Here's part of a letter in Miss Manners' column this past Wednesday:
Dear Miss Manners:
My partner and I adopted a child three years ago. He has become a happy, silly, active, loving child.
When we were going through the adoption process, the topic of being a "conspicuous family" was discussed. As two men with a child, we fall into that category.
Several times over the last couple of years, we have been verbally attacked. Twice we have been in a grocery store when someone informed us that we were not a "real family." On one of these situations, we were even told that we were condemned to hell!
Another time, when I was having breakfast out with our son, I was discussing children with a woman who was there with two of her own. The conversation was casual and amiable. When I mentioned "my partner" in the conversation, she started shouting at me, "You're evil! You are doing that child a great injustice!"
The dad wants to know how to react to such people. What do you think? Official response after the jump.