Rallies held to show support of Dusten Brown

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 9/27/2013 5:34 pm Published: 9/27/2013 3:22 pm

Less than a week after the girl known as Baby Veronica was handed over to her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, supporters of the girl's biological father, Dusten Brown, began rallying across the area and the country.

FOX23's Ian Silver was at one of those rallies Friday morning in downtown Tulsa.

Protestors told FOX23 they were there for a variety of reasons, but all of them said an injustice has been done and they want the entire world to know it.

Jokay Dowell led Friday's rally, insisting that the law was ignored from the initial adoption all the way through the Capobiancos taking Veronica away.

"The law was not followed in so many aspects. She never had a best interest hearing," she said.

She sees this case as a symbol of several bigger problems, the Indian Child Welfare Act being ignored and fathers' rights being viewed as less important than mothers'.

"Birth mothers are allowed to change their minds. Why are biological fathers not given the same rights?" she asked.

Fathers' rights is one of several reasons George Hoos came to the rally. He said Brown has been a good father to both of his daughters and deserves to keep both.

"I'm going to stand with him arm in arm. And I believe wholeheartedly that Dusten Brown is a good man who wanted to do right by his children. He's doing right by Kelsey, and he's trying to do right by Veronica," he said.

He, too, sees this case as an assault on Indian families, but says he hopes it sheds light on a much bigger problem in the adoption world.

"I see it happening to black children, I see it happening to Hispanic children, I see it happening to white children, where they're given off to some rich family because of money, when there's a loving family at home," he said.

Hoos just hopes rallies will keep pressure on the legal system to do what he thinks is right and give Dusten Brown and Veronica the best interest hearing Brown has been after.

"As a father, the best interest is for her to be with her family, where she has parents, grandparents, cousins," he said.

Similar rallies were held today in several other states, Canada and Africa.

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Stopthemadness - 10/5/2013 6:12 PM
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These adoptive parents don't realize that this little girl will grow up to HATE them!! You can never break the bond of biological parents. She will google this someday and realize how hard her dad fought for her and will HATE the adoptive parents...no child wants to be adopted when they don't have to be. Good luck with that one!!

TensOfPeople - 9/27/2013 6:35 PM
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Rallies. With tens of people. Probably the biggest turnout they've ever had. What's that make it now, 30 max?

TensOfPeople - 9/27/2013 6:34 PM
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They sure love to wait until the last second to "take a stand" don't they? They should call themselves "Standing Around for Dusten Brown" because they hardly do a thing and they support her father, not Veronica's, rights. Besides, her adoptive parents are her legal parents, and her legal name is Veronica Capobianco. They wanted her before she was born, while Dusten willingly signed his rights away, and only got custody because his mama pitched a fit and they abused a poorly-written law that is racially biased and does not afford all children equal rights. SIX COURTS have upheld this. How about worrying about all those kids up in Spirit Lake? Go "Stand Around" for them. They could use good homes - and by good homes, I mean those devoid of sexual predators.

kln2000 - 9/27/2013 6:19 PM
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Some BIG rally that is, LOL! Veronica is home now where she belongs. Several courts ruled, there was no injusice. In fact, justice was finally served!
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