- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 12, 2002

A national organization of family doctors will vote next week on whether to endorse adoption by homosexuals, a possibility that has some family groups in an uproar.
The American Academy of Family Physicians will consider two resolutions approving same-sex adoption and domestic-partner benefits at its Oct. 14-16 meeting at the San Diego Convention Center. The 93,500-member group, which is based in Leawood, Kan., has at this point taken no position on either issue.
Both resolutions are sponsored by the AAFP's New York chapter. There is a third resolution urging acceptance of a "gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered" delegate on the AAFP's constituency committee.
A spokeswoman for the AAFP said these resolutions are among 43 resolutions that will be considered at the three-day meeting. There has already been some adverse reaction from physicians on the homosexual-adoption resolution, she said.
The Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual-advocacy group, has on its Web site posted e-mail addresses of delegates from the AAFP's 54 chapters, each of which will send two representatives to San Diego.
A "yes" vote on the resolutions would put the AAFP in the same camp as other organizations that have endorsed homosexual adoptions, it said. These include the American Academy of Pediatrics, Child Welfare League of America, North American Council on Adoptable Children, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychoanalytic Association.
The AAP signaled a shift in its policy last February, when it said in its journal, Pediatrics, that children adopted by a homosexual deserve the security of two legally recognized parents.
The Family Research Council is condemning the resolutions.
"It is evident that the agenda of homosexual activists is to force mainstream organizations, especially those within the medical and religious communities, to affirm homosexual behavior as healthy and acceptable," said FRC culture studies director Peter Sprigg. "Family physicians, of all people, must recognize and protect children from a harmful lifestyle and the potentially dangerous environment of homosexuality."
The Population Association of American estimates 21.7 percent of lesbian couples and 5.2 percent of homosexual male couples have children in their homes.


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