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10/21/2011

Family, valued: Gays and lesbians adopting in record numbers

by Jeremy Hooper

While the conservatives spent the '00s stifling our rights through mean-spirited, divisive legislation, gays and lesbians spent the decade becoming more pro-family than ever before:

The number of gays and lesbians adopting children has nearly tripled in the last decade despite discriminatory rules in many states, according to an analysis of recent population trends.

"It's a stratospheric increase. It's like going from zero to 60," said Miami attorney Elizabeth Schwartz, who has coordinated more than 100 adoptions for gay and lesbian families in the last year.

KEEP READING: Number of gay couples who adopt tripled over last decade [AP via LA Times]

All the more reason why federal discrimination like DOMA is so reprehensible. The American family portrait is growing and expanding, while the entrenched limitations either remain stagnant or head in the opposite direction. If we want to protect the children, we must take back what that phrase really means. The talking point, fear-mongered version only weakens us.

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