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Rosie sticks it to Bush

Rosey

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -- Talk show host Rosie O'Donnell, publicly discussing her homosexuality for the first time, says her own experience as a gay parent proves that the state of Florida and President Bush are "wrong" in their opposition to gay adoption.

"I don't think America knows what a gay parent looks like," O'Donnell, the mother of three adopted children, tells correspondent Diane Sawyer in a televised interview to air on the ABC News program "Primetime Thursday."

"I am the gay parent."

O'Donnell, who turns 40 this month, says she was moved to openly discuss her sexuality and motherhood after reading about the case of Steve Lofton and Roger Croteau, a gay couple suing the state of Florida to overturn its ban on gay adoption.

The American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) Lesbian and Gay Rights Project is leading the lawsuit with Lofton, Croteau, and Wayne Smith and Dan Skahen -- two other Florida gay foster parents who want to adopt -- as plaintiffs.

"I'm saying it now because I want people to know that I'm the kind of parent the state of Florida ... thinks is unworthy, and it's wrong," she says, in excerpts of the interview provided by ABC News.


Asked by Sawyer what she thinks about President Bush's statement that children ought to be adopted in families with a woman and a man who are married, O'Donnell replied, "Well, he's wrong. President Bush is wrong about that.


"If ... he and his wife are invited to come spend a weekend at my house with my children ... I'm sure his mind would change."

Her interview comes just weeks before the former stand-up comic and actress plans to end her six-year, Emmy-winning and renominated stint as host of "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" in order to spend more time with her adopted children -- two boys and a girl -- Parker, 6; Chelsea, 4; and Blake, 2.

'Well-adjusted' kids
She describes her children as "well-adjusted" and "happy," although she acknowledges they'll likely be teased for having a gay mom and that it probably "would be easier for them if I were married to a man."

O'Donnell says that if she had to choose between having her children "go through the struggles of being gay in America, or being heterosexual? I would say heterosexual."

She adds, "If I could take a pill to make myself straight, I wouldn't do it, because I am who I am, and I've come to this point in my life, and I'm very happy, you know. But it's a lot easier in the world to be heterosexual than it is to be gay."

O'Donnell says bias against gay adoption exists because of the widely held perception that "the gay lifestyle is a lot of party, pretty boys and South Beach dancing."

"But those are generally not the people who are applying to adopt," she said. "It's people who are settled who know that the priority in their life is to have a family."

While the interview marks her first public acknowledgment that she's a lesbian, O'Donnell says she never sought to keep her sexuality a secret. The star says she waited this long to go public, in part, because she wanted to be "in a committed, long-term relationship." O'Donnell and her current companion have been together about four years, she says.

Asked about past comments that she found actor Tom Cruise attractive, O'Donnell said there was nothing wrong with gay people being able to "appreciate the aesthetic beauty of somebody of the other gender."

"He makes my heart beat, and I adore him, gay, straight, or somewhere in-between," she says of Cruise. "He is the (most) perfect man that ever walked the face of the Earth."
the online poll shows that 55% of respondents think that gays should not be allowed to adopt, with over 110,000 people voting.

please note that the lesbian woman spells her name with an 'ie' not an 'ey'...consider all jokes about the name acknowledged and chuckled over....ahahaha
 

LoopeD

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It shouldnt be who the parents are sleeping with, it should be the character of the parent themselves. Many people argue that gays, men in particular, are extremely promiscuous and this lifestyle isn't compatible with child-raising. And I think that for some, this is true. People who wish to adopt should have to pass rigorous testing before being approved, gay or straight, but I think that gays who are extremely open with their sexual activities i.e. wear it on their sleeves like everyone cares who they're sleeping with at night and consider sex to be the most important thing in their life should probably not be raising kids until they get their priorities straight.






:)d
 

Rosey

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Originally posted by LoopeD
It shouldnt be who the parents are sleeping with, it should be
...........blah...blah...blah.....deletia....
until they get their priorities straight.
why? any slutty moron can father or give birth to a child. why should an adopter (someone who has made a conscious decision to parent) have to face a more rigorous challenge?
 
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labRat

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why do people care so much about what celebrities think? do their opinions actually have more merit behind them because they're on the big screen?

stupid fat dyke!

