Virginia’s Governor May Kill Gay Adoption Proposal

Virginia’s Republican governor, Robert McDonnell has two weeks left to decide if he will let regulations go through that would allow gay adoptions in the state.

As it stands, married heterosexual couples and single people are able to adopt in Virginia. The new regulations (developed by former Democratic governor Mark Warner) would allow adoption by unmarried straight and gay couples that go through state-licensed private and church-run agencies.

Governor McDonnell, do yourself, Virginia, the GOP, and the nation a favor: let the regulations go through. A child deserves a loving home. Ask any child trapped within the foster care system…I’m sure they would not mind being adopted by a gay couple, as long as they were loved.

If you live in Virginia, call McDonnell and urge him to allow these regulations to go through. Virginia children and gay couples deserve each other. Everyone deserves a loving family.


Zach Wahls Delivers a Touching Speech on Being Raised by Lesbian Parents

This is a bit dated, but it is well worth viewing. This is University of Iowa student Zach Wals delivering a speech to the Iowa House of Representatives last Monday to explain that being raised by a lesbian couple had no effect on the content of his character. The House passed the bill 62-37.

Elton John Censored By Harps, Reversed After Internet Outrage

A Harps store in Arkansas placed this shield over the US Weekly cover of Elton John, his partner, and their newly adopted son.

This makes Harps look terrible! Thankfully, after Internet outrage spread, Harps has removed the shields.

Heaven forbid we subject out children to alternative viewpoints…

Florida court throws out case of lesbian banned from seeing dying partner

From PinkNews:langbehnpond

A lesbian who was banned by a hospital from visiting her dying partner has had her case thrown out of court.

Janice Langbehn sued Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for not allowing her to see Lisa Pond, 39, her partner of 17 years.

Pond suffered a fatal brain aneurysm on February 18th, 2007. Langbehn says a social worker would not let her see her partner, who died alone the next day.

The couple, who had three adopted children, were on holiday on a gay-friendly Caribbean cruise when Pond became ill.

Langbehn and her children were not allowed to be with Pond in her final hours and hospital officials allegedly told Langbehn she was in an anti-gay city and state.

After waiting eight hours, she was eventually allowed to see Pond for five minutes as a priest performed the last rites.

Langbehn and gay charity Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit against Jackson Memorial Hospital but this was thrown out of court this week.

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruled that the case should be dismissed because the hospital had no obligation to allow visitors to see patients.

It also ruled that there was no obligation to provide patients’ families, healthcare surrogates, or visitors with access to patients in their trauma unit.

The court has given the Langbehn-Pond family until October 16th to review the ruling and consider all legal options.

Beth Littrell, staff attorney in Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office in Atlanta, said: “The court’s decision paints a tragically stark picture of how vulnerable same-sex couples and their families really are during times of crisis.

“We hope that because of Janice’s courage to seek justice for her family in this case that more people better understand the costs of anti-gay discrimination. This should never happen to anyone.”

Study Concludes Gay Couples as Fit to Adopt

From Reuters:gay adoption

Gay or straight, the sexual orientation of adoptive parents does not have an impact on the emotional development of their children, according to a new study.

But researchers said that if parents were satisfied with the adoption process, had a stable income and functioned well as a family the risk of emotional problems in children were reduced.

“We found that sexual orientation of the adoptive parents was not a significant predictor of emotional problems,” Paige Averett, an assistant professor of social work at East Carolina University, said in a statement.
“We did find, however, that age and pre-adoptive sexual abuse were,” she added.

Averett, Blace Nalavany, also of East Carolina University, and Scott Ryan, dean of the University of Texas School of Social Work, questioned nearly 1,400 couples in the United States, including 155 gay and lesbian parents.
They used information from Florida’s public child welfare system and data from gay and lesbian couples throughout the U.S. for the study.

Each couple was questioned about themselves and their children, the family composition and dynamics, and the history of the child before the adoption.

The researchers said the findings, which are reported in the journal Adoption Quarterly, are important because it compared gay and lesbian and heterosexual couples.

“There are implications for social work educators, adoption professionals, and policy makers in this and other recent studies,” said Averett.

“We must pay attention to the data indicating that gay and lesbian parents are as fit as heterosexual parents to adopt,” Averett added, “because at least 130,000 children are depending on us to act as informed advocates on their behalf.”

The American Civil Liberties Union has said that laws and adoption agency policies have created obstacles for gay and lesbian couple who want to adopt children.

Post-1980s Children of Gay Parents Thrive in School, More Open Society

How amazing is this?

From ABC News:

In 1994, Daddy Dave and Daddy Bob prepared 5-year-old Elizabeth Wall for the first day of kindergarten in New Jersey, meeting with the principal in advance to ease her transition as the daughter of two gay men.

Elizabeth Wall, 20, and her two fathers, Bob Houck (left) and David Wall of Lawrenceville, N.J., who adopted her when she was only five days old. (Courtesy of the David Wall family)

Elizabeth Wall, 20, and her two fathers, Bob Houck (left) and David Wall of Lawrenceville, N.J., who adopted her when she was only five days old. (Courtesy of the David Wall family)

They never learned until years later how insensitively the school reacted to their unconventional family, according to Wall, now 20 and a sociology major at the College of Wooster in Ohio.

“They had never had gay parents before,” Wall told “It’s funny, after the principal met with them, he went to the faculty and said, ‘Who wants to take her?’”

Fortunately one teacher, who later became a close friend, volunteered and took the little girl under her wing in the Lawrenceville classroom, but for years Wall was careful about only telling close friends that she had two fathers.

“Obviously I was different and didn’t have a mom,” she said. “We are living in a world that treats our families differently. It can be isolating and challenging.”

Wall is one of a growing number of children, who affectionately call themselves “gaybies” or ” queer spawn”. Born after the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, they are now reshaping the American family.

Of the 270,000 children living with same-sex parents, about 65,000 are adopted. Most, like other Americans, are in two-child families.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

From the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 1

  • All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2

  • Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3

  • Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 7

  • All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 16

  • 1. Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
  • 2. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
  • 3. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

This declaration, which is signed by every member nation of the UN, declares the equality of ALL human beings and does not in any way define marriage to be solely between a man and a woman.

Also, take a look at the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.  Neither this nor the UDHR state anything about children having the right to live with male and female biological parents.

Think about it…and while you’re at it, check out this blog post: Gay marriage is a violation of human rights?