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WAITING FOR BABY: McCain supports adoption, but not for gays

By Ann Tatko-Peterson
Wednesday, October 1st, 2008 at 6:05 am in Adoption.

McCain 2008(“Waiting for Baby” is a closer look at adoption and my family’s personal experience as we go through the process. It will appear every Wednesday in the aPARENTly Speaking blog.)

Politics can get kind of sticky, especially when trying to sort through a candidate’s platform. Early on, I decided to take a closer look at how Republican nominee John McCain and Democrat nominee Barack Obama stand on adoption. Without question, both have supported policies that encourage and strongly back parents trying to adopt, especially regarding children in the foster care system. But for McCain, it’s a personal issue, too. He adopted his first wife’s three children and then in 1993 with wife Cindy, adopted their youngest daughter from Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Bangladesh. Promoting adoption and supporting tax deductions for qualified adoption expenses rank high among his policy positions.

Yet, another thing stands out as well. While Obama supports equal rights for gays and heterosexual couples to adopt, McCain stops just short of endorsing gay adoption. His policy position clearly states that he believes marriage is a “union between one man and one woman. It is only this definition that sufficiently recognizes the vital and unique role played by mothers and fathers in the raising of children, and the role of the family in shaping, stabilizing, and strengthening communities and our nation.” Am I reading between the lines here? Read on and you decide.

In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulous, McCain once again worded his answer very carefully when addressing a question about his position on gay adoption, even in cases where the children couldn’t find another home. Essentially, it boiled down to believing that two parent families are best for America and that he believes in traditional families (i.e. one mother, one father). See the video clip below and decide for yourself if children who have no homes are better off with no parents or two parents from non-traditional families.

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