Homosexual Men Given Custody of Children Rather than Own Grandparents
By Tim Waggoner
EDINBURGH, Scotland, January 28, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – After a two-year-long custody battle with an Edinburgh court, two young children have been placed into the hands of two homosexual men rather than with the children’s own grandparents.
According to the Daily Mail, the court found the grandparents, who are 46 and 59, to be too old to adequately raise the children. The grandparents could not afford to continue the expensive legal process, and therefore resolved to give the children up for adoption provided the new adoptive parents would be a loving mother and father.
Soon after the ruling, however, the couple was informed that their five year old grandson and four year old granddaughter, who had been living in a foster home during the custody battle because their mom was a heroine addict, were being put into the care of a homosexual couple.
“It breaks my heart to think that our grandchildren are being forced to grow up in an environment without a mother figure. We are not prejudiced, but I defy anyone to explain to us how this can be in their best interests," said the grandfather.
"The ideal for any child is to have a loving father and a loving mother in their lives. But in our society the mother is generally the cornerstone of the family and the most important person for a young child."
But the grandfather was forced to cease his protests, being told by social workers that, "You can either accept it, and there’s a chance you’ll see the children twice a year, or you can take that stance and never see them again."
The social workers said that they would "certainly look" into allowing the grandparents to see their grandchildren "when you are able to come back with an open mind on the issues."
"If you couldn’t support the children [in the homosexual adoption], if you were having contact and couldn’t support the children, and were showing negative feelings, it wouldn’t be in their best interests for contact to take place," added the social worker.
The social workers confessed that several heterosexual couples had been approved to take custody of the children, and it was well documented in a social work report that the four year old girl "has tended to be more wary of males in general."
The grandparents have not seen their grandchildren since the decision was made to place the children with the homosexual couple.
“Granny, I’m not going to see you for a very long time,” said the five-year-old boy at their last meeting. ‘Maybe when I’m in Primary Seven I’ll be able to see you.’
‘We’ll try our very hardest to see you soon,’ said his visibly emotional grandmother, according to the Mail.
The boy told his grandfather that, "If you want to see me you will have to pick me up because I will be a very long way away. We are getting a new mummy and daddy."
A spokesperson for the Catholic Church in Scotland, Peter Kearney, commented on the issue, saying, "This is a devastating decision which will have a serious impact on the welfare of the children involved.
"There is an overwhelming body of evidence showing that same-sex relationships are inherently unstable and reduce the life expectancy of those involved.
"With this in mind, the social work department has deliberately ignored evidence which undermines their decision and opted for politically correct posturing rather than providing stability and protection."
Homosexual adoption was approved in Scotland in 2006 despite the fact that an official consultation process showed that 90 percent of people opposed it.
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