Not only did Department for Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore dismiss as a “distraction” concerns about whether DCF discriminates against same-sex couples, she claimed that lawmakers who pressed the issue could be to blame if a child died. “If ever the distraction of that issue for political means results in a child death, I think, I would say ‘shame on the legislators who are politicizing that,’” Gilmore told the House Children and Seniors Committee this week. Gilmore also blasted a Johnson County judge who ruled in 2013 that DCF officials, including Gilmore, “conducted a ‘witch hunt’” against a lesbian couple seeking to adopt an infant they had cared for since birth. And she claimed that a proposed audit question – “What are DCF’s formal policies and actual practices regarding the placement of foster care and adoptive children with same-sex couples, and how do they compare to those in other states?” – was “unbelievably accusatory.” When a puzzled Rep. Jarrod Ousley, D-Merriam, tried to read the audit question and ask how it was accusatory, Gilmore talked over him. As Shakespeare wrote: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” – Phillip Brownlee
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