Suffer The Little Children: Adoption In Crisis

Most adoption and foster care providers, like most parents, put the needs of children first. But LGBT activists are once again showing that they are more concerned with the desires of adults than the needs of children.

This is not a new problem. Even before the Supreme Court attempted to redefine marriage, homosexual activists had begun to target Christian foster and adoptive families -- and the organizations that serve them. They tried to run Bethany Christian Services out of Virginia, and successfully shut down Catholic Charities' foster and adoption work in Boston, Illinois, and Washington D.C., disrupting families and threatening ongoing adoptions.

Reducing the number of child-welfare organizations in a state hurts children. Several states have acted to protect children, and this week Oklahoma became the latest. Legislators there introduced the latest state Child Welfare Provider Protection Act; like other state bills, and like the bill moving in Congress, this bill simply protects the rights of religious families and organizations to work together with like-minded partners, to serve children.

But the response was as swift as it was predictable; a LGBT pressure group with national ties accused lawmakers of "discrimination," and the Washington Post breathlessly picked up the talking point. "Gay-rights advocates...say [the bill] will codify the ability of religious-based adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples seeking to adopt," screams the lead.

Did you catch that? It's about the desires of adults, not the needs of kids.

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