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There's always adoption, but not adoption by gay people

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A new report released in cooperation with the Center for American Progress, the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) and Voice for Adoption has found that increasing discrimination against would-be LGBT adoptive parents will likely exacerbate the ongoing crisis for children in the foster care system and those looking for a forever family.

The report stems from recent moves by legislatures around the country to, in the name of religious freedom, allow state-funded adoption agencies to discriminate against those who do not share their religious beliefs. In many cases, these restrictions are targeted specifically to gay and lesbian hopeful adoptive parents.

In the recently released report, adoption and LGBT rights experts explore the current legal landscape or protections and discrimination for LGBT foster and adoptive parents; the impacts of religious exemptions on the nation’s child welfare systems; and possible recommendations for how to best eliminate discrimination against LGBT foster and adoptive parents.


During a visit to Jacksonville to promote adoption in Florida, Gov. Charlie Crist reiterated his opposition to gay adoption in the state.

But when asked about it three hours earlier in Tallahassee, he sounded less opposed.

As a part of his statewide tour for "Explore Adoption Day," Crist spoke to a crowded courtroom at the Duval County Courthouse about the increase in adoptions throughout the state.

Crist and other adoption advocates talked about the need for even more adoption, especially for older children who have a difficult time making it out of the system.


Sen. Tom Cotton tweeted, “Pete Buttigieg was completely unqualified to serve as Secretary of Transportation. But Biden still picked him. Now Pete is absent during a transportation crisis that is hurting working-class Americans.”

This is the same Cotton who argued the value of life, especially for premature babies who survive abortions: “These are precious little children, made in the image of God and endowed by Him with the same worth and dignity as you and me and all of us,” he said.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn piled on, slamming Buttigieg for “sitting at home” — or what millions of new parents call family leave.

And Tucker Carlson, the very same who likened abortion proponents to Hitler, welcomed the news of Buttigieg’s adoption by sneering, “…paternity leave is what they are calling it. Trying to figure out how to breastfeed — no word on how that went.”

It’s almost as if — almost — Republicans are playing politics with abortion. They sound less than committed to “family values” when they mock adoptive parents for, you know, parenting. Call me crazy, but it seems like the sanctity of life loses its luster when applied to the adopted babies of a liberal, gay couple.

In a world that made sense, opponents of abortion would be the loudest proponents of adoption, including gay adoption. The Buttigiegs would be heralded by the right for adopting two babies that might have otherwise been aborted. And Pete’s decision to stay home with his babies for a month or so would be celebrated as good family values.

But the Buttigieg reaction proves that, amidst a long line of hypocrisies, moral failures and intellectual dishonesties in today’s Republican Party, we just don’t live in that world.



Mirrored at the Nerve Center as "Adoption".


Categories: Across time, Class disparities, Double standards, Hypocrisy, NOT, Selective outrage, Serious consequences, Trying to have it both ways

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