McCain opposes gay adoption, kind of, sometimes

The New York Times quoted John McCain as saying he opposes gay adoption. His campaign then issued a statement saying he only opposes gays adopting when straight couples are available to take the kids. So basically, rather than put the kids to sleep, McCain wolud let them be adopted. I’m sorry, but the year is 2008. I’m not going to accept John McCain saying that gays are less fit to be parents, or that gay parents don’t have as much to offer as straight parents, and then have him say in the same breath that as a last resort gays are fit as parents. Either we are or we’re not, you can’t have it both ways. Not to mention, McCain’s argument that he’s for letting states decide is bull. In California, he’s supporting the initiative to repeal the right to marry for gay couples, so McCain is only for states deciding what’s best until the religious right pulls him by the short hairs.

Here’s what happened today:

“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,” McCain replied.

McCain then remarked that he and his wife, Cindy, were proud to be adoptive parents of a daughter born in Bangladesh, and he encouraged others to adopt. Asked if those adopting should be a “traditional couple,” McCain answered, “Yes.”

On Tuesday, as criticism of McCain’s comments spread, his campaign elaborated on the candidate’s views.

“John McCain could have been clearer in the interview in stating that his position on gay adoption is that it is a state issue. … He was not endorsing any federal legislation,” a campaign statement said.

“Sen. McCain’s expressed his personal preference for children to be raised by a mother and a father wherever possible,” the statement added. “However, as an adoptive father himself, McCain believes children deserve loving and caring home environments, and he recognizes that there are many abandoned children who have yet to find homes. John McCain believes that in those situations that caring parental figures are better for the child than the alternative.”

Well, my first choice wouldn’t be to put a child with a drug addict either.


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