Attorney General Jay Nixon says he will not reconsider seeking dismissal of a challenge to a state law banning homosexuals from becoming foster parents. Social Services Director Gary Sherman says Nixon did not consult with him before asking the Supreme Court to dismiss the appeal of the case. The State Appeals Court had ruled against the state and Sherman wants his agency’s arguments heard by the Supreme Court. But Nixon says Sherman needs to blame his boss, Governor Matt Blunt, if he’s going to blame anybody because Blunt signed a bill that removed the last legal defense Nixon could argue. And, he says his staff told the Governor’s office what would happen if he signed the bill. Sherman says the case is about what’s best for children. Nixon says the case was about sexual activities of homosexuals that made them unfit in the state’s eyes to be foster parents. Now that those activities are legal, he says this case has no legal basis and no reason to be appealed. Sherman says his agency will write emergency rules to deal with the issue. Nixon says he’ll defend the rules as long as there are legal grounds to do so.
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