Sunday, March 17, 2013

LB380 video: NE State Sen. Colby Coash trolls Judiciary Committee, asks if he and Sen. Mark Christensen can adopt a kid together

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First Coash, BFF of Ted Nugent, asked Sen. Sara Howard, sponsor of LB380, which would allow second parent adoptions in Nebraska, this: "Could you and I adopt a baby?"
     At that point Howard patiently explained to Coash (who was choreographing his "confusion" with flailing hands) that the language of her bill requires compliance with statutory procedures required for adoption (living together, background check, home visit, etc.)
     Presumably, Coash could have read this in the bill before the hearing. Apparently he didn't, and also didn't pay attention to Howard's spoon-fed explanation either, because a few minutes later he reasked the question in an even more inanely provocative manner: "I'm not married to Sen. Mark Christensen either. Could we adopt a kid?"
     (Coash and Christensen sit next to each other at the Judiciary Committee, if that carries any weight.)
     Howard again explained: "You two would have to live together..."
     At this point it was crystal clear that Coash was grandstanding.
     It's sad that the voters of District 27, comprising a large swath of west, downtown and south Lincoln, whom Coash putatively represents, haven't yet dumped him at the ballot box in favor of a better steward of their interests in the Unicameral.


  1. You do realize that they COULD adopt a kid together under this bill, correct? No, they would not have to live together. Sen. Howard was explaining they *might* have to live together to pass the home study done by DHHS. The bill absolutely does not state that the "any two people jointly adopting" have to live together. That is NOT in the bill.

    1. Sen. Howard's bill explicitly states that adoptions are "subject to sections 43-101 to 43-115."

      Section 43-107 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes requires an adoptive home study by DHHS before adoption of any minor can be made. If you have evidence that DHHS is prone to approving adoptions by couples who do not live together, AKSARBENT would love to see that proof.

      In any case, Sen. Howard's bill does not interfere with whatever DHHS determination is made regarding the suitability of couples to raise their charges.