The leader of the National Organization for Marriage, a group that lobbies against equality for LGBTQ people, was recently quoted by AP as saying adoption is “the second-best option”. He was referencing the family of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, the father of two adopted children.The quote was meant to prioritize heterosexual families over LGBT families, and managed to also offend many people touched by adoption. Adam Pertman, of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, did a great job of dissecting just how offensive the statement was:
I hadn’t known it until just this week, but Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, President Ronald Reagan, singer Marie Osmond, actor Hugh Jackman, journalist Judy Woodruff, basketball great Magic Johnson and I all have something in common: Our families are inferior.
At least that is what John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, suggested during an interview with the Associated Press about two cases currently before the Supreme Court regarding marriage rights for non-heterosexuals. Asserting that lesbians and gay men should not be permitted to wed because the primary reason for marriage is procreation, Eastman added, “Certainly adoption in families headed, like Chief Roberts’ family is, by a heterosexual couple, is by far the second-best option.”