McCain’s Adoption Quagmire

Republican nominee John McCain spoke out against same-sex families adopting children.

As many of you know, Senator McCain’s daughter is an adoptee from Bangladesh.  I first noticed a short article in the Metro just today with Senator McCain’s remarks about adoption being reserved for “Traditional” families such as his own.  Campaign staff clarified after the fact that McCain should have mentioned he believed the right of same-sex couples to adopt should not be in the national spotlight, and that it should be a state’s right to decide.

The Metro article was prompted by a recent interview in the NY Times where Senator McCain said “we’ve proven that both parents are important in the success of a family so, no I don’t believe in gay adoption.”

McCain was later asked if he was presented with the option of a same-sex couple as parents or for abandoned children to remain in orphanages that his “concern” would be for a child to be placed only with a “traditional couple.”  It is a remark that has sparked wide concern about his stance on adoption considering his own situation as an adoptive father.

Since then, various news sources such as the Boston Globe and many glbtq adoption advocates have criticized the senator for his callous and insensitive remarks.

I can’t say I’m surprised by Senator McCain’s remarks on adoption.  I am incredibly shamed that a senator and presidential nominee would be so callous with his remarks, ESPECIALLY as an adoptive parent.  I would love to see what his adopted daughter would have to say about this.  I’m going to search and see if she has a blog in the meantime.

Here is the transcript blurb where McCain refers to adoption.

Q: President Bush believes that gay couples should not be permitted to adopt children. Do you agree with that?

Mr. McCain: I think that we’ve proven that both parents are important in the success of a family so, no I don’t believe in gay adoption.

Q: Even if the alternative is the kid staying in an orphanage, or not having parents.

Mr. McCain: I encourage adoption and I encourage the opportunities for people to adopt children I encourage the process being less complicated so they can adopt as quickly as possible. And Cindy and I are proud of being adoptive parents.

Q: But your concern would be that the couple should a traditional couple

Mr. McCain: Yes.”

Globe Article Reference

Patrick Henry Press News

NY Times Transcript


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