Rosanna Cunningham of the SNP has for reasons that are beyond me has submitted a last minute amendment to the Adoption and Children (Scotland bill) to stop same sex couples jointly adopting children. At present same sex adoption is possible but only one partner can be legally recognised as a parent, which is bound to do wonders for the stability of the parent- child relationship in the event of a separation.
The Catholic church are right behind these amendments. Oh dear, I'm very fond of The Catholic religion but it appears to be a bit confused. As far as I am aware it is none of the church's business who is adopting non-Catholic children. If they were to issue a statement saying they take a dim view of the whole gay business and request that Catholics do not enter same sex relationships and adopt children, that would be their own affair. At the risk of sounding catty the last organisation on God's earth I would approach for advice about child welfare is the Catholic Church.
For what it's worth I don't think the bill goes far enough. Why do adoptive parents have to be in a sexual relationship? Why can't any two people, subject to the usual vetting procedures, not adopt?
I cannot see how any child is better off in care than being looked after by two, three or fifty three adults committed to that child's welfare and development. The statistics for educational attainment for children in 'care' are nothing short of shameful in a civilised society. Care is a tragic waste from every point of view, I doubt there are many leaving care who could even spell potential let alone reach theirs. Care is enormously expensive and spits out what is put in -damaged, fragile children without an ounce of hope. We need all the parents we can get. What is Christian about perpetuating the suffering of children to make life a bit more awkward for gays and lesbians? Does that not stike anyone as a bit petty and spiteful? They can't be talked out their sexual preferences anymore than the Pope can be convinced to join the Scissor Sisters in a sauna. If I were a Christian I'd just forgive the gays and let them get on with it.
Anyway the bill is to be debated on Thursday, you can get on to your MSP and remind them that we live in a secular country here.