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Playing politics with adopted children's rights

Published 23/04/2011 | 09:45

In the film 'The Kids Are
All Right', a lesbian
couple's children
(conceived by artificial
insemination) meet
their birth father
In the film 'The Kids Are All Right', a lesbian couple's children (conceived by artificial insemination) meet their birth father

DAVID QUINN's concern for the welfare of adopted children and those conceived via sperm and egg donation is touching (Irish Independent, April 8, 2011).

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However, we must strenuously object to the issue of adopted people's rights being hijacked for the purpose of illustrating Mr Quinn's argument against gay marriage. Children who are in need of homes are not concerned with labels like marriage or civil partnership; rather, these children are looking for security and that security must not come at the price of losing your identity or access to family, culture and heritage.

In cases where children genuinely need to be separated from their natural families, a truly child-centred system would assess each child's needs on an individual basis so that the best possible home would be found for that child, regardless of whether the home was provided by a single person, a gay couple or a straight couple.

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