Lesbian rock singer Melissa Etheridge’s partner recently had twins, a boy and a girl, the AP reports. The father is an anonymous sperm donor.
It’s easy to oppose homosexuals’ right to adopt children — optimal, traditional parenting often relies on the complementing styles of male and female, and many suspect homosexuals are more likely to molest — but I think it’s better to see the issue in light of what’s already allowed.
It is legal for a single parent to adopt a child or undergo artificial insemination, and I’d argue that two parents are better than one. I would guess that many homosexual couples go this route without the law even knowing. In the case of adoption, children are probably better off with homosexual couples than in orphanages.
Also, in the light of the Foley scandal, a lot of attention has been given to the issue of homosexual molestation. It is true that a disproportionate number of child molestations occur between members of the same sex, but the important thing to know is that, according to research, those who commit homosexual child molestation do not tend to have adult homosexual relationships. That is, what gender you’re attracted to and what age you’re attracted to seem distinct, so there is little worry that adult homosexuals are more likely to molest their adopted children.
As far as this case goes, female pedophiles are pretty much unheard of, anyway.
All of that said, though, I think in terms of law this is an issue best left for the states. Growing up with homosexual parents in an area where homosexuality is not tolerated would be a torturous experience. Fortunately, the Etheridge story is datelined Los Angeles.
P.S. For the record, Foley’s preference wasn’t pedophilia, as the boys were past puberty. It was technically ephebophilia.
Robert VerBruggen blogs at http://robertsrationale.blogspot.com.