Gay parents the victims of bigotry

I AM writing in response to your article headlined ‘Calls for ban on adoption for homosexuals’ (Irish Examiner, September 3).

I am infuriated by the Mother and Child Campaign. This sort of bigotry is completely idiotic and has no place in today’s world.

The spokeswoman for this blatantly homophobic campaign, Niamh Uí Bhriain, claimed that “homosexual parenting was not in the interest of the child.”

Who is she to say that two people of the same sex can’t love, care for or provide a child with a happy, stable home any better than a heterosexual couple.

She also says “most Irish parents would be horrified to learn that their children could be given for adoption by homosexuals.”

But it is my understanding that when a child is given up for adoption, the parents do so because they want a better life for the child, and who’s to say a same sex couple can’t provide this.

Even though I am only 17, I know that if I ever had to put a child up for adoption I would prefer the child to be adopted by a homosexual couple who loved it and gave it a good life than a heterosexual couple who might not provide a loving environment.

As long as they love the child it shouldn’t matter if they are gay, straight or otherwise because at the end of the day, love is love.

As long as the child’s best interests are served, that is what counts.

From the number of calls to organisations like Childline, sadly it is clear that many heterosexual couples fail to meet the needs of their children.

So why does Niamh Uí Bhriain claim that a heterosexual couple is best. How can she guarantee this? Surely it is case specific.

I appeal to the Government not to succumb to this sort of prejudice and change the adoption legislation. This Mother and Child Campaign threatens to return us to the Dark Ages. What next? Restoration of the ban on contraception?

Caitríona Horgan

Glenheights Park



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