Adoption by same-sex couples.
John Allen's column, "A new church-state standoff"
(NCR, Feb. 16), is based on a false dichotomy laid bare by the
sub-headline: "Adoption case pits traditional family values against
gay rights." It does not. This is sloganeering borrowed from the
so-called Christian right. Traditional family values are about caring,
nurturing and love. And that's exactly what is happening among the
10 million to 14 million children in the United States who are in
families headed by two moms or two dads. Rather than obsess about an
abstract concept, "homosexuality," the institutional church
should focus on the real issue: Is it in the best interest of the child
to deny adoption to same-sex couples? As with opposite sex couples, the
answer depends on the particular child and the particular couple
involved. And studies show that children in same-sex-headed families do
just as well as those in opposite-sex-headed families, and better than
children who remain un-adopted.
MARY ELLEN and CASEY LOPATA