Responding to President Obama’s Mother’s Day Remarks

The White House released a Presidential Proclamation today on
Mother’s Day. The President said, “Whether adoptive, biological, or
foster, mothers share an unbreakable bond with their children, and
Americans of all ages and backgrounds owe them an immeasurable
debt. Nurturing families come in many forms, and children may be
raised by two parents, a single mother, two mothers, a step-mom, a
grandmother, or a guardian.” Jennifer Chrisler, executive director
of Family Equality Council, responded to this statement.

“We welcome the President’s words today, but they represent the bow
on the gift of equality we don’t yet have. The one million LGBT
families raising two million kids are really looking for action.
One of our priorities is to open the door for qualified LGBT people
to parent the 120,000 kids up for adoption in the foster care
system. There are at least four times as many LGBT people wanting
to adopt as there are kids waiting to be adopted, according to the
Williams Institute. The question is: Do we give these kids parents,
or not? Thirty years of research and all major child welfare
organizations agree: gay parents are good parents.”