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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

Rochester, N.Y.
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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Ellen, Mary; Lopata, Casey
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Mar 16, 2007
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