Dana Rudolph

Georgia GOP Candidate Is Against Gay Adoption, Just Because

Filed By Dana Rudolph | July 16, 2010 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: adoption rights, doug richards, France, Georgia, Karen Handel, Nancy Polikoff, second-parent adoption

Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, now seeking the Republican nomination for Governor, Karen_Handel.jpgtold local NBC affiliate 11 Alive that not only does she disapprove of marriage equality or domestic partnerships, she would also consider outlawing adoption by gay men and lesbians. "Do I think that gay parents is in the best interest of the child? No," she said.

Reporter Doug Richards pressed for a reason. Handel's answers are telling.

Q: Do you know any gay couples with children?

A: Not that I'm aware of.

Q: So you think gay couples are less qualified to function as parents than straight couples?

A: I think that for a child to be in a household--in a family in a household with a situation where the parents are not married, as in one man and one woman, is not the best household for a child.

Q: Is it better or worse than a single parent household?

A: Doug, I'm really trying to be straightforward with you but I'm not going to debate all the nuances. I've made it abundantly clear that I think that marriage is between a man and a woman. And that's what I believe, and I don't know what more you would like me to add to that.

Q: I guess I want to know why you think gay parents aren't as legitimate as heterosexual parents.

A: Because I don't.

In a way, I'm heartened that the right seems to be falling back onto the "because I said so" argument. It is further proof there are no real arguments to be made for their position. (Several years ago too, when running for a county office, Handel wrote a "sponsorship" check to the gay group Log Cabin Republicans--indicating that her stance on LGBT issues, whatever it may be, is more about politics than the reality of LGBT lives.)

In related news, France's highest court of criminal and civil matters last week ruled that a second-parent adoption granted by DeKalb County, Georgia, should be recognized in France.

Fellow Projector Nancy Polikoff notes that this is not only good news in France, where courts have long been against adoption by gay men and lesbians, but also for Georgia, where it might be the first-ever second-parent adoption.

More proof that Handel is behind the times.

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"Rrrrrrrrrrreasonzz?!? We don't need no stinkin' reasons!!!"

Because gawd is on their side, of course, and reasons would only confuse their base.

A. J. Lopp | July 16, 2010 11:21 AM

For a politican, "Just because ..." can mean (1) I'm prejudiced, but I don't want to admit it, or (2) I know many of my constituents are prejudiced, and I want to get elected, or (3) even if privately I don't object to gay couple adoptions, I don't consider this my fight.

For an individual, "Just because ..." can, and usually does, mean (1) and specifically it means "I was taught this by my parents and peers and I am too lazy to re-examine it for myself."

The most important thing of all to remember is that "Just because ..." never means "Just because ..."

Q: I guess I want to know why you think gay parents aren't as legitimate as heterosexual parents.

A: Because I don't.

Intellectually lazy, uncompromisingly bigoted, and a genetic terrorist to boot.

I love how a situation like "Me and my partner have been together for years and we are raising a child. We're not allowed to get married, but we would like to keep raising the child, since we love her more than anything. Is that okay with you?" is "the nuances" of the situation.


I live here in GA and I have seen all of the bullshit from Day One. I cannot wait for next Tuesday's primaries to be over so we can have the standard, Republican against Democrat commercials. My partner and I have been muting the television a lot lately.

I saw the interview and Doug grilled Karen big time. He's part of the 11 Alive Bullfighters, in the Bull Pen, checking all of the Bull in this election and rating them on their Bull Meter. Seems that LGBT are the minority to bash in the Republican's commercials.

The Democrat front runner is the former Governor Roy Barnes. He's not a champion of gay rights, but he would be less likely to stand in their way.

Karen Handel is an idiot, and I hope she goes down in flames. Unfortunately, there are a lot of idiots running for governor down here in GA, and suddenly the Republican front-runners have made it about gay issues.

BTW, second-parent adoptions happen routinely here, so the one mentioned in the article is certainly not the first ever second parent adoption. The lunacy in Georgia is that it depends on where you live on whether you can get a second-parent adoption (outside the Metro Atlanta area is much harder). But, Dekalb County is a very friendly place to get a second parent adoption. But, I am glad it was held up in France.