Duane R. Bidwell, an adoptive father and Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, teaches practical theology, spiritual care and counseling at Claremont School of Theology. He is author of Empowering Couples: A Narrative Approach to Spiritual Care (Fortress, 2013).
National Organization for Marriage board chair John C. Eastman recently called adoption a “second-best option” for children. He was speaking to the Associated Press about Chief Justice John Robert’s position on the rights of same-sex couples: “Certainly adoption in families headed, like Chief Roberts’ family is, by a heterosexual couple, is by far the second-best option.”
The comment reveals less about adoptive families than about Eastman’s willingness to jettison religious tradition for political gain.
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