Queerty is better as a member
Let’s be clear. This is not about placing a child with a straight couple instead of a gay person. The number of foster children is greater than the number of placements. By By excluding gay applicants, it means leaving children homeless. These bigots are sick.
Based on federal statistics, there were 408,425 children in foster care (across the USA) on September 30, 2010. For some perspective…. 408,425 children is more than the population of incorporated Miami, FL or incorporated New Orleans, LA.
Of that 408,425, about 25% of those children had a goal of adoption vs. being reunified with their parents, emancipated, etc. So, there were (on that day) over 102,000 kids in the foster care system in the USA awaiting adoption. That’s about the population of incorporated Burbank, CA.
Based on that alone, the LGBT community is in a perfect position to address this significant social and moral issue in the USA. For me, it makes the surrogacy vs. adoption question extremely easy. There are so many kids out there that already don’t have a permanent home…. and that just get bounced around from foster care home to foster care home. Many of these kids “age out” of foster care and never have their own permanent family. (AND – As many of us know, almost all of these kids come from heterosexual households that have failed in one form or another).
If your state is considering laws that would limit adoption… definitely write to your representative about it. This type of discrimination only hurts these children further. Instead of making adoption easier….. these discriminatory laws only further promote keeping these kids in the foster care system.
“faith based organization” = institutionalized bigotry organization. I know plenty of people of faith who have no problem with gay people, gay marriage, or gay adoption.
I’m sick of the B.S. excuse that right wingers try to make that just because something is a “Religious Opinion” it is somehow exempt from rational thought.
Hey guess what, if you hate blacks, women, gays, Whites, Men, etc… You’re a bigot. I don’t care if your religion tells you to….it is irrelevent where the thought comes from. If your daddy told you to hate them because he was a Klansman or your Mormon Bishop told you to there is no difference. You’re a bigot, end of story.
It’s time for me to leave Mi., I hate this place.
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