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9/17/11  1:57 pm
Commenter: Victoria Shampine, Virginia Resident

I support Anti-Discrimination Policies

"All of the major professional organizations with expertise in child welfare have issued reports and resolutions in support of gay and lesbian parental rights" (Professor Judith Stacey, New York University). These organizations include the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the Child Welfare League of America, the North American Council on Adoptable Children, and Canadian Psychological Association.

As for the matters of  race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, political beliefs, disability and family status, why should any of these things matter? Religion is not genetic; any child young enough to be put up for adoption has no religious beliefs of their own to begin with, and staying a longer time in fostercare is not going to cause them to germinate a certain belief any more than being adopted by a person who does not share the beliefs the child's biological parents have. Discriminating based on religious preference does nothing to help a child; it will only cause them to be without a stable, loving home for a longer amount of time. Political beliefs? If a biological parent is releasing custody of their child on to someone else, they no longer have any say in what political ideology ought to be imposed on them. The same goes, I'd argue, for any aspect of culture. Race? In what way could the complexion of a human being harm their ability to be a capable parent? Even when tied into ethnicity and national origin-- if someone is here legally, and they want to give a child without a home a loving, stable, environment, than it does not matter where they came from. In fact, as long as a person is deemed able to provide a stable, loving home for a child, nothing else should matter.

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