On Sunday, Senator John McCain was asked to speak in regards to the issue of gay adoption in an interview. McCain, who himself is a father of an adopted daughter; spoke against a same-sex couple raising a child. Asked if that would hold if the child’s only alternative to a same sex couple, he stated “that he wanted to encourage adoption and make the process easier, but that adoptive parents should be mixed-sex, traditional couples.” When asked to later clarify, his campaign stated that “Senator McCain’s expressed his personal preference for children to be raised by a mother and a father wherever possible,” further stating “he recognizes that there are many abandoned children who have yet to find homes. John McCain believes that in those situations that caring parental figures are better for the child than the alternative.”
His response here is not a surprise. Though he has voiced opposition to a federal constitutional amendment, he has supported gay marriage bans at a statewide level, specifically campaigning for it in Arizona in 2006.
The issue here is not whether Senator McCain supports banning adoption for same-sex couples at a state or federal level. Frankly, such a stance is trying to have things both ways. On one hand, he pleases social conservatives by taking a stance against gay rights. On the other hand, he shows a supposed flexibility to ensure that swing voters are not turned off by said opposition. Those of us in the political business call this triangulating, or trying to say one thing with the intent to do something else. We should expect that someone who wishes to be our nation’s leader would do everything to ensure the next generation receives every possible opportunity. By standing against gay adoption, McCain is standing in the way of orphaned children going home to a loving family. Where are the family values there?