NEW YORK CITY – In an unprecedented court ruling, a Manhattan judge has given two unmarried ‘co-parents’ permission to adopt a child from Ethiopia.
Bernard Clair, a lawyer not involved in the adoption case, told reporters that the unprecedented ruling “expands the boundaries of adoption rights,” since it establishes a precedent for further co-parenting adoptions.
However, some Christian leaders are warning of the court decision’s consequences. Kevin Swanson, a family expert and director of Generations with Vision, told Christian News Network that changing God’s definition of the intrinsic family unit is harmful to society.
“Breaking up the family has always been perceived as emotionally, socially and morally de-stabilizing,” Swanson stated. “That’s the point driven home by biblical law in the Old Testament. I think that modern history has proven the point beyond any doubt whatsoever.”
Swanson cited two studies—one from the University of Texas and another from The Heritage Foundation—which reveal the negative effects non-traditional family structures have on children. Child abuse, depression, poverty, and drug addictions are all social ills commonly brought on by non-nuclear family structures, according to the studies.
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