I believe in family, those we are born with and those we create. I believe that the highest purpose of the family unit is to provide love and support, especially in the rearing of children. No child is harmed by having too many loving and supportive adults in their life. I believe that, while it is better to have just one parent than two if one is abusive or neglectful, children really need the guidance of multiple adults. The world is too hectic these days for one adult to provide adequate love and attention. And I believe that regularly seeing a loving, healthy relationship in any context (romantic, platonic, same or different sex) is of vital importance to the child's ability to form future relationships.
I think it is of some conspicuous note that the following two articles were wedged next to each other in today's paper.
Ohio couple charged with forcing children into plastic storage boxes as punishment
In the District, a same-sex couple’s adoption success story
There are so many children whose biological homes are filled with chaos and hatred, we as a community cannot afford to deny them homes with loving parents of any stripe or configuration. To do so is a grave disservice to these children, to these couples, and to our community at large. There is no greater security in the bond of a relationship than the legal institute of marriage. There is no greater spiritual commitment than vows taken before friends and loved ones. It is not just a commitment between two people, but a commitment to a unit, a bond and tie of loved ones. Everyone deserves the right to form a family.