Kevin Hague and Nikki Kaye have put the word out about a private member’s bill they’re working on to allow same-sex couples to adopt.
Our glorious PM has of course decided to reduce this issue to a vague “look at how open-minded I am, gay people! But I don’t really support their rights, fundies!” commitment to support any such bill to a first reading. Woohoo.
Now, it should come as no surprise that
Patriarchal Enforced Heterosexual Family First is opposed, with the usual unproven whinging about “deliberately creating fatherless/motherless families” (because if your sperm/ovum wasn’t involved you by default cannot be loving, nurturing, protective, or beneficial in a child’s life).
Here’s the fun giveaway, though:
“The purpose of adoption is not to provide a child to adults, but rather to provide a family to a child,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
You see, here’s the odd thing, Bob. Where Nikki Kaye says things like
“… the approach I am taking would be that you focus on the welfare of the child and that’s not about somebody’s sexuality.”
… she seems equally as child-focused as you. But she’s not the one assuming that the whole issue is about treating children as accessories (and we all know how [insert stereotype about men with handbags here]).
In fact, that’s more your bag, isn’t it? How did that tune go?
“By passing the anti-smacking law, [politicians] have completely undermined the authority of good parents and given children a weapon to use against their parents.”
Sorry, I thought we were talking about the right of kids to have a family … but it’s almost like once they’re in a family you want them to shut up and not have any autonomy … nah, that would just be rank hypocrisy, assuming whatever position most allows men like Bob McCoskrie to maintain power over their spouses and kids. And that wouldn’t be very compassionate and caring at all, would it?