Dittow, wizwor, although I do think gays should be able to adopt. I have several gay friends who are doing a spectacular job raising adopted children, and one couple went out of their way to adopt special needs children.
In summary, tradition and science agree that biological ties and dual gender parenting are protective for children. The family environment in which children are reared plays a critical role in forming a secure gender identity, positive emotional well-being, and optimal academic achievement. Decades of social science research documents that children develop optimally when reared by their two biological parents in a low conflict marriage. The limited research advocating childrearing by homosexual parents has severe methodological limitations. There is significant risk of harm inherent in exposing a child to the homosexual lifestyle. Given the current body of evidence, the American College of Pediatricians believes it is inappropriate, potentially hazardous to children, and dangerously irresponsible to change the age-old prohibition on homosexual parenting, whether by adoption, foster care, or reproductive manipulation. This position is rooted in the best available science.
So, you are supporting homosexual marriage AND adoption.
Free Republic is a CONSERVATIVE forum, did you miss that?
The preposterous notion that sexual deviants should be allowed to take possession of other people’s children is simply the most disgusting idea yet. Talk about foisting a lifetime of sexual abuse and harrassment on children, this is the absolutely the lowest of the low.
I would be very interested to hear the basis of your judgment that your homosexual friends are doing a "spectacular job" raising their adopted children. By the way, are these actually your friends, or are they merely acquaintances in your neighborhood who "seem" to be nice people? Have you seen what goes on behind closed doors - or, heaven forbid, have you allowed yourself to be misled by the superficial outward appearances we are all so skilled at presenting?
More to the point, have you engaged in any objective evaluation of the children? Perhaps you have accepted prima facie some glowing news reports about homosexual parenting, and are assuming that your friends/acquaintences must be doing a "spectacular" job.
You may perhaps be unaware that such studies typically rely upon the self-reporting of the homosexual parents (in essence, asking those who very likely have an agenda of presenting homosexual parenting in the best positive light to rate their own parenting skills).
Have you asked the children how they feel about being intentionally deprived of either a mother or a father? As someone who has researched in and written on this subject, it is heartbreaking to read about comments made by these precious children indicating that they are longing for their missing opposite-sex parent.
And I am deeply offended by the callous response of their "daddies" or "mommies," who treat as a joke the child's heartfelt wondering about when they are getting their own mommy or daddy (curiously, there is no evidence that these children have been "indoctrinated" by "intolerant" pro-family activists...)
Sadly, it seems that in the rush to grant full societal affirmation to a lifestyle that almost all cultures have deemed to be inimical to the institution of marriage and the family, no one is listening to the children.
Homosexuals molest children at a much higher rate than normal people. Homosexuals should not adopt or foster children. Homosexuality is a mental illness. Mentally ill people should not adopt or foster children.