At a recent campaign stop in Florida, Republican Rick Santorum answered a question by the mother of a gay son. In referring to Santorum's stance on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt children, she asked why gays shouldn't have the same rights as others. Advocate.com reports:
"Every American child has the right, and the government should support the right, to have and know their mother and father and be raised by their mother and father," he said, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Does every child have a right to be raised by a mother and father? He goes on to say that it would be better for a child to have a father in prison and not have same-sex parents. And then he says this:
"There are certain things that government does that gives people privileges in order to promote activity that are healthy for society and are best for society," he said, according to the Post. "And those things we promote would give people advantages or benefits, government benefits because we think that is healthy activity."
Santorum is a staunch Catholic, who is against same-sex marriage, which means he is also against same-sex couple's adoption. Catholics can and will point to many passages in the Bible pointing out that homosexuality goes against human nature and is therefore a sin. Without getting into a long discussion on religious doctrine, he is right in one aspect of his argument, which is this would not be healthy activity.
Whether a person believes in evolution or creationism, there is no doubt that a male and a female are required to have children and perpetuate the race. This is a natural law which is true for all animals, so in this case Santorum is right that it is unhealthy for society. Already the lines between what is "natural" and "unnatural" have been blurred. For too long people have been led to believe that sex is not for procreation, but rather for the sole pleasure of the participants, and this is wrong. Does this not teach these adopted children this same lesson, that natural law isn't important?