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September 26, 2017

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Lesbian and Gay Adoption
Last Featured: 12/2/2002

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Overview

As many as 9 million children in the United States have at least one gay parent. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently voiced their support for gay adoption finding no evidence that children of gay parents suffer from ill-effects to their physical or mental health. ### The APA joined a chorus of civil rights organizations that argue too many children languish in foster care while suitable gay parents await. Opponents say the research is out there, the APA just didn’t look. They argue that modeling homosexual behavior to children can, itself, be detrimental. Children of gay parents may never see healthy relationships between men and women. Gay parents, they say, cannot marry and cannot offer the stability of a traditional family. Do families with gay parents provide a loving home or thrust children into a risky cultural experiment?


Guests
Karen Doering is a staff attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and a legal liaison to Equality Florida, a statewide advocacy organization committed to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, class and gender. Prior to joining NCLR, Doering founded and served as Legal Director for Equality Florida’s Legal Advocacy Project and worked in the plaintiffs civil rights law firm of Burr & Smith, LLP where she litigated civil rights issues. A graduate of Stetson University College of Law, Doering is a member of the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Pinellas County.

Rep. Randy J. Ball was elected in 1994 to represent the Florida State House District in Titusville, Florida. Rep. Ball is Chair of the House Criminal Justice Appropriations Committee and Co-Chair of the House Redistricting Committee. He has taken an active role in promoting measures designed to strengthen and preserve the traditional family, including Florida's bans on gay adoption and same sex marriages. Prior to his election to the legislature, Randy worked as a major crimes detective with the Brevard County Sheriff's Department. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of Arts in Religion.

Closing Quote
"The family endures because better than the commune, the kibbutz, or the classroom, it seems to individualize and socialize its children, to make us feel at the same time unique and yet joined to all humanity, accepted as is and yet challenged to grow, loved unconditionally and yet propelled by greater expectations. Only in the family can so many extremes by reconciled and synthesized. Only in the family do we have a lifetime in which to do it."

— Letty Cotton Pogrebin

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