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July 16, 2008

McCain Blasted For Opposing Gay Adoption

  Does John McCain prefer to see children move from foster home to foster home or live in a group home versus a stable loving environment?  I thought the goal was for children to find a home with people who will love and nurture them and not hurt or abuse them? Does McCain think it’s better for these children to have an unstable life?

Advocates for gay and lesbian families are denouncing John McCain, an adoptive father himself, for opposing adoptions by gays, which prompted his presidential campaign to clarify Tuesday that he does not seek a federal ban on the practice.

Only one state, Florida, outlaws gay adoptions, which have become commonplace in much of the nation.

McCain was asked for his views on the subject in an interview published Sunday in The New York Times.

“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,” McCain replied.

McCain then remarked that he and his wife, Cindy, were proud to be adoptive parents of a daughter born in Bangladesh, and he encouraged others to adopt. Asked if those adopting should be a “traditional couple,” McCain answered, “Yes.”

The responses were condemned by gay and lesbian groups.

“He’s completely out of touch,” said Kara Suffredini, public policy director for the Family Equality Council. “There’s no reason, except for the sake of red meat for his base, to throw up screens in the way of children in foster care getting homes.”

Jody Huckaby, executive director of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, said McCain’s comments were especially dismaying because more than 100,000 children are in foster care waiting to be adopted.

“Sen. McCain would deny loving homes to children who desperately need them simply because of an outdated prejudice about what a family may look like,” Huckaby said.

An estimated 65,000 children have been adopted by gays and lesbians, according to advocacy groups. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychiatric Association and the National Association of Social Workers, among other groups, have expressed support for gay adoptions.

“It is an insult to these professionals and the children whom they represent to suggest that the door should be closed to people other than a ‘traditional’ married couple,” said Ellen Kahn, who coordinates family-related projects for the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights group.

Adam Pertman, executive director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, said McCain “needs to read the research and rethink his comments.”

“His implication is that every adopted child should have a mother and father,” Pertman added. “That may be the ideal, but if we stick to it, we would have far fewer homes for kids. Single people — gay and straight — represent a significant number of adoptive parents.”

Recent national polls suggest that support for the concept of gay adoption is growing. A 2006 poll by the Pew Research Center found a near-even split on the issue; a 2007 poll by CNN and Opinion Research Corp. said 57% of respondents felt gays should have the right to adopt, while 40% said they shouldn’t.

A gay adoptive father in Atlanta, Ken Manford, said he and his partner have felt strong support and acceptance from neighbors and acquaintances since they adopted a son from Guatemala nearly seven years ago.

“If Sen. McCain came and sat down with us, I’d tell him we’ve proven that both parents are important in our family,” Manford said. “It doesn’t matter that both those parents are men.”

McCain’s Democratic rival, Barack Obama, supports adoption rights for gays and lesbians.




  1. “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,”

    Does McCain’s staff have any numbers on the amount of a single parent families that raise children into upstanding contributing members of society?

    With every passing day McCain’s campaign is becoming more Laurel & Hardy than Presidential.

    Comment by dougpastorek — July 16, 2008 @ 3:28 pm | Reply

  2. Perez Hilton actually called McCain out in an article and then once it got popular McCain backed off his statements. Its kind of interesting he was somewhat forced to back off because of Perez Hilton and his fan base.


    Comment by sensico — July 16, 2008 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

  3. Hey Doug! McCain’s ignorance is bewildering and bothersome! Can you imagine how you Canadians will laugh at us if we elect another person with significant learning difficulties to the White House?

    Comment by Paulette — July 16, 2008 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

  4. Good for Perez Hilton — I cannot believe I’m praising Perez Hilton for being a political advocate? LOL! McCain is an idiot.

    Comment by Paulette — July 16, 2008 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

  5. I think he just flip-flopped on this today. It’s difficult keeping up with McCain’s position on anything. He is all over the place.

    Comment by Cats r Flyfishn — July 16, 2008 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

  6. Cats – McCain says what he means and then his campaign staff corrects him and then he makes an announcement about what they tell him to say. How ludicrous is he? It’s on tape and it’s published in the NYT – too late.

    Comment by Paulette — July 16, 2008 @ 5:05 pm | Reply

  7. I was going to write about this as well. Maybe I still will. 🙂

    This goes to the heart of the religious right’s position on gays (and is nothing but a bone thrown to McCain’s base) — that kids are better off in a “traditional household” with a mother and father. Never mind that many (I did not say all or even most) of those households are disfunctional. And what about all the single-parent households? Are none of those fit because there’s no mother or father there? What about all the kids that have grown up in single-parent families and have turned out to be productive members of society? (As Doug mentioned) What about all the kids who have grown up in gay families and have turned out to be productive members of society?

    Better off than what, you ask? Apparently living in an abusive household is better than living with a gay family, according to some. That defies simple logic. But then, so does the myth that all gay men and lesbians are looking to have sex with everyone else of the same gender and convert all kids. Please.

    Does every straight man find every woman attractive? Wait. Don’t answer that. Might be yes. 🙂 Does every straight woman find every man attractive? Of course not. Same thing for gays and lesbians. I can guarantee that they don’t find all members of their gender attractive.

    McCain’s position — at the risk of being redundant — is simply red meat for his ultra-conservative Republican base.

    Comment by deannaizme — July 16, 2008 @ 5:55 pm | Reply

  8. Deanna — PREACH! Please do a post on the topic. Your point of view is very enlightening and we need to hear all sides. Cheers!

    Comment by Paulette — July 16, 2008 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

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