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Thursday, October 16, 2008

“Our children need a mother and a father to thrive.”

posted by on October 16 at 15:55 PM

Another little girl fails to thrive, despite having male and female role models in the home.

Covered with bruises from beatings with a leather belt, the nude, starving 9-year-old girl decided it was time to escape her bathroom prison. She pushed out a small window screen and climbed onto the sill. Then, she dropped 12 feet to the ground outside.

Still locked in a separate bathroom was her 6-year-old brother, curled in the fetal position and nearly dead…. When police found the boy, they thought he was dead. Both children were rushed to a Salt Lake County hospital, where they remained in serious condition Wednesday.

No adults were inside the house. But, later Tuesday, police arrested the children’s aunt, Mary Heath, 33, and her live-in boyfriend, Sekoa Aiono, 37, both of Eagle Mountain, on suspicion of second-degree felony child abuse neglect. The two were booked into Utah County jail and bond was set at $25,000.

But, hey, at least they weren’t adopted by fags.

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1

I know, right?!

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 16, 2008 4:09 PM
2

Both of these adults need to be soundly beaten then sterialized.

Then jailed for several years.

Posted by Jack | October 16, 2008 4:17 PM
3

"But, hey, at least they werenít adopted by fags."

Could still happen.

Posted by Trouble | October 16, 2008 4:32 PM
4

That is SO gay.

Posted by Ritzy Jeez | October 16, 2008 5:57 PM
5

@2, Just several years?

@3, Yeah, cause the straight folks won't want 'em.

Posted by sepiolida | October 16, 2008 6:44 PM
6

Those wacky breeders!

What will they do next??

Posted by blackhook | October 16, 2008 7:55 PM
7

Dan, do you think maybe the initial point has been made with this series and now you run the risk of being accused of exploiting the horror of these situations? It's starting to feel sensationalist.

I get it, and I wholeheartedly concur with the truth you are conveying - that sexual orientation has nothing to do with one's ability to parent and anyone who thinks otherwise is a) bonkers and b) standing in the way of children finding loving homes.

I cheered the first time you cleverly pointed out the truck-sized holes in the ridiculous "mother/father" argument against gay adoption. Now it just feels like you're exploiting these tragedies (and while the whackjobs who oppose gay adoptions do that sort of thing all the time, you are not a whackjob). And now that it's just same thing different horrorshow, is it really getting us anywhere? Stop making me cry at my desk.

But bring on the new, brilliant, devastating Dan Savage way to tell those homophobic fuckers what's what. I'm ready to post the link.

Posted by jenipeep | October 16, 2008 9:31 PM
8

The first story about a gay couple that abuses a child is going to hit the fan and one wonders who and what will be the reaction. People, good and bad, are gay and straight. People are the same. I worry about generalizations. They can be dangerous. The point should be protecting the children from ANY abuser.

Posted by Vince | October 17, 2008 7:03 AM
9

I have to agree with 7 on this. I have a 6-year-old girl, and seeing these stories about abused children really brings me to tears (and I'm reading this at my desk, my co-workers can't understand the weeping), and it just seems to me that now you are preaching to the choir. I have yet to see a post from a reader disagreeing about gay adoption, or at least not a convincing one.

You've made the point. Now, what's the next step? How about working towards harsher punishments for anyone abusing children.

Start a petition. Start a campaign. I'll support that. I'll knock on doors for you, I'll put the word out. I'm sick and tired of seeing baby rapists and child abusers put back out on the streets after serving out a few months of a woefully inappropriatly small sentence. You have the resources, you have the audience.

You have our attention. Now do something with it.

Posted by Charm | October 17, 2008 7:48 AM
10

I have to agree. In the 'comments' area of the KING-5 dot com article about the girl in Carnation, someone made this argument. Not nearly as articulately as our friend Dan, but the gist was the same. A few of the other posters took him apart for politicizing/exploiting the tragedy. Clearly they are not Stranger readers! You know your audience, Dan, and the point has been made. It's gone over fairly well here but enough is enough. I would suggest casting a wider net if you expect to bring anyone else around on this. But above all I would agree with #9 - Recruit us! We will do the footwork for you.

Posted by hi dan | October 17, 2008 11:31 AM
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#9: Dan has made it clear what the next step is. Protect Marriage Equality. Even if you don't have a question for Dan (and the deadline has passed), the next step is: give to NoOn8.

Posted by John D | October 18, 2008 2:10 AM
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@11 - I'm sorry, but protecting gay rights is not going to help stop people abusing their children. Hell, giving to NoOn8 isn't even guarantee that gay people will have the right to marry.

Posted by Charm | October 21, 2008 1:38 PM

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