A damn good mom
I'm absolutely outraged by this story `"Florida's case against gay adoption," Dec. 18`. I'm a 20-year-old lesbian wanting to adopt and start a family of my own one day, and these ignorant people destroy our happiness and the beautiful life my partner and I could give to needy children looking for unconditional love! You said it perfectly in your article: "Gay parents are self-selecting — they choose to be parents." Damn right I'm going to be a mother, and a very good one at that!
Thank you for writing this story. We need to get the word out. I know plenty of openly gay families with the happiest children who wouldn't trade their mommies or daddies for anything!
Brittani Fischetti, via the Internet
Where's the backlash?
As an adoption worker who transferred from Massachusetts, where gay adoption is legal and encouraged, I was shocked to move to Florida and see that gay adoption twas not a topic being widely discussed `"Florida's case against gay adoption," Dec. 18`. I applaud the judge for taking a stand against this harmful law and Orlando Weekly for making this a cover story.
If the public could meet the children that are waiting to be adopted, to actually hear a child say that all she wants is a family (but she can't get one because she is 17, "old" in the system's eyes) there might be more of a backlash against this law. If they could meet the family in Massachusetts — two gay women and a little girl — and see how nurturing, stable and committed these parents are, they might rethink their stereotypes.
This is ranting, but the question that always comes to mind is, "Why does Florida think that it is OK for gays to provide foster care and not adopt?" Foster care licensing is far more thorough than getting an adoption home study, and it can be more challenging. It requires the same skill set, parenting knowledge and love that we ask of our adoptive parents.
Tied with Arkansas?
I am ashamed to be from the state of Florida, and I am outraged that the state would use my hard-earned tax dollars to advance a logically indefensible position of hate and ignorance `"Florida's case against gay adoption," Dec. 18`. Going by things we have seen in Central Florida (Casey Anthony), the heterosexuals don't as a whole seem to be doing an exemplary job at parenting. How do the rest of you feel about representing the most socially backward state in the Union, tied only with Arkansas in its ignorance and bigotry?
Birth them yourself
If homosexuals want to have children, then they should have children and not adopt them `"Florida's case against gay adoption," Dec. 18`. I suspect a lot of homosexuals marry people of the opposite sex just to procreate, all the while not loving their wife or husband and having anonymous homosexual intercourse.
Homosexuals need to stay in the closet. The irony about the homosexual agenda is that its true pushers aren't even homosexuals. The people to whom I refer are the most racially minded individuals known to humanity. They are the Jews.
Kudos to Liz Langley for "The cleaner" `Dec. 11`, in which she very adeptly weaves both pathos and humor into some fairly gruesome subject matter. Her respect for Biohazard Response owners Carmen Velazquez and Michael Nestved — and the service they provide -— is evident throughout the article.
Valerie Anthony, Maitland
Astrology was weird. And the music might make a girl happy, plus boys too, due to the price. That strip club photo makes me think about lap dances that would be free, if I dreamed. Blister Billy made me look at the relevancy of cheaper gas and how appetizing life is.
Danton Steele, via the Internetletters@orlandoweekly.com