THE ju-ju men in frocks and pointy hats who represent the Catholic Church in the UK just won’t give it a rest over gay marriage – despite the fact that they are more out of touch with public opinion than at any time in the past.
Following a grotesque rant from Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who said, among other daft things that same sex unions were the “thin end of the wedge” and would lead to the “further degeneration of society into immorality – and likened gay marriage to “slavery” and a “violation of human rights” – the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, has prepared “a warning” to be delivered to his sheeple this Sunday.
As well as setting out Church teaching, “the warning” is addressed to a wider audience, arguing that marriage is a “natural institution” with a meaning understood far beyond the confines of the religion. It says that extending it to same-sex couples would reduce marriage to:
Just to the commitment of the two people involved. There would be no recognition of the complementarity of male and female or that marriage is intended for the procreation and education of children.
Unfortunately, all this blather has obscured a recent report which indicates that lesbians and gay men have been identified in a UK study as having:
The right mix of skills and experience to raise children who have been in care, and give them a great new start in life.
In recent surveys that were done at the behest of New Family Social there was a great amount of support and recognition for the strengths of LGBT couples, and this was highlighted when the country’s first ever National LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week was held to highlight powerful stories of adoption and foster families, as well as the localities and organisations that are in the forefront of helping all children find loving homes.
Seventy-two percent of social workers surveyed saw the “amount of energy and enthusiasm” LGBT adopters bring to the process as a significant strength, while 76 percent saw “openness to difference, and supporting a child with a sense of difference” as equally important.
For a long time, LGBT people tended to be seen as a “last resort” when placing children. Now adoption and fostering agencies see them as having a key role to play in meeting the urgent need for more new homes for children in care.
Hugh Thornbery, Strategic Director of Children’s Services at Action for Children, said:
Over the years, our LGBT foster carers and adopters have helped to transform many children’s lives. We welcome more applications from LGBT foster carers and adopters; the main thing is that you are able to give children and young people the care and support they need to be happy and fulfilled.
Andy Leary-May, Director of New Family Social added:
More and more LGBT people are choosing adoption and fostering as a way to form a family, and we want prospective parents to see just how rewarding it can be, and how much advice and support is on offer from our huge community of families around the UK. The fact that so many agencies want to recruit from the LGBT community show just how far things have come in the past 5 or 6 years. Social workers are becoming more aware of our strengths, and we are being treated more fairly, and are being matched with children more quickly.