removing the children from the home in which they have been raised—”one
of the most caring and nurturing placements” the guardian has ever
seen. It would mean putting them through the trauma, once again, of
being uprooted and placed with complete strangers. And because of the
difficulty of placing kids their age, the child enrichment center said,
it could mean the brothers would be permanently separated from each
And for what? Solely to shield them from the supposed
perils of gay parents. Gays are treated as more dangerous than felons,
drug offenders and known child abusers—none of whom is categorically
barred from adopting.
As it happens, those dangers are mostly
imaginary. According to evidence cited by the judge, gays are slightly
more likely than heterosexuals to suffer psychiatric problems, engage
in substance abuse and smoke, but so are lots of other groups that are
allowed to adopt. The American Psychological Association says it finds
no difference between the parenting of homosexuals and heterosexuals.
But Steve! Traditional marriage! God and Adam and Eve and Steve! Noooooo! They’ll be marrying you to your box turtle next!
Still, he manages to point out he’s only in favor of giving kids to a couple of dudes because there’s no way around it:
them could be raised by stable, loving, heterosexual couples? Possibly.
But that’s not an option.
Hat tip to AB.