Family Equality Council responds to Obama’s Mother’s Day message

Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of Family Equality Council, uses FEC’s Blog to respond to President Obama’s Mother’s Day Presidential Proclamation.

The President said, “Whether adoptive, biological, or foster, mothers share an unbreakable bond with their children, and Americans of all ages and backgrounds owe them an immeasurable debt. Nurturing families come in many forms, and children may be raised by two parents, a single mother, two mothers, a step-mom, a grandmother, or a guardian.”

Chrisler responds: “We welcome the President’s words today, but they represent the bow on the gift of equality we don’t yet have. The one million LGBT families raising two million kids are really looking for action. One of our priorities is to open the door for qualified LGBT people to parent the 120,000 kids up for adoption in the foster care system. There are at least four times as many LGBT people wanting to adopt as there are kids waiting to be adopted, according to the Williams Institute. The question is: Do we give these kids parents, or not? Thirty years of research and all major child welfare organizations agree: gay parents are good parents.”