In an April 16 issue of “Media Spotlights” that contains numerous errors of basic grammar as well as fact, Exodus International says:
1) The American College of Pediatricians (ACP) published a position statement titled, “Homosexual Parenting: Is It Time For Change?
From the ACP statement:
“…the environment in which children are reared is absolutely critical to their development. Given the current body of research, the American College of Pediatricians believes it is inappropriate, potentially hazardous to children, and dangerously irresponsible to change the age-old prohibition on homosexual parenting…”
Same sex couples raising children have been on the periphery of the current marriage debate. Marriage was on the periphery of the non-discrimination battles that lit fire to the grassroots in 2003 and prior. Defenders of the family have pointed out that one thing leads to another and can officially say, “I told you so.” Without having proven discrimination in any of the three areas of civil rights protections (immutability, widespread pattern of abuse and economic disenfranchisement) homosexual activists and their friends in the media have pressed on to attempt redefinition of marriage for all of us. While world focuses on the immediate battle over same sex marriage, the media (resembling mass marketing) is preparing the public to buy into homosexual parenting by introducing a few stories attached to marriage coverage that tug at our hearts without the balance of critical review.
Homosexual adoption, custody and foster care are current battles that have slipped in under the radar. Defenders of the family should take note of the courageous ACP stand and challenge every statute affording homosexual adoption and foster care.
Former homosexuals know the importance of maintaining, supporting and protecting true marriage: one man, one woman for one lifetime. Single men and women of God, as well as those who are living out godly marriages, know the importance of what God originally intended for marriage and for families. Many former homosexuals understand the desires of the past to raise children with our partners. We, and many others, wanted to raise children because it is innate for the human soul to want to reproduce. Yet, children do not exist simply to satisfy the heartfelt wishes of adults. Children must take root in a home that truly affords every opportunity to flourish.
Exodus routinely omits news items about discrimination and antigay violence from its media blog and its Spotlights articles; the omissions of fact are seen as a means to argue that discrimination and violence do not happen at all. This line of reasoning is borrowed from the old philosophical joke about the sound of a tree falling in a forest where no one is present to hear it. Here’s Exodus’ reasoning: If a gay man is fired or killed in another city, and there is no exgay present to see it, did it really happen?
Beyond its routine omission of discrimination news and its stereotypes about the media (plural), Exodus omits a key fact: The ACP is not a professional peer organization of pediatricians. It is a conservative religious organization founded specifically to oppose all forms of “homosexual parenting.”
What do nonpartisan experts say? This article published April 13 in the Hartford Courant summarizes the state of affairs, concluding that the children of gay parents are doing well, with only minor differences from the children of heterosexual parents.