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A Gay Parentís Complaint About Adoption Illustrates A Dangerous Adult-Centric Mindset
The Federalist ^ | 08/27/2018 | Katy Faust

Posted on 08/27/2018 11:47:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Every now and then you come across an article that perfectly illustrates how grossly adult-centric the debate surrounding family has become — to the exclusion of the rights and needs of children.

In her article “I Had To Get A Second Parent Adoption And There’s A Ridiculous Reason Why” Lora Leigel describes her marriage to her female partner, and their decision to have a child using a sperm donor. Because they used her partner’s egg and she was not biologically related to the baby, Leigel had to sign paperwork to adopt the child as a “second parent.”

Spoiler: She thinks it’s “ridiculous” that it takes more than a signature to legally possess someone else’s child.

Throughout her narrative Leigel presents herself as the sole victim of her family arrangement. She focuses entirely on her own desires and discomfort — detailing the cruelty, the cruelty, of the “cold stethoscope” during a routine physical and how she once had to endure the metal detectors and “hard wooden benches” of a courtroom. Not one sentence in her article acknowledges the fact that she participated in intentionally depriving this boy of his father … for life.

When considering what cruelty looks like I’m going to go with father deprivation over cold stethoscopes, every single time.

Leigel writes: “I had to advocate that I wanted the documents to say ‘second parent adoption’, not ‘step-parent adoption.’ Neither label felt right ― my son was not the product of a split relationship, but the creation of a joint vision…”

Wrong.

This precious boy was not the creation of “joint vision.” He was created the way all children are created — with the required contributions from a man and a woman. In this case, the man who contributed was an anonymous stranger. If this boy is like many other donor conceived children, he’ll experience complication and sadness at every stage of his life because of it. Leigel’s “joint vision” is built upon the rubble of a child’s lifelong loss.

She complains, “I couldn’t get that term — ‘second parent’ — out of my head. In a heterosexual relationship, parents just get to be called mom and dad — there is no ‘first’ or ‘second…’ I felt like I was being told that I was lesser than — that I was unequal — and it made me furious…”

The culprit behind that mystifying distinction is not, as Leigel seems to think, some kind of anti-gay bureaucracy. It’s biology.

One man and one woman results in one mom and one dad. Both needed, both equal, both first … neither second. For her to become a “second” parent she had to legally and relationally cut off something which that baby deserves — to be known and loved by his father. The only reason Leigel has found herself in this “murky” legal situation is because a man was essential for her to realize her “vision” of a family. Yet she believes that man is not essential to the child she has created.

She opened her article with euphoria over the Obergefell decision which was argued, and granted, on the grounds that marriage and parenthood were completely separate endeavors. Yet later in the article she writes, “I was upset that marriage was not enough [to grant legal parenthood] and that I found myself in this situation solely because I’m gay.”

In this one sentence she admits two things that we we all know to be true: First, marriage is ultimately about children, and second, same-sex and opposite-sex marriage is different.

When it comes to companionship and commitment, there may be no difference between Leigel’s marriage and that of her married heterosexual neighbors Bill and Betty. But with respect to children, her marriage can never achieve the new life Bill and Betty’s can. Heterosexual marriage alone has the capacity to unite a child with both biological parents, something which children not only deserve, but also long for. That procreative difference wasn’t enough to persuade five Supreme Court justices. But if he’s like other children with same-sex parents, this sweet boy will notice, and grieve, the difference daily when he watches his friends being loved by their fathers.

Leigel goes on to decry the “complicated, confusing, and expensive legal system” she had to undergo to adopt her partner’s child. Because this process was inconvenient for her, she is unable, or unwilling, to understand that it exists because it’s not supposed to be easy to cut off a child’s biological parent and reattach them to a biological stranger. Why is that? Because, while there are heroic stepparents out there, statistically non-biological caregivers do not offer children the same level of attachment, protection, permanence and provision as biological parents. Neither do they offer children the biological identity that both adopted and donor-conceived children crave.

What Leigel really wants is for the state to grant her authority over an unrelated child based simply on her desire to parent. Something that adoption agencies would never get away with. But if parenthood is defined by an adult’s intent to parent, regardless of how it violates the rights of children, then babies are simply commodities awarded to whichever adults can acquire them. When children no longer have a right to their mother and father, they can be cut and pasted into any and every adult arrangement. That is the world where rich single men can mass-produce babies and pedophiles can custom order children to abuse. Children become, as Rabbi Gilles Bernheim states, “objects of rights” rather than “subjects of rights.”

Well, Liegel, your good news is bad news for children. Your home state of Washington recently passed, on the back of sympathetically-told stories like yours, the Uniform Parentage Act which grants parenthood to ANYONE who can procure a child through reproductive technologies, regardless of whether or not they are genetically related to those children. Now the process will be nice and speedy for you, without any of those pesky background checks or home studies. And children will be trafficked, but at least you won’t have to pay $500 to any more social workers. So there’s that.

In a perfect world, all adults — gay or straight — would conform to a child’s right to be known and loved by both biological parents. Until then, we will have to settle for articles and mindsets like Leigel’s, which so perfectly illustrates the harm to children when adults believe that marriage and parenthood is all about them.

Katy Faust is the Founder and Director of the children’s rights organization Them Before Us and the Washington State leader of CanaVox. After college, she received a Fulbright scholarship to Taiwan, and worked with the largest Chinese adoption agency in the world. She is married and the mother of four children, the youngest of whom is adopted from China.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: adoption; homosexualadoption; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; psychology
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1 posted on 08/27/2018 11:47:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

That poor kid. I can’t believe that this is now an issue.

Amazing.


