The time has come -- indeed, it has come -- for the National Organization for Marriage to stop pretending that it is anything other than an anti-LGBT group dedicated to hurting, harassing and punishing lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans people. It is obvious that their message is not to defend “traditional marriage” -- as in Christian marriage -- but rather to hurt those who love those who are of the same sex as they are.
This is absolutely clear in their latest malicious sneer at LGBT adoption rights -- specifically in Virginia.
Dear Marriage Supporter,
Driving religious foster care and adoption agencies out of business appears to be the purpose of new regulations proposed by the Virginia Department of Social Services.
Proposed Virginia Administrative Code section 22 VAC 40-131-170 provides that:
"[Private adoption agencies] shall prohibit acts of discrimination based on . . . sexual orientation, disability or family status to:
1. Delay or deny a child’s placement; or 2. Deny an individual the opportunity to apply to become a foster or adoptive parent.”
Here’s the message the DSS officials proposing this regulation need to hear:
Don’t hurt needy children by driving religious foster care and adoption agencies out of business. If an agency provides good parents for children, they should be embraced, not rejected by the state of Virginia.
The message of exclusion you will send to children with strong religious identities, as well as to potential foster and adoptive parents is unconscionable and destructive.
The state of Virginia Social Services has no right to impose this strange new morality on other people, to the detriment of the neediest children in our state.
Of course, the reality is that these children are in need of loving, supportive families which the NOM wants to deny them at all costs. Yes, religious based foster care and adoption agencies have willingly closed their doors because they refused -- yes refused -- to give up the money that they got from the state to run their businesses.
This is what happened in Boston with the Catholic adoption agency, and this is something that Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher would rather not talk about ever. Rather than telling the truth and the reality of the situation, they want you- yes you- to make sure that children go without loving families because they hate LGBT Americans.
As for the “message of exclusion you will send to children with strong religious identities,” there are Jewish lesbians who raise their children with strong and tolerant religious identities. There are Catholic gays who raise their children with strong and tolerant religious identities. There are Pagan lesbians who raise their children with strong and tolerant religious identities.
Just because we’re lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender does not mean we’re not religious. Some of us are very religious. Of course, as far as Brown and Gallagher are concerned, anyone who does not follow goose step behind their faith’s banner is not truly religious, are they?
Gallagher also added her voice to this. Of course, her idea is that, somehow, the only ones who will get to adopt are lesbians and gays. She wrote:
Rep. Anthony Weiner may have joked about “mandatory gay marriage,” at the WH Correspondents dinner, but amazingly, Virginia’s Dept. of Social Services is proposing new regulations that would require all adoption and foster-care agencies to do gay adoptions.
Today is the last day to comment on these regs, if you are in Virginia or an expert on why driving competent foster care and adoption agencies out of business hurts children.
Huh. This is about Virginia’s proposed new "Minimum Standards for Licensed Private Child-Placing Agencies," which seem to be mostly about clarifying and in many cases simplifying existing regulations. But there is that secret "mandatory gay adoption" trap, buried deep within. Here’s the relevant text from the proposed new regulations:
B. The licensee shall prohibit acts of discrimination based on race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, political beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, or family status to:
1. Delay or deny a child’s placement; or
2. Deny an individual the opportunity to apply to become a foster or adoptive parent.
That all seems fair to me. But then, I am "anti-family," which means I am in favor of allowing more children to join more loving families.
The rest of what they say is worth a good look.
The reality is that NOM is not about protecting marriage, as they see it, but preventing lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans people from having equality, and they will do anything, including lie outright, to make sure that we never get equality.
The thing is, why lie about it? If you are going to be a hate-filled, fear-mongering, homophobic, transphobic organization, why not just come right out and say it. Come on- it’s easy- just say “We hate those dirty fags over there and we’d rather die than let them be equal to the rest of us”. After all, Maggie, Brian, I know you’re reading this, that’s what your actions say already.
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