Well, I'm glad people have been able to take this thread with a generous grain of salt.
However, as an adoptive parent...*cough*....I do want to point something out.
The whole premise of this thread is what you might call hollow. There is no such thing as a civil right to adopt, regardless of sexual orientation. Whether someone is gay or straight, married or single, adoption is a privelege.
What gay couples have the right to---or should have the right to---is to be able to apply to adopt in the same manner as straight couples, without any undue bias on the part of workers or agencies. They should have the right to have their application evaluated fairly and appropriately.
What every child in the system has the right to, is to be placed with the family or individual that will best meet his or her needs. Sometimes that's going to be a traditional heterosexual couple with dad at work and mom at home, sometimes it's going to be something very different---a single parent, two working parents, or a gay couple.
Every year there are thousands of children who are waiting for adoptive homes, because they have some special need like a learning disability, emotional difficulties due to past abuse or neglect, physical disability, or simply being a teenager or wanting to be adopted with one or more siblings. These kids wait, while hopeful couples put their names on waiting lists for "healthy white infants". :pout:
The idea that "gay adoption rights" is one of the major issues of the day totally ignores the realities of the real issues in adoption, and the painful realities of the lives of waiting children.
And frankly, as someone who has worked with abused and neglected children in more than one capacity, I can say that the fact that "most parents"---straight or gay---are not abusive, makes very, very little difference, if any, to the children whose parents are.