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10/22/2013

The bill is non-controversial; so here, let Focus on the Family needlessly inject some

by Jeremy Hooper

Here is the perfect example of "pro-family" obsession with us. After five grafs about a non-controversial adoption bill that just made its way through the California legislature, Focus on the Family hands a quote slot to in-house analyst Carrie Gordon Earll. Here is what Ms. Earll contributes to the conversation:

“Gov. Brown signed a good, non-controversial bill here,” said Carrie Gordon Earll, senior director of Public Policy for Focus on the Family. “However, that doesn’t negate his long history of promoting abortion and homosexuality at any cost, regardless of the harm done to women, children and marriage in his state.”
FULL PIECE: Law Will Help Protect Adoptive Families [Focus on the Family's Citizenlink]

The law that Gov. Brown just signed simply streamlines the adoption process. A Republican carried the bill, a Democratic-led legislature unanimously passed it, and a progressive governor signed it into law. Adoptive families in the Golden State have less hurdles to clear. Virtually no dissension to be found.

But what doe Focus on the Family's analyst do? She, for no reason whatsoever, chooses to inject homosexuality (and abortion) into the convo. She can't simply say, "I agree with Governor Brown on this one." Instead, she has to find some sort of angle to score some points against that darn pro-LGBT executive and his "radical" belief that all taxpayers should be treated fairly and equally.

The "pro-family" crowd loves to claim that we are the ones who are obsessed with talking about our lives, loves, and associated rights. In truth, it's special interest orgs like Focus on the Family that can't ever let us have a peaceful breath without finding some way to flog us. As an adoptive parent, I read this story with genuine interest, thinking it was perhaps a time when I could check out a Focus on the Family piece without feeling maligned. But no—there it was. Because there it always is.

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