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14 July 2008

McCain on Adoption: Gay Couples Need Not Apply

By Diana Hsieh

Presidential candidate John McCain would prefer a child to remain in foster care than be adopted by a gay couple:

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.
Homosexuality is a neutral trait: a person can be good or evil, worthy or unworthy, competent or incompetent, law-abiding or criminal -- whatever his sexual orientation. A proper government should never discriminate against homosexuals. To do so is a violation of a person's right, as an individual, to be treated equally before the law.

Government discrimination against homosexuals in the case of adoption is particularly egregious, as a gay couple may be a child's only chance to settle into a loving, stable home. Proper government policy on adoption should only concern the fitness of individual parents. Homosexuality is not a legitimate disqualifier: psychological studies show that kids do as well with homosexual parents as with heterosexual parents.

Lamentably, prejudice against homosexuals remains entrenched in American government at all levels, largely due to the persistent (and growing) influence of religion in government. Christian scripture condemns homosexuality. According to Leviticus 18:22, homosexuality is an "abomination" to God. Based on such judgments from on high, government officials -- heedless of the proper wall of separation between their private religious views and government policy -- think themselves justified in discrimination against homosexuals as a group. To that end, they're willing to deprive children of loving, stable homes.

That's wrong -- morally wrong. It should be opposed, not just by homosexuals wishing to adopt. It should be opposed by every advocate of the separation of church and state.

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