This is a blog site dedicated to issues concerning LGBTQ parents and our children, and LGBTQ children in our families, touching on issues of family, faith, and the culture in which we live.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Gay Couple Adopting a Child in Israel! Oh, if only this were the case in NC, U.S.A.!
In Israel, a couple has been allowed to adopt a child! This is exciting, especially living in the state of North Carolina, in which we don't have this possibility.
There is a case in Durham, NC, where a gay couple was granted the right to adopt a child as a couple, as ordered by a judge.
There are days that you have to say: "I thought we were further along in this country than we are. Why is it wrong for a couple to adopt a child, and be co-parents? Why is it that only an individual can adopt a child that a couple will share responsibility for in this state? Why?"
Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina, United States
I am a dad, who happens to be gay, with two amazing young adult children who have taught me, my partner, and their mom what grace, faith, hope, and love are all about. I am also an ordained clergyperson in the Presbyterian Church (USA), involved in congregational life, sometimes preaching here and there, and an oblate of St. Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, MN. I taught at Duke Divinity School at Duke University for over a decade, and I currently teach at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. I teach Ethics, World Religions, and English. And I am the Director of a religious non-profit, "School of the Pilgrim" (www.schoolofthepilgrim.com), in which I take people on actual pilgrimages to break out of the religion of rush hour in order to find their inner spiritual path. I am also glad to work with and be an advocate with people living with disabilities in faith communities, who teach me more about life in all its wonders and quirks. Enjoy the blog! And for more information about the book ON BEING A GAY PARENT, go to www.onbeingagayparent.com. Email contact: email@example.com, and phone is 919-444-9111