2 posted on 08/27/2018 11:50:59 AM PDT by rlmorel (Leftists: They believe in the "Invisible Hand" only when it is guided by government.)
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To: SeekAndFind

We aren’t supposed to talk about certain things, such as instability in homosexual relationships. But it’s quite possible this woman won’t be in this child’s life long term.

In that case, all her angst will be a moot point.


3 posted on 08/27/2018 11:53:00 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SeekAndFind
Adult-centric. It's all about me, me, me!
4 posted on 08/27/2018 11:55:40 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: SeekAndFind

I have, more than once, asked friends who think adoptions by gays are no different than adoptions by a married, heterosexual couple, this question: why do you have the right to decide that this child doesn’t get to have a Mother and a Father?? I have asked friends who have no children yet think it’s fine for a child to have ‘two daddies or two mommies’, if the had benefited from have a MOTHER and a FATHER. I never get answers to these logical questions. Gay adoptions are NEVER about the child. They are always about self-centered adults wanting THEIR WAY above all else. And the children suffer. I actually had a Lefty friends say ‘well, we know that gay relationships are much calmer than heterosexual relationships’. All I could say was ‘You’re kidding, right?’. I’m done with the arguing. They don’t care about anything but pushing the edge of the envelope further and further. Decriminalizing pedophilia is the next step.


5 posted on 08/27/2018 11:55:57 AM PDT by originalbuckeye ('In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act'- George Orwell.a!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Does this woman ever stop to think, that years ago , what she is able to do would not have been permitted in the first place? Any appreciation for the fact that life for homosexuals has really opened up, society is more tolerant, etc???? Any realization of that??

Also, she has to understand that, homosexual marriage presents these difficulties, because they can’t be biological parents together. In traditional marriage, we can make the legal assumption about man and woman being biological parents. In a homosexual situation, that legal presumption is impossible.


6 posted on 08/27/2018 11:57:09 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve often wondered how children who were born through a sperm bank felt. Does anyone do studies on this?


7 posted on 08/27/2018 11:57:13 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: SeekAndFind

My mother and father were married when I was born. For reasons I still do not know to this day, she abandoned both of us when I was about 10 months old. So even though I was not adopted nor the child in a same-sex relationship, I can fully attest to the lifelong hurt, lifelong yearning, and lifelong anger that comes with not knowing both one’s mother and father. Nothing and no one can answer the questions a child has about what amounts to a non-existent parent.


8 posted on 08/27/2018 11:57:33 AM PDT by Avalon Memories ( Proud Deplorable. Proud born-in-the-USA American Dreamer.)
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To: originalbuckeye

I’m sure gays have a bunch of bull that evil white heterosexual couples don’t want to adopt children. All liberals have lies they pull out at a moment’s notice.


9 posted on 08/27/2018 11:59:23 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: SeekAndFind

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

If a woman remarries, her new husband becomes the stepfather of her children from the previous marriage...

If the original husband/father is dead or disqualified by the courts to father his children, the “stepfather” can adopt the children and become the real new father...

but until then he is the stepfather and not legally the father...although the children might call him Dad...

same process...

so what’s the problem ???


10 posted on 08/27/2018 11:59:43 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: SeekAndFind

That “woman” is way too selfish to be a parent.


11 posted on 08/27/2018 12:00:59 PM PDT by MissEdie (I am South Carolina Strong.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If I might be permitted to summarize the article...

Mememememememememememememememememememememememememememememememememememememe.


12 posted on 08/27/2018 12:01:42 PM PDT by Quality_Not_Quantity (Capitalists sign their checks on the front. Socialists sign theirs on the back.)
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To: miss marmelstein

Agree. The story about the lesbians in Oregon should dispel all notions that ‘gay’ relationships are calmer than straight ones. Sedate the kids and then drive everybody off the cliff so you all die, is not what I would call good parenting.


13 posted on 08/27/2018 12:03:24 PM PDT by originalbuckeye ('In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act'- George Orwell.a!)
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To: Avalon Memories

You reminded me of something...

Using DNA adult illegitimate children are connecting to their birth fathers and half siblings...

What happens when this child finds his or hers years later ???


14 posted on 08/27/2018 12:04:34 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: SeekAndFind

Biology is in the middle of a kidnapping the last ten years, pun intended.


15 posted on 08/27/2018 12:08:02 PM PDT by Karliner (Jeremiah29:11,Romans8:28 Isa 17, Damascus has fallen)
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To: originalbuckeye

I guess they had netflixed Thelma and Louise one too many times.


16 posted on 08/27/2018 12:11:48 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: originalbuckeye

I remember doing a ride along with an officer in Laguna beach and he was showing me all the homosexual bars and hangouts. He told me there were more domestic abuse and homicides in the homosexual community than ay other. I was taking a ton of psychology and nursing classes back then and nary a word in the colleges. I suppose the gaystapo but a gay stop to those numbers.


17 posted on 08/27/2018 12:12:41 PM PDT by Karliner (Jeremiah29:11,Romans8:28 Isa 17, Damascus has fallen)
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To: SeekAndFind

At the heart of any homosexual relationship is mental aberration brought on by some “deadly” sin — pride, selfishness, etc. It’s become politically incorrect to even identify mental illness if someone to someone who is sexually deviant in “certain” ways, however.


18 posted on 08/27/2018 12:13:47 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder
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To: 17th Miss Regt

2 Timothy 3
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.


19 posted on 08/27/2018 12:17:22 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life, Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oy. I went through a hell of a lot more to get my child and I’m not complaining. If only I were a lesbian. I could lie here and whine like a beached dolphin like this b.


20 posted on 08/27/2018 12:19:37 PM PDT by Yaelle
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