by Max Brantley
During a spirited debate, opponents of the bill questioned Womack on how such a ban would be implemented and how much the government would investigate prospective parents' sexual behavior.I've asked the governor for comment on the background of these two appointees. His spokesman has not responded.
"Are you gay or are you heterosexual?" Argue asked Womack.
"Excuse me?" Womack replied.
Argue repeated the question, and Womack responded that he is "proudly heterosexual." "Can you prove that to me?" Argue asked. Womack paused and said, "I certainly would, yes." "How would you go about offering up proof?" Argue asked. "I'm not sure that's a conversation that we would have in mixed company," Womack said. Argue told Womack he was trying to point out that adoptive or foster parents shouldn't be asked to prove their sexuality. Womack said they wouldn't have to. It would be the state's burden to prove they're homosexual if a question arises, he said. "How would the state prove that someone's homosexual?" Argue asked.
Womack said it could be through testimony or admission or "a number of ways." He acknowledged it would be difficult to prove if someone were "in the closet."
Argue said it would also be difficult to prove that unmarried heterosexual adults who live together were involved in a sexual relationship, which is the definition of cohabiting.
"We're not going to install a camera in the bedroom, are we?" Argue asked.