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For foster children, is having gay parents worse than having none at all?

Letter writer Bob Marshall of Richmond, Va., cites a biased study funded by two conservative think tanks as the ultimate authority on gay adoption both in Maryland and nationwide ("Vote no to immorality," Oct. 27).

What he does not mention, however, is that there are nearly 500,000 foster children in the U.S. without homes, and 100,000 who are actively looking for permanent families, only 20,000 of whom will eventually succeed.

Mr. Marshall owes some answers to the remaining 80,000 children who would love the strong foundation of family that a gay or lesbian couple could provide.

Is no home better than their home? Is no love better than their love? Is having no grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles better than having their parents' nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters?

Is having no one assisting and guiding you through math homework better than a gay and lesbian couple coaching you? Is no one sitting on the sideline watching a baseball and soccer game better than your gay parents cheering you on?

Gay couples often adopt children that no one else will, providing them with a future that heterosexual couples refuse to take on. Please join this young heterosexual married man, not just in support of Question 6, but to support children, families, gays and lesbians and equal rights for everyone.

Vince Grey, Linthicum

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