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John & Cindy: The non-negotiable standard-bearers for ALL adoptions

by Jeremy Hooper

This from The NY Times:

Mr. McCain, who with his wife, Cindy, has an adopted daughter, said flatly that he opposed allowing gay couples to adopt. “I think that we’ve proven that both parents are important in the success of a family so, no, I don’t believe in gay adoption,” he said.

So following that logic: Under a McCain presidency, the only acceptable names for parents will be "John" and Cindy," the only acceptable home state will be Arizona, and both parents must be wealthy. Oh, and the adoption must only happen during one's second marriage in order to succeed.

John McCain: Willing to keep an open mind on fair adoption, just as long as the two options are "see it my way" or "else."

McCain’s Conservative Model? Roosevelt (Theodore, That Is) [NY Times]

**UPDATE, 7/15: We live in a culture wherein public figures (from all political walks of life) say something that they probably really meant to say, but then, when scrutinized, feel that they can issue a statement through a spokesman and make good on their misstep. So of course John McCain has now done exactly that:

John McCain Backtracks on Gay Adoption Remarks [Towle]

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You know, I read a really nice article on Cindy in a recent issue of Newsweek (or Time...can't remember which) and one of the things that was highlighted was the Cindy has, in essence, been a single mom. She has chosen NOT to live in DC and to enjoy a life relatively shielded from his more high profile political presence. So, while he can blather on and on about a "mother and father" being the best model (or some BS like that), just looking at his own family set-up illustrates that he's not living up to said model particularly well.

Posted by: Jonathan | Jul 14, 2008 2:10:05 PM

So, of course, that means no single people can adopt. and what about all the single parents, they need to give their children away to het couples right?

Posted by: LOrion | Jul 14, 2008 2:13:29 PM

Not a very positive comment. But at the risk of sounding like a pollyanna (or an apologist), I'm hoping that the wording of his language leaves open a possible future position change.

Using McCain's logic, if he were shown that same-sex two-parent families raise children as well as opposite-sex two-parent families, he might be open to change. Or, were he to be elected, it would at least be worth making the effort.

Also I was encouraged that his federalism on gay marriage was restated.

"Many social conservatives strenuously oppose California’s decision to allow same-sex marriage. But Mr. McCain, who also opposes same-sex marriage, has always said that the issue is up to the states, and in the interview he said he would stick to that position as president even if California chose to continue allowing gay marriage after putting the matter to a statewide vote in November. “I respect the right of the states to make those decisions,” he said."

Perhaps I'm looking for silver linings, but I'm glad that McCain is the candidate and not Huckabee or someone like that.

Posted by: Timothy | Jul 14, 2008 3:43:06 PM

If you want some AMMO... Pam found this:

UPDATE: The Family Equality Council's Kara Suffredini, Director of
Public Policy had this to say about McCain's statement:

These are the facts about American families. According to the 2000 census, the vast majority - more than 75%‹of American households differ in structure from two married, heterosexual parents and their biological children. We are a nation of blended and multi-generational families, adoptive and foster families, and families headed by single parents, divorced parents, unmarried parents, same-sex couples and more. As an adoptive parent himself, McCain should be well aware of this. As a presidential candidate, he should seek to honor and support the many kinds of families that exist, rather than dismiss the vast majority of households in this country as second-tier.
This is what is true about lesbians and gays raising children: 30 years of scientifically valid research universally demonstrates that LGBT families are just as nurturing for children's growth and development as heterosexual families.
Our society's primary child welfare organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychiatric Association and the National Association of Social Workers, have all issued statements supporting same-sex parents. The American Psychological Association has stated: "Gay and lesbian parents are as likely as heterosexual parents to provide healthy and supportive environments for their children."
All of which makes one wonder: What is the basis for Senator McCain¹s position?
American families may be diverse, but have at least one thing in common‹we want our children to be safe, healthy, happy and supported. When our families are politicized, our ability to protect ourselves, each other and our children comes under attack. After eight years of similarly baseless attacks on our families, we hope that the next President of the United States will honor and support the vast array of families that daily work to raise happy, healthy and productive children. The Family Equality Council has a proud history of educating political leaders about our families and we welcome Senator McCain and others whose perspectives affect the most personal aspects of our lives to contact us and get to know the loving families he paints as "unsuccessful".

I knew I had that number from somewhere... other than being confirmed by any teacher in any town in the US.

Posted by: LOrion | Jul 14, 2008 4:27:50 PM

Is McCain even eligible to become POTUS? He was born on a US Military Base in Panama, which there is some debate as to whether he satisfies the "natural-born citizen" clause of the constitution. Apparently the Supreme Court has a precedent which may not portend well for his ascension to the highest office.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jul 14, 2008 9:54:13 PM

On America's Top 40 yesterday, Ryan Seacrest interviewed Mrs. McCain (as well as the Jonas Brothers and Ashley Tisdale, while mentioning as many times as possible that they had also invited Mrs. Obama). She talked about keeping their kid (or kids?) away from Washington, D.C. and how she felt no enmity towards Mrs. Obama, as they merely were supporting their husbands.

However, the most interesting tidbit to me was that Mr. and Mrs. McCain didn't know each others' ages until just before they married... what kind of communication is that?

Posted by: LifeQueer | Jul 28, 2008 8:06:14 PM

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