adoptionI just read a story about a 12 year old boy who was adopted by a gay couple. He referred to his dads as “perfect parents.” He could have wasted away in foster care until he was 18. Thankfully, the agencies that approve and recommend adoptions thought it better for him to be with loving parents permanently than stay in foster care. The gender of the parents was not important. What was important was that they wanted a child and were prepared to care for him.

That is as true today as it was when this boy was adopted. Those who oppose gay couples adopting children don’t really care about children. They care only about pushing their distorted beliefs onto others. I wonder how many of those who oppose gay adoptions are willing to adopt children out of the foster care system? Few, if any, I suspect.

Children deserve a loving family, an environment where they can thrive and grow. They need guidance, they need parents who can teach them right from wrong and how to care for others and be a loving, generous, kind-hearted person. They don’t necessarily need a mom and a dad. They don’t even really need two parents. One loving parent is better than never belonging to a family at all. And it certainly doesn’t matter if the two parents are men, women or one of each.

Adoption is a gift of love. Most of those who adopt are the exact kind of role models so many kids need. A family is the one gift foster kids want. They want to know where they belong. They don’t care if it’s two moms or two dads. They only care about love. Love is what matters, not gender.

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