Tuesday, July 15, 2008

McCain Watch: McCain’s extremist opposition to gay adoption

Barack Obama reversed his pledge to stand up against FISA. I think that's wrong and I'll continue to say it. But lest you think I'm not aware what a disaster it would be for this country -- and the world -- were John McCain to slip into the White House (yes, I'm talking to you, Donald!), here's yet another reason why we must not let McCain get elected in November. From ThinkProgress:
In a revealing interview with the New York Times, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) — an adoptive parent himself — declared that he opposed the right of gay couples to adopt children, even if it meant leaving children in orphanages:

Q: President Bush believes that gay couples should not be permitted to adopt children. Do you agree with that?

Mr. McCain: I think that we’ve proven that both parents are important in the success of a family so, no I don’t believe in gay adoption.

Q: Even if the alternative is the kid staying in an orphanage, or not having parents.

Mr. McCain: I encourage adoption and I encourage the opportunities for people to adopt children I encourage the process being less complicated so they can adopt as quickly as possible. And Cindy and I are proud of being adoptive parents.

Q: But your concern would be that the couple should a traditional couple

Mr. McCain: Yes.

McCain’s position is an extreme one, considering that only one state, Florida, forbids all forms of gay adoption. A March 2007 study estimated that 65,000 adopted children are living with a gay or lesbian parent, and determined that a national ban on LGBT foster care could cost anywhere from $87 million to $130 million.

From the American Academy of Pediatrics:
A growing body of scientific literature demonstrates that children who grow up with 1 or 2 gay and/or lesbian parents fare as well in emotional, cognitive, social, and sexual functioning as do children whose parents are heterosexual. Children’s optimal development seems to be influenced more by the nature of the relationships and interactions within the family unit than by the particular structural form it takes.
Just one more example of John McCain's extreme ignorance and narrow-mindedness.


Queers United said...

thanks for exposing this @sshole

donald said...

oh no, i guess i have over stepped my bounds! i am being addressed directly! LOL yes, i want you, as we all should, hold obama accountable for his positions. but, maybe something positive on ocassion? there has to be something you like about him.

what we need is a strong independant candidate that does not have to tow the party line to get elected. both parties are corrupt any more. how about hillary running as an independant, now that would shake things up!

thanks for the information regarding mccains position on gay adoption. it is sad that so many believe that growing up in a disfunctional traditional family is better than in a loving, nurturing gay family. shame on them!

Sue J said...

i am being addressed directly!

See -- you're a Star!

there has to be something you like about him. Ummm, o.k. You mean other than "He's not McCain"? I'll try to be more balanced in my Obama coverage.

growing up in a disfunctional traditional family Holy crap! Can you image John and Cindy as your parents?!!! Someone should go pull that poor adopted child out of their home and send her to Sara and her wife! Much more functional family unit!

Mauigirl said...

So glad you posted on this, I've been meaning to as well. I read that interview in the Times and was appalled. He is way more conservative - read that as "bigoted" - than a lot of people realize and we have to make sure the word gets out.

Sue J said...

Mauigirl, I know -- not exactly a "Maverick" eh?

Allie said...

My niece and nephew seem to be doing just fine. I think they're lucky to have 2 moms!!

I was so upset when I heard about the couple that tried to adopt the foster kids they had nursed back to health after bouts with AIDS and mental dysfunction. They of course wouldn't let them. You can take care of the kids for us, but you can't KEEP them. We'd rather give them to a bigoted super-religious rich white family.

I can't believe you don't like Obama! As long as you don't vote for the octogenarian though I'll forgive you (hahaha). I like Obama's ideas about opening the government back up to make them more accountable. I may be the only one watching the health insurance round-table on CSPAN, but they'll have to answer to me if I hear something I don't like, dammit!