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Send this to the adoption bigots

This is why the efforts to prevent LGBT citizens from adopting have to stop now. The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a nonpartisan adoption advocacy organization, released a report yesterday that shows discrimination hurts the tens of thousands of children who need loving homes — and gay families can provide them.

Some folks who need to receive a copy of the report, just off the top of my head: that witch from yesterday’s post, Tennessee State Rep. Debra Young Maggart (“homosexual couples have numerous emotional dysfunctions and psychological issues”), as well as Ratzi’s goons forcing Catholic Charities to discriminate or pull out of the adoption arena rather than let gays adopt.

The principal findings of the report, which is entitled “Expanding Resources for Children,” are:

* Against a backdrop of increasing public acceptance, social science research concludes that children reared by gay and lesbian parents fare comparably to those of children raised by heterosexuals on a range of measures of social and psychological adjustment.
* Studies are growing in number and rigor, but the body of research on gay/lesbian parenting is relatively small and has methodological limitations. Still, virtually every valid study reaches the same conclusion: The children of gays and lesbians adjust positively and their families function well. The limited research on gay/lesbian adoption points in the same direction.
* Though few states have laws or policies explicitly barring homosexuals from adopting, some individual agencies and workers outside those states discriminate against gay and lesbian applicants based on their own biases or on mistaken beliefs that such prohibitions exist.
* Laws and policies that preclude adoption by gay or lesbian parents disadvantage the tens of thousands of children mired in the foster care system who need permanent, loving homes.

“The bottom line for those of us who advocate for children is clear,” said Adam Pertman, the Executive Director of the Adoption Institute. “There’s simply no credible research to indicate that children are harmed in any way when they’re adopted by gay and lesbian parents, but there’s lots of evidence to indicate that they do well in those homes. So, if we as a society believe that kids should be our primary concern, we have to put aside our prejudices and preconceived notions, and do the best we can for them.”

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