Karen Handel is the Republican candidate for Georgia’s 6th Congressional district. With the election to take place on Tuesday 20 June, Handel took part in a meet-and-greet on 16 June at a local sandwich shop.
A mother of a lesbian daughter spoke to Handel about her stance on LGBTI rights. In particular, she wanted to know about her daughter’s rights when it came to adopting children.
‘What protections do I have for her having a family in the future, wanting to adopt a kid?’ the mother asked.
‘I have to be honest,’ Handel replied. ‘My faith calls me to a different place on the issue.’ She went on to call her faith ‘compassionate.’
‘I’m not aware of anything in the law, right now, that I’m aware of, that’s going to be impactful, from a discriminatory standpoint, against your daughter,’ Handel told the woman.
After citing the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, Handel abruptly ended the conversation without giving the woman a clear answer.
Watch the exchange below:
When Handel ran for Governor of Georgia in 2009, she said she would consider taking steps to stop same-sex couples from adopting children.
‘I am against gay adoption,’ she stated. ‘But remember — I mean, if there is legislation on that, certainly I will follow that and look at it. But in the end, ultimately courts are going to be the ones to have to make the decision on that and it’s always in the best interests of the child. Do I think that gay parents is in the best interest of the child? No. But we do have our court system that deals with many and most of those issues.’
‘I think that for a child to be in a household — in a family in a household with a situation where the parents are not married, as in one man and one woman, is not the best household for a child,’ she went on to say.