There’s another state — Arkansas — that has recently voted to bar those “cohabitating outside a valid marriage” from adopting or fostering. The measure affects gay and straight alike, but its authors, the Arkansas Family Council admit that it is designed to counter the “gay agenda.”
I suspect that most readers of BCC believe that children should, if possible, be brought up in a home with a mother and a father. Let’s not argue that point. Rather, let’s imagine the following situation:
A little girl’s parents die. Her only remaining kin is her gay uncle who cohabits with his gay partner. By all accounts, they have a stable, loving relationship. Should the girl be placed with her uncle, or left in the care of the state fostering system until a suitable married couple are ready to adopt her?
I realise that this may be an overly sentimental hypothetical and that many of those who oppose gay adoption are simply trying to protect the mother/father ideal. But we are surely dealing with real children here, not policy meta-preferences. If one is to support a policy, one must defend its applications in individual circumstances.