McCain can’t expect to get away with this kind of moralizing, hetero-normative, ‘traditionalism’ in 2008. He should know better. But he doesn’t.
Advocates for gay and lesbian parents are denouncing Sen. John McCain, an adoptive father himself, for opposing adoptions by gays, which prompted his presidential campaign to clarify Tuesday that he does not seek a federal ban on the practice.
Only one state, Florida, outlaws adoptions by gays, which have become commonplace in much of the nation.
The Republican nominee-in-waiting was asked for his views on the subject in an interview published Sunday in The New York Times.
“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,” McCain replied.
McCain then remarked that he and his wife, Cindy, were proud to be adoptive parents of a daughter born in Bangladesh, and he encouraged others to adopt. Asked if those adopting should be a “traditional couple,” McCain answered, “Yes.”
The responses were condemned by gay and lesbian groups.
“He’s completely out of touch,” said Kara Suffredini, public policy director for the Family Equality Council. “There’s no reason, except for the sake of red meat for his base, to throw up screens in the way of children in foster care getting homes.”
Jody Huckaby, executive director of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, said McCain’s comments were especially dismaying because more than 100,000 children are in foster care waiting to be adopted.
“Sen. McCain would deny loving homes to children who desperately need them simply because of an outdated prejudice about what a family may look like,” Huckaby said.