American conservative commentator Ben Shapiro recently made the case that same-sex couples should not be allowed to adopt children. His reasoning is that Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are two separate holidays.
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In the 14 June episode of his podcast, The Ben Shapiro Show, Shapiro made the following remarks in response to a listener question about adoption:
‘Adoption needs to be made much easier,’ he said. ‘Right now, it’s insane. States are basically cracking down on adoption agencies if those adoption agencies have religious backgrounds. We’ve seen adoption agencies in places like Massachusetts actually get shut down if they prefer to hand a baby over to a traditional male-female couple as opposed to a same-sex couple. So Catholic charities have shut down adoption services in Massachusetts because of this.’
He continued: ‘Now, I think there is a perfectly secular, rational case for handing a baby over to a male and a female, because I don’t think that they are the same. I don’t think that fathers and mothers are the same.’
‘Every single Father’s Day and Mother’s Day, I make the same joke on Twitter. And it is, “happy second legal guardian of unspecified gender day.” Because if you don’t think there’s a difference between fathers and mothers, or males and females, then why have a Father’s Day or a Mother’s Day? Just have an unspecified legal guardian day.’
‘But if you think a child needs a mother and a father, then yes, I think it is perfectly fine, perfectly rational, and in fact good to prefer – all other things being equal, obviously – a male-female couple to a male-male or female-female couple. Or a single mom. There is nothing I think remotely controversial about that in a social science sense.’
‘Now, again, that’s all other things being equal. If you’re talking about an abusive household where the male is abusing the female, as opposed to two males who are not abusing each other, obviously that is different. And socioeconomically, the difference between growing up in a house on food stamps as opposed to a middle class household, that makes a difference too. It’s multifactorial, in other words.’
‘One thing that would make adoption easier is more adoption agencies, not fewer,’ he concluded. ‘Also, the hoops you have to jump through to be able to adopt are just ridiculous.’
Watch the clip below:
Ben Shapiro making the case that same-sex couples shouldn’t be allowed to adopt because Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are seperate holidays pic.twitter.com/goq76EPQdf
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) June 14, 2019
Ben Shapiro is known for his negative stance on LGBTI rights. He opposed the federal legalization of same-sex marriage, for instance. He also doesn’t believe same-sex marriage should be taught in public schools. Shapiro is practices Orthodox Judaism and believes homosexuality is a sin. He has also said that he believes transgender people are mentally ill.