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Gay families aren't going away

Same-sex parenting is way out of the closet, and there isn’t any way for the right wing to stuff it back in. It’s a losing battle, bible beaters. (CNN):

For 5-year-old Jackson Manford-Roach, Mother’s Day means it’s time to see his grandmothers.

“I don’t need little lace gloves, which is what [Jackson and his classmates] made this year,” Jeffrey Roach, one of Jackson’s two fathers, said. “The other kids always ask who he’s making the stuff for and he always makes his for his grandma.”

Jackson is one of 65,000 adopted children being raised by same-sex parents in the United States, according to a March 2007 report compiled by the Urban Institute and the Williams Institute at University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.

The same report estimates more than 14,100 foster children were living with one or more gay or lesbian foster parent.

* There are eleven states (and D.C.) that do not ban gay and lesbians from adopting — California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

* Mississippi allows single gays and lesbians to adopt, but same-sex couples cannot.

* Utah bars all unmarried couples, same-sex or opposite-sex, from adopting or serving as foster parents.

* Florida is particularly morally challenged since it has an outright ban on adoption for gay couples — but the state allows them to be foster parents to keep the straining social services boat afloat. 

The CNN report also notes that in the remaining 36 states, gays and lesbians who want to adopt or take in foster care children are at the mercy of judges and adoption and foster agencies. One tale puts that in perspective.

For the Manford-Roach family, difficulties arose when they first tried to hyphenate Jackson’s last name.

The judge overseeing the legal procedure in Dallas, Texas, crumpled up the paper and threw it over her shoulder when she realized they were a same-sex couple, Manford said.

Get out of my courtroom, I would never do this for you,” the judge said, according to Manford. “Children need a mom and a dad.”

The article also pulls a tired quote from Daddy D to get the winger point of view on the record.

“Love alone is not enough to guarantee healthy growth and development,” James Dobson — the head of Focus on the Family, a socially conservative organization — wrote in a commentary for Time magazine in December 2006.

“The two most loving women in the world cannot provide a daddy for a little boy, any more than the two most loving men can be complete role models for a little girl.”

Never mind all those single parents out there he just slammed.

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