I want my Christian friends to hear me out, lest they misunderstand.
John DeBerry has introduced a bill in the state house that bans adoption by non-married couples. I’m sure its intent was to ban gay adoptions in a way that could pass constitutional muster. As someone who is philosophically pro-life, this angers me. You don’t ever discourage adoptions. Ever.
Never mind your preconceptions about the foster care system. Vetting for permanent adoptions is very thorough – I know, I’ve been through it twice. People who are not fit to parent, married, unmarried, gay, straight – will be ruled out by the home-study and the other state run processes. And this bill is discriminatory: people who aren’t married but fertile can have all the children they want.
There is already a hodgepodge of prerequisite rules for adoption; each agency has its own set of rules and requirements. Our adoption agency only took applications from married couples, under a certain age, who weren’t overweight.
No doubt, these requirements, at the agency level, have discouraged many from choosing adoption to build their families. But there are many agencies with much more liberal rules. The important thing is that these rules were enforced by the agency and not the state. This is as it should be. We chose an agency we were comfortable with. A very libertarian philosophy, if you ask me.
Back on point – some people just don’t think these things through. They get so hung up about “teh gays” or couples who shack up, they diminish the pool of potential adoptive parents. Don’t let anyone fool you, there is NOT a waiting list for special needs children, older children, non-white children. These kids are near impossible to place.
You know what? I was raised by sinners. So were you. I do not believe in degrees of sin.
Don’t be a dumb idgit galoot. Encourage adoption.
Hat tip: Braisted.