Waymon Hudson

McCain comes out against gay adoption... Again.

Filed By Waymon Hudson | July 28, 2008 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living, Marriage Equality, Media, Politics
Tags: family values, gay adoption, John McCain, same-sex adoption

I guess we'll be hearing from his campaign to "clarify" his position again.

john-mccain.jpgIn a Sunday interview on This Week with George Stephanopolous, McCain- who first said he was against gay adoption, then had his campaign backtrack on it- is now back to his original, bigoted position.

Sounding the call for "traditional family values," McCain said that foster children should have "the values that two parents, the traditional family represents."

See the video and the transcript when Stephanopolus pushed back after the jump...

STEPHANOPOULOS: What is your position on gay adoption? You told the "New York Times" you were against it, even in cases where the children couldn't find another home. But then your staff backtracked a bit. What is your position?

MCCAIN: My position is, it's not the reason why I'm running for president of the United States. And I think that two parent families are best for America.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, what do you mean by that, it's not the reason you're running for president of the United States?

MCCAIN: Because I think -- well, I think that it's -- it is important for us to emphasize family values. But I think it's very important that we understand that we have other challenges, too. I'm running for president of the United States, because I want to help with family values. And I think that family values are important, when we have two parent -- families that are of parents that are the traditional family.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But there are several hundred thousand children in the country who don't have a home. And if a gay couple wants to adopt them, what's wrong with that?

MCCAIN: I am for the values that two parent families, the traditional family represents.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So, you're against gay adoption.

MCCAIN: I am for the values and principles that two parent families represent. And I also do point out that many of these decisions are made by the states, as we all know. And I will do everything I can to encourage adoption, to encourage all of the things that keeps families together, including educational opportunities, including a better economy, job creation. And I'm running for president, because I want to help families in America. And one of my positions is that I believe that family values and family traditions are preserved.

Watch McCain stick to his talking point in the video:


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McCain is once again parroting the same, hate-filled conservative line. As a foster parent in Florida, the only state with a full same-sex adoption ban, I have seen the devastating effects of views like McCain's on both gay couples and foster children. You can also read the great guest post from Alan O'Brien-Myers, a 17 year old who was adopted by two lesbian moms, to see the importance of this issue.

For those of your keeping score at home, McCain:

• Doesn't want same-sex couples to adopt
• Supports "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
• Supports the California Amendment that would reverse the Supreme Court decision
• Supports (and has made commercials for) the Arizona Marriage Amendment
• Supports the Florida Marriage Amendment, which would outlaw domestic partnerships as well as marriage equality
• Supports nominating ultra-conservative judges on every level (including the Supreme Court)

Not exactly the "free-thinking, radical maverick" that many try to make him out to be. I wonder how the Log Cabin Republicans are going to try spin this...


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Sounding the call for "traditional family values," McCain said that foster children should have "the values that two parents, the traditional family represents."

Since he says "two parents," I presume, then, that McCain is against allowing single adults to adopt, even if they are presumably straight?

Does "traditional family" mean "heterosexual marriage"? Thus, does a straight couple need to be legally married for McCain to approve of them adopting?

What if the straight, married couple happen to be atheists?

But he is right about one point ... these usually tend to be state-level issues, not federal or Presidential ones. OTOH, many foster care and/or adoption channels involve federal funds, don't they? Wouldn't these considerations influence whether he would sign a bill making federal monies available?

He never actually says that he opposes gay adoption though. Anyone else notice that? He hems and haws around the thing with stuff like, "I am for the values that two parent families, the traditional family represents." At another point he dropped the "traditional family" altogether and it was just "I am for the values and principles that two parent families represent."

Well, hell, I'm for the values that two parent families represent too. I'm even for the values that traditional families represent - honesty, love, respect and self sacrifice.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | July 28, 2008 10:45 PM

The man is stuck trying to dance on a razor blade to fail to offend the most bigoted fundies too much (as he was far from their choice) while trying to appeal to as many "middle of the roads" as possible. He is a classic example of how presidential elections are won in the middle, but his message across the spectrum is so far away from the many realities we have facing us.

Anyone who suggests that there is no difference in choice of candidate this time needs a reality check.

Cathy Renna Cathy Renna | July 29, 2008 7:29 AM

this is a terrific example of the lack of spine that many politicians have on this issue - among others - imagine if there was a magic wand a reporter could wave to get what they REALLY thought - I often think we would be fascinated by the results. In most cases, I am thinking it would be "I could care less, as long as the kids are safe and loved" - if only our politicians could have a tiny bit of the courage of their convictions

and we wonder why no one trusts these folks?

Weird. He's so bad and so obvious about sticking to the non-message message. At least Bill Clinton was a skillful triangulator... this is just painful to watch.