First of all, I want to preface this by saying that I have no problem whatsoever with homosexuality and I'm not just saying that as some token innoculation ("I have black friends but..."). I'm just genuinely confused as to why the topic of gay couples adopting children doesn't have more salience in the political discourse. In my view, actually, it's far, far more important than gay marriage is. Aside from the esoteric debate about to what degree marriage is a religious or secular practice, it's still a relationship between two consenting adults. Ethically, that's all that matters. With adoption the dynamic is a bit different. A favorite among anti-gay marriage advocates is that "it's not natural". Well, the fact that men sometimes become sexually attracted to men means that, in fact, homosexuality is natural, however perverse you find it, so that argument is ridiculous. But in this case, it's simply a fact that it's not natural that a child not have a Mom. Again, I am not on some self-righteous crusade; indeed, the reason I am posting this is because I want to hear contrary opinions expressed so that I can think about the issue more clearly. And I can anticipate some of the counter-arguments already (social concept of "gender" and how it relates to actual sex; the ubiquity of single parent families, etc.). I just want to have an honest discussion about this. As it is now, I certainly agree that a loving, committed gay couple is a better option than nothing at all, but I think straight couples should be first in the pecking order, as it were. Thoughts?