Ideologically-motivated initiatives, such as the push for same-sex adoption, often negate the purpose of adoption: serving the best interest of children.
Proper child development requires that children have daily access to the different and complementary ways mothers and fathers parent. Same-sex caregivers cannot provide both the unique father-love and mother-love children need:
Mothers and fathers parent differently, and their distinct styles of interaction teach children how to deal with contrasting relational styles.
Mothers and fathers play differently. A father's tendency to roughhouse and a mother's tendency to nurture provide a unique balance of both confidence and security to their children.
Mothers and fathers communicate differently. Children need exposure to both a mother's personal, encouraging and sympathetic style of communication and a father's brief, directive and stern style of communication.
Fathers push limits while mothers encourage security. These contrasts help children remain safe while expanding their experiences and independence.
Fathers model male behavior and mothers model female behavior for their children in unique ways that cannot be replicated by the opposite sex.
Fathers and mothers teach their children respect for the opposite sex and model how to confidently and lovingly interact with the opposite sex.
Research on various family structures calls into question the health of same-sex families for children.
Children do best in every important measure when raised by two married, biological parents.
No long-term studies with sound methodologies have examined the well-being of children in same-sex homes.
Children raised in mother-only homes often suffer harmful consequences, including increased likelihood of suspension, emotional problems, delinquency, abuse and drug use.
Divorce is a brutally painful experience that causes social, emotional and psychological problems for a child.
Children growing up in stepfamilies often face a greater risk of negative physical, emotional and behavioral consequences including various forms of abuse.
A loving society comes to the aid of motherless or fatherless families but does not intentionally create them.
While children in the foster care system are waiting to be adopted, the solution remains to encourage married couples to follow through on adopting these children.
There are more than 425 married couples in the United States for each child waiting to be adopted out of foster care.
Married couples should be encouraged to consider adopting older and special needs children who are often trapped in the foster care system.
Freedom of Conscience laws need to be enacted.
Adoption agencies should not be forced to decide between closing their doors and violating deeply-held beliefs by facilitating placements with homosexual couples.