Thursday, February 24, 2011

Who am i?


Poughkeepsie Journal


Ensure children can know their family

"I feel like I don't know who I am." Those allegedly were the words of Carlina White when she contacted the National Center for Missing Children in search of her biological parents. Her abduction and subsequent upbringing by a stranger back in 1987 is, of course, extreme; but, sometimes extreme circumstances give us pause to consider certain realities.

This case certainly bears witness to a child's need to know and be known by the man and woman who bring said child into the world. Even legally adopted children may experience a type of longing for their true origin. This is why there are databases to reconnect adopted children with their biological parents.

Yet, what does our new Gov. Andrew Cuomo propose but to codify same-sex "marriage" — along with a framework that can only ensure children will be denied an original, organic family.

Converging the White case with same-sex marriage seems disparate, but not so when considered from the child's vantage point.

Linda Cebrian


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