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Saturday, December 25, 2004

How Many Lawyers Does It Take to Stigmatize Adoption?

According to the folks who are campaigning in court to exclude gay people in California from being able to marry, the institution is simply about producing children. Furthermore, they argue, families in which children are raised by parents other than their biological parents are "less than ideal."

That's probably news to anyone who's adopted, past child-bearing age or who simply wants to unite with someone he or she loves without the prospect of having kids.

The anti-gay groups spearheading the effort have hired lawyers a-plenty -- and this is the best argument they can collectively come up with?

>From Equality California reports:

"The anti-gay groups reached a new low today when they condemned all children whose parents use adoption or reproductive technology to create stable, loving families, regardless of their sexual orientation, as Œless than ideal,¹² said attorney Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. ³Such remarks reveal how extreme these groups are and how out of touch they are with established family law in California. The majority of parents who use reproductive technology or who adopt children in California are heterosexual. To label these families as ³less than ideal² and claim that children raised by non-biological parents are somehow inferior in an effort to smear families headed by same-sex couples is outrageous and cruel.² 

The Attorney General's lawyer maintained that tradition provides sufficient reason to allow marriage discrimination to continue in California despite conceding that lesbian and gay couples are in relationships that are as stable, loving and committed as those of heterosexual couples. 

³If tradition alone was sufficient justification for allowing discriminatory laws to remain on the books, we would still have a ban on interracial marriage, prohibit divorce and consider wives to be the property of their husbands,² said Geoffrey Kors, Executive Director of Equality California, an organization plaintiff in the lawsuit.

Legal briefs and other information about the California marriage equality cases are available at www.nclrights.org.

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