Family Group Accused of Using False Picture of Lesbian Couple

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.

For the full story, click here.

47 thoughts on “Family Group Accused of Using False Picture of Lesbian Couple”

  1. Where in the constitution does it state that same sex parents cannot lleagaly adopt a child? Exaclty, no where. As Americans, it is our duty to know our rights. This whole situation exists due to those who are unwilling to agree with same sex relationships. Yet obviously this is just thier opinion; it has nothing to do with being against the law. There is such a thing as seperation between church and state, remember?

    It took well over 200 years for society to accept blacks, women, and the handicapped as equels and to treat them as human beings. Why is it so difficult for society to treat gays with the same respect? Help Vanessa Alenier and Melanie Leon

    *The people should not be afraid of their government, but a government afraid of its people.*

  2. “Like the anti-abortion movement their empathy is reserved for the fetus, not the baby”.

    I think its a cart before the horse thing. Unless you would consider the life of that baby to be a fate worse than death. In some cases that might be true.

    What do you think about this story?

    Woman waiting for procedure gives birth; baby placed in bag, thrown out.

  3. Mike S.–

    I agree with you!

    My daughter is a licensed social worker. She works with children for whom life is one heartbreak after another. Their lives are a series of traumatic events. If only our society was willing to use more of its resources for programs that could help these children when they are young, maybe many more would lead productive and happy lives when they became adults.

  4. Having actually worked with Foster Care for Child Welfare and for a Foster Care Agency after my retirement, I can categorically state that the need of children in the system is for family’s to adopt and love them. Forgetting the effectiveness of the system itself, which is another can of worms, children in FC generally feel abandoned and unwanted. Any faith based group that would delay an adoption process, evinces no caring for the child and an overweening self righteousness that really speaks of egotism. Like the anti-abortion movement their empathy is reserved for the fetus, not the baby and they demonstate their religious hypocrisy by this.

  5. Swarthmore mom:

    that is one bird I would like to see. I don’t think we have them here in Virginia. I first remember seeing them in the Peterson Guide to North American Birds and have wanted to see one ever since.

  6. No still like you, so far. Today, I might even give you a break of that kit kat bar.

    So did you catch up on the faith thread?

  7. Been watchin yall all mornin, remember if I don’t see you thru the week, I see you thru Windows.

  8. The cedar wax wings are here. Spring usually comes shortly after they arrive but it is colder than usual and will be all week. I don’t want to get bdaman going.

  9. rafflaw,

    I hate it too when the Federal Reserve Chairman gets those confused as well. lol

  10. Mink, mink, mink. 40 caret diamonds rings. mink, mink, mink. I wonder if hector will get the pool clean out today before noon. I just hate it when it has not been cleaned properly before I get into it. mink, mink, mink.

  11. rafflaw,

    We do to. It is generally called winter here in these neck of the woods. I have part of the garden already planted. I have had to mow twice. Actually once, the second time was just to get the winter cover off. I know you call it snow, we call it dead grass.

    I understand. However the daffodils are sprouting and 2 actually have buds. Yes, spring is soon approaching…..

  12. $0 degrees and 50 degrees??? Here in Northern Illinois and about 1 1/2 hour northwest of Chicago, we have a name for those kind of temperatures. We call it Spring!

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