Scott Maxwell at the Orlando Sentinel has an extraordinary story about the lengths that social conservatives and anti-gay advocates will go to block the adoption of children by gay couples. Vanessa Alenier and her partner, Melanie Leon, are affluent and loving parents who were awarded custody of a child who was in their foster care in Florida. One problem for the Florida Family Policy Council, it appears, is that they are also attractive, so (on the left) is the picture the council posted with their calls for opposition to the adoption while (on the right) is the actual couple.
For the judge, the adoption should have been an easy decision. The investigators found that the one-year-old boy left in their care “happy and thriving.” The judge made the mistake it appears of focusing on the child’s well-being as opposed to the identity of the parents. The Family Council denounced the decision as a case of “[a]rrogant judicial activism” and has been campaigning against the couple.
These “family advocates” oppose giving a foster child a loving home and caring parents. It is better it seems to throw him back into the foster care system to be bounced from home to home. This case is proof that these are not family values (since they are opposing the creation of a loving family) but political values.
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