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NOM Chairman Eastman Responds to False Huffington Post Report

 

NOM's Chairman John Eastman released this statement earlier today:

"An article by the Associated Press has been mischaracterized by The Huffington Post to grossly misrepresent my views on adoption. I believe that couples who adopt children are heroes and do a great service to society, and to the children they adopt. I strongly believe, based on thousands of years of experience and countless social science studies, that children do best when raised by a mother and a father within the bounds of marriage. I commend all those couples who selflessly give of themselves to raise a child who, through no fault of her own, has been deprived of a mother and father. There is nothing 'second best' about adoption."

12 Comments

  1. Good News
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Yes, one’s own children, and one’s own parents, is best!
    Which makes adoption "second best"!

    Though that's not the "best” way to put it, it remains understandable and true. A truth worthy of being accepted.
    I know we're walking on eggs. But we're about to walk all over our children, for the sake of a few eggs.

    (Eastman's above statement is a great reply.)

  2. Will Fisher
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Did Chairman Eastman not say, "Certainly adoption in families headed, like Chief Roberts' family is, by a heterosexual couple, is by far the second-best option."?

  3. Ed Murray
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Everyone had a Mother and Father.
    All children suffer when they lose one or the other parent. These facts are known and are not deniable.
    Even some gays agree!

  4. Chairm
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Will, please unpack your comment. Explain your intended meaning.

  5. Herb
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Children are not an issue with gay marriage. A gay couple will have children whether they are married or not. If you're serious about protecting children from gays make it illegal for a gay couple to have children, otherwise drop the arguement.

  6. Son of Adam
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    It is biology that prevents homosexuals from having children, Herb. Not the law. Take Biology 101.

  7. flanoggin
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    False report??? Hmmmm---they must have faked the video/audio......NOT!!!

  8. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    In the real world there's only one First Place trophy. That belongs to a married man and woman and the children they create.

    Second Place belongs to a married man and woman who adopt children. Indeed, Second Place is also admirable.

  9. Ash
    Posted March 15, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Adoption is second best. It means that, for some horrible reason, a child could not be raised by its natural parents. A man and woman who adopt a child are, in fact, heroes. But they are heroes because they intervened to ameliorate a bad situation.

    A soldier can be a hero worthy of admiration, but that doesn't mean that it isn't best to reduce circumstances that necessitate war.

  10. John B.
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Did Mr. Eastman say the words the AP quoted him as saying, or did he not? This blog post doesn't exactly clarify that.

    BTW a lot of gay couples I know are "heroes" as well, have stepped up to adopt children who were abandoned or abused by their (heterosexual) biological parents and would have otherwise languished in orphanages or foster homes. Those of you who criticize or oppose adoption by gay couples need to (1) adopt a few of those children yourselves and (2) get heterosexuals to stop having so many children they cannot (or will not, or should not) take care of.

  11. Ash
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    @John B.,

    "Those of you who criticize or oppose adoption by gay couples need to (1) adopt a few of those children yourselves and (2) get heterosexuals to stop having so many children they cannot (or will not, or should not) take care of."

    The primary societal interest in marriage is to accomplish task #2 by channeling biological drives into lifelong monogamy. With this, father-child relationships are socially and legally established, directing men to be responsible for the maintenance of their own offspring. In any case, those predisposed to coitus are "channeled" and (hopefully) prevented from creating children out of wedlock, even if their own marriage doesn't produce children.

    When this system weakens, public interventions, such as adoption, are required (though adoption is sometimes necessary. if both of a child's parents die when the kids are minors).

  12. Ash
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    *Correction: "...if both of a child's parents die when s/he is a minor."