Target: Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant
Goal: Praise the Utah courts for allowing same-sex couples to adopt in the state
The Utah Supreme court has lifted a hold that prevented the state’s Department of Health from issuing birth certificates to same-sex couples who were trying to adopt children within the state. This comes shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to review the issue of marriage equality for states such as Utah, which meant that the lower courts’ decisions to legalize same-sex marriage were upheld. Now, not only can same-sex couples get officially married, they can adopt children in the state of Utah.
While marriage equality is a very important issue, it’s also essential that same-sex couples be allowed to create the kind of family they want. Considering how many children are currently in group and foster homes waiting to be adopted, it’s absolutely repugnant to refuse to let same-sex couples adopt. Scientific studies have already shown that children raised by two parents of the same sex fare just as well or better than children raised by different-sex parents. The only reason to disallow same-sex adoption is pure bigotry.
By signing this petition, you’ll let the Utah Supreme Court know that you support and applaud their decision to allow same-sex adoptions to go through. For many same-sex couples, the adoption issue is just as important as the ability to get married, and we need to show the rest of the more conservative U.S. states that we won’t be stopping at marriage equality. This won’t end until there is total equality in all matters.
Dear Judge Durrant,
I wanted to send my thanks for your decision to lift the hold on processing same-sex adoptions in Utah. Thanks to you, the many same-sex couples who can now get married following the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision will be able to complete their families by giving a waiting child a loving home. This is a wonderful victory for everyone involved.
As everyone in the country should be aware, we have a serious problem with the number of unadopted children in the U.S. who are waiting in group homes or questionable foster care. Every year, thousands of children reach the age of 18 without ever being adopted, and many of these young people must turn to criminal activity just to survive when they’re put out on the street. This is a national disgrace. Preventing needy children from being adopted just because of bigotry or religion is unacceptable. Same-sex couples are just as capable at raising children as anyone else, and there’s no reason to bar them from doing so.
Thank you again for allowing same-sex adoptions to be processed and completed. You are now a hero to all future children who become adopted by these couples who otherwise would have been left in bad situations. It’s my hope that other states look to you as an example in caring, fairness, and equality.
[Your Name Here]
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