Delaney piece a bigoted rant
Sir -- What Mr Delaney has written (Sunday Independent, Oct 30, 2011) is nothing more than a bigoted rant, promoting homophobia and counteracting the work of many groups who fight for the basic rights of LGBT people in Ireland.
Mr Delaney stated that the LGBT community has a 'growing appetite for more and more rights and privileges'. He then asks the question 'why is civil partnership not enough'? I'll tell you why. If someone is raised by an LGBT couple, and the biological parent dies, the non-biological parent is a stranger in the eyes of the law. The child is robbed of not one, but two parents. This is a real issue. Having the ability to be a parent to your child is not a 'privilege', as Mr Delaney would have us believe, nor is the ability to marry the person you love. These are basic human rights. And it is our right to fight for them.
Mr Delaney seems to believe that giving LGBT people adoption rights would be harmful to children. Does Mr Delaney really consider himself qualified to make such a statement? Perrin (2002) says: 'A growing body of scientific literature demonstrates that children who grow up with one or two gay and/or lesbian parents fare as well in emotional, cognitive, social, and sexual functioning as do children whose parents are heterosexual. Children's optimal development seems to be influenced more by the nature of the relationships and interactions within the family unit than by the particular structural form it takes.' I think that speaks for itself.