--craig
 

AVE

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Originally posted by Rosey


why? any slutty moron can father or give birth to a child. why should an adopter (someone who has made a conscious decision to parent) have to face a more rigorous challenge?
thats like saying any crackhead can father a child, so if he wants to adopt one, we should just let him have it??
 

Rosey

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Originally posted by AVE


thats like saying any crackhead can father a child, so if he wants to adopt one, we should just let him have it??
i was speaking with regards to the sexual practices and habits of the potential adopter. duh.
 

Plato

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"the gay lifestyle is a lot of party, pretty boys and South Beach dancing."
you mean queer as folk isn't an accurate portrayal of gay life!?

:eek:

p[l]a+0 <--crushed to learn that lesbians dont have sex 24/7
 
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LoopeD

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Originally posted by Rosey


why? any slutty moron can father or give birth to a child. why should an adopter (someone who has made a conscious decision to parent) have to face a more rigorous challenge?

You can't control what "any slutty moron BREEDER" does; however you can control who you give adoptive children to. So no test at all? Just walk on in and pick up however many kids you want? Give me a break, dude, and quit waving the gay rights banner, that's not what's up for discussion here.

If I was the adoption agency, I sure wouldn't want to give a bunch of swinging porn stars access to children, gay or straight. If sex is your lifestyle, hobby and pastime then you should GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT before immersing a child in said lifestyle. I said some gays seem to be all about the sexual aspect of their orientation, same with some heteros, and that maybe they wouldn't make the best parents. However, most gays (and heteros) are just two people in love who want to share that love with a child.





:)d
 

Mr_Furious

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on a somewhat unrelated note:

why was it such a shock to so many people that Rosie told everyone she was gay? It seemed really obvious to me for some reason....
 

Plato

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^^^who said they were shocked?? :confused:

the shocking thing is that she didnt make as big a spectacle of it as she could have if she wanted to.

p[l]a+0
 

AdRiaN

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Celebrities

Originally posted by *labRat*
why do people care so much about what celebrities think? do their opinions actually have more merit behind them because they're on the big screen?
No shit! I generally disregard the opinions of celebrities on most issues because these people tend to have little touch with reality. You have Hollywood stars who make millions of dollars a year, and live in their sheltered world of nannies and professional shoppers, acting as advocates for the poor and oppressed of America?!

Pfft!
 
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Rosey

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a celebreties opinion on, say, the war in afghanistan is no more valuable than anybody else's, perhaps less so.

the opinion of a lesbian who happens to be a celebrity, and who has adopted children, on the issue of should gays be allowed to adopt is valid because they are a successful person who is involved with the issue. again, duh.
 

Klubmasta Will

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Originally posted by *labRat*
why do people care so much about what celebrities think? do their opinions actually have more merit behind them because they're on the big screen?
their opinions may not have more merit, but certain celebrities are UNBELIEVABLY influential to middle class america.

if you were to do a proper study and make up a list of the most influential people in north america, rosie would be in the top 20.

oprah would be in the top 5.
 

Klubmasta Will

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also, since gays/lesbians are still a marginalized community, it helps tremendously to have high profile individuals come out of the closet.

just like racial acceptance has been influenced by people like mohammed ali, jackie robinson, arthur ashe and tiger woods.

there's nothing wrong with using celebrity status to help a marginalized community.
 

AdRiaN

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Adoption

Originally posted by Rosey
the opinion of a lesbian who happens to be a celebrity, and who has adopted children, on the issue of should gays be allowed to adopt is valid because they are a successful person who is involved with the issue. again, duh.
You're right ... I should probably oppose any forms of gun control because a celebrity, Charleton Heston, has successfully proven the merits of safe gun ownership as president of the NRA.
 
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Klubmasta Will

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Re: Adoption

Originally posted by AdRiaN
You're right ... I should probably oppose any forms of gun control because a celebrity, Charleton Heston, has successfully proven the merits of safe gun ownership as president of the NRA.
actually, charleton heston's celebrity status has been trumped by bono - who is against all guns.

and there's no trumping bono. :p
 

labRat

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Originally posted by Klubmasta Will


their opinions may not have more merit, but certain celebrities are UNBELIEVABLY influential to middle class america.

if you were to do a proper study and make up a list of the most influential people in north america, rosie would be in the top 20.

oprah would be in the top 5.
i realise this and it's a shame, really.

--craig
 
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