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9/29/11  9:13 pm
Commenter: Cathryn Stephenson, Queer Action

Human Rights Precedent

I have seen many comments about how allowing certain minorities to adopt children would be unAmerican and a sin against God. Well if you have pride in America you should have pride in the fact that you can worship in whichever way you please, and of course the innovative and revolutionary principle that America is famous for: separation of church and state. Also, internationally there has been a precedent for non-discriminatory adoption since 1947 with the Human Rights Declaration of the UN. The drafting committee was headed by Eleanor Roosevelt, (who's more American than Eleanor Roosevelt?!) and in Article 16 it states:

  • (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
  • (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
  • (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Furthermore, it does not specify that the men and women who wish to start a family must be heterosexual, it just says that both genders have the right to form a family. It also doesn't specify in what way they form a family, thus including the right to adopt.


In order to maintain our status as a modern, globalized nation we must allow the minorities currently excluded from the adoption process to be included as this regulation is being reconsidered; not only because this defies the ideals of American politics, but also because we need set example for the global community and follow the Human Rights Declaration.


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