In the below Minnesota Marriage Minute, gay marriage equality opponents focus on the “small” percentage same-sex households raising children and how marriage shouldn’t be “redefined” for such a small percentage:
First off, equality should never depend on a quota. To put this in perspective, in 2010 we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act which was enacted to provide greater accessibility in public accomidations for persons with disabilities and prevent discrimination against persons with disabilities. I am sure you are all familiar with the handicap accessible placard with the wheelchair symbol. The most recent data that I was able to find on wheelchair use in the United States stated that 1.3% of the population uses wheelchairs or scooters (souce). To use Kalley Yanta’s logic; why should the architecture, that has served us so well, be redesigned for the 98.7% in order to accomidate the 1.3%. Ridiculous in that instance right? Justice doesn’t require a quota, it only requires a need and believe you me, LGBT parents have it.
Secondly, Ms. Yanta seems to omit the fact that adoption for gay couples is sometimes hindered outright or are they are unable to adopt because they aren’t allowed to marry:
Same-sex couples are explicitly prohibited from adopting in only two states — Utah and Mississippi — but they face significant legal hurdles in about half of all other states, particularly because they cannot legally marry in those states. — New York Times, ‘Adoptions by Gay Couples Rise, Despite Barriers’, June 13, 2011.
Lastly, and this is more of a side note to the statistics, the Williams Institute that Ms. Yanta references, also happens to have on their site an interesting article by a Stephanie Pappas. It’s entited ‘Why Gay Parents May Be the Best Parents.’ In the article Ms. Pappas list reasons such as gays and lesbians being more willing to adopt older children, children with special needs and children of different races or ethnicities as well as gay parents raising children who grow up to be well-adjusted, more tolerant and open. I guess the Minnesota for Marriage folks somehow missed that when pulling their statistics.