Friday, November 28, 2008
In defense of Florida's pro-traditional family adoption law
A Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge has struck down Florida's law banning gay adoption. The state law passed in 1977 by a Democratic-controlled Legislature and signed by one of Florida's most progressive Governors Reubin Askew was enacted to preserve traditional family values within the Sunshine State.
On November 4, Florida voters again showed their support across party lines by voting overwhelmingly to ban place a ban on same sex marriage in the Florida Constitution. In the debate over gay adoption, few consider the best interest of the child. At the very least, traditional families must receive priority in adoption and foster care placement. A 2005 report from Spain makes an excellent case against adoption by same sex couples.
Madrid (Fides Service) - HazteOir Spain in collaboration with the Spanish Forum for the Family and the Institute for Family Policy has just published a “Report on infantile development in same sex couples " on the consequences for children adopted by same sex couples. The report, compiled by first class psychologists and experts, includes a vast bibliography of articles and documents on criteria for judging suitability for adoption of same sex couples. Only days before the Spanish senate will be called to vote on the proposed amendment to the Civil Code to allow same sex couple to ‘marry’ the report was sent to all the senators to provide them with a full picture of scientific opinion on this important matter.
The report demonstrates that none of the studies on the development of children brought up by same sex couples has the minimum scientific rigor necessary to reach conclusions with an acceptable grade of validity. It is curious, the report underlines, that the members of associations in favour of same sex adoptive parents, like the American Psychological Association and the American Association of Paediatrics, are homosexuals, lesbians, authors and editors of homosexual publications. The woman author of one of the most frequently mentioned papers reportedly said on several occasions that the presence of the father is completely superfluous for the correct development of the child, she also said she did not believe in the family as an institution and the openly defended the possibility of enlarging the same sex couple to include more than two members. These opinions are totally different from many other important studies. For example the Spanish Association of Paediatrics said that a “family nucleus with two fathers or two mothers is clearly dangerous for the child”.
From the few serious studies on the matter it emerges that the development of children educated by a couple of the same sex is very different from that of children in a natural type of family with a father and a mother, and can be very dangerous under various aspects. These children are also more prone to physical and mental problems than those in a normal family. Psychological disturbances range for lack of self-esteem, stress, confusion with regard to sexual identity, behaviour, greater tendency to drug dependence, school failure, bad behaviour at school; greater tendency to homosexuality; weaker health and more risk of mental disorder, suicide, and possibility of contracting AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Another important fact is that same sex couples were seen to be less stable. For example in Sweden the number of separations of same sex couples is 37% higher than that of heterosexual couples. In Holland same sex union last for an average 18 months. Instability does not guarantee the good of the minor.
On the basis of these facts Ignacio Arsuaga HazteOir President said: “In no way can a couple of persons of the same sex be judged suitable for adopting a child. Considering the findings of this vast bibliography we are obliged to protect the minor and say that same sex couples must not be allowed to adopt children". (RG) (Agenzia Fides 25/5/2005, righe 40, parole 563)