One Million Moms, a project started by The American Family Association (AFA), a non-profit conservative Christian Fundamentalist group based in Mississippi, is protesting Jennifer Lopez’ new ABC television show, “The Fosters”, because its theme portrays a lesbian couple bringing up their adopted children. They issued a statement on their website and we would like to respond to some of the views expressed in their statements.
One Million Moms writes: ““Hollywood is continuing to push an agenda that homosexuality is acceptable when scripture states clearly it is a sin.”
In a Religion and Politics Tracking Survey conducted by Public Religion Research Institute, they found that a slim majority (51%) of Americans are now in favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, compared to 43% percent who are opposed. A majority of the nation is already in support of LGBT adoption. It is inaccurate to call this incremental shift in public opinion on LGBT adoption an “agenda.” Rather, it is representative of an entire movement in a critical area of civil rights in the United States.
One Million Milion writes: “While foster care and adoption is a wonderful thing… this program is attempting to redefine marriage and family by having two moms raise these children together.”
The implication is that children are better off in state run group homes than being adopted by loving and able foster families. This is a bizarre stance for a so-called family organization to take, as the available evidence shows children raised in LGBT homes do just as well as those raised with heterosexual parents. Studies have shown that children of lesbian parents have no more problems than other children, and actually may be more tolerant of differences, according to two large studies involving more than 100 couples at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston (“Kids of The Same Sex Do Just Fine”. CBS News. Little, Linda. 2005. http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500368_162-938234.html).
Andrew Rannells, the show’s star, told PrideSource, “The silly part is that no one has seen it, so what that boycott is based on is a two-line description of what they read this show was about and, just based on that alone, they’re upset. That’s disappointing because ultimately, what the show is about is how much love it takes to start a family — and not just our family.”
IAC has led the way and will continue to lead in support of Gay and Lesbian family adoption, as one of the few open adoption agencies that has no restrictions on racial/ethnic, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression for prospective adoptive parents.
And finally, One Million Mom writes that, “ ‘The Fosters’ is about two women raising a “21st century,” multi-ethnic mix of foster and biological kids.”
The inclusion of their multi-ethnic background is puzzling. It is joined alongside a list of other topics that they deem “not acceptable…for a family show”, and acts to exclude the topic of transracial adoption in the national dialogue of adoption and foster care. There has never been more support for multi-ethnic adoption and foster-care. Notable examples in the media include Brad and Angelina’s Ethiopia-born Zahara, Vietnam-born Pax, and Cambodia-born Maddox.
The IAC is proud to provide a path for families in transracial adoptions, while recognizing the challenges and offering support and educational resources for these families. In the Spring 2010 issue of IAC’s “Open Adoption Newsletter”, we put the spotlight on transracial adoption and include a collection of stories and advice from IAC counselors on raising a child of a different race and/or ethnicity.