Conroe, November 16 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal authored and sponsored a resolution supporting transgender adoptions in defiance of the Republican Party of Texas Platform at the November 14, 2017, Commissioners Court meeting. Incredibly, the four County Commissioners then blindly voted unanimously to adopt Doyal’s bizarre language in two resolutions supporting Montgomery County adoptions.
In support of “Montgomery County Adoption Day” and “Montgomery County Adoption Month,” Doyal authored and sponsored two resolutions both of which contained the following language:
“WHEREAS, there are no restrictions on who can adopt based on race, ethnicity, religious, sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or marital status; and…”
Many adoption organizations certainly do not permit adoptions for reasons of transgender behavior or gender identity. There is pending litigation in courts around the United States over whether transgender individuals have a right to adopt under the federal law. Only one federal appellate court has ruled on the issue.
Republican Party Platform
Doyal’s resolution defies several planks of the Republican Party Platform adopted at the 2016 Republican Party of Texas Convention.
The Republican Party Platform contains an anti-transgender plank: “We should prohibit entities and their affiliates that contradict our beliefs or teach alternate lifestyles including homosexuality, transgender and other non-traditional lifestyles as normal.” The Platform also contains a “Gender Identity” Plank which provides, “We urge the enactment of legislation addressing individuals’ use of bathrooms, showers and locker rooms that correspond with their biologically determined sex.”
The Platform also addresses Doyal’s transgender adoption issue head-on: “We oppose any government agency from forcing faith-based adoption or foster care organizations to place children with same-sex couples.”
B. Hussein Obama’s position on the issue
Former President B. Hussein Obama’s position on the transgender adoption issue is almost identical to Doyal’s. In April, 2015, President Obama, very much like County Judge Doyal, issued a presidential proclamation for National Foster Care Month, in which Obama proclaimed almost identically to Doyal:
“With so many children waiting for loving homes, it is important to ensure all qualified caregivers have the opportunity to serve as foster or adoptive parents, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.” (Emphasis added.)
Many experts disagree with the Doyal-Obama position on transgender adoption
Many experts disagree with the Doyal-Obama position on transgender adoption. Dr. James Dobson, President of Focus on the Family, a national conservative organization, wrote in a commentary in Time in 2006, “Love alone is not enough to guarantee healthy growth and development…The two most loving women in the world cannot provide a daddy for a little boy, any more than the two most loving men can be complete role models for a little girl.”
Bob Bagley, who has served on the Montgomery County Hospital District Board of Directors and is running for Precinct 4 County Commissioner, has been involved with social issues for several decades. Bagley told The Golden Hammer, “I’m a single man. My heart is with these children. I raised my three daughters mostly as a single dad. I think children need both a male and a female parent. God’s way is for a man and a woman to raise a child. Foster children especially need a sound family environment to help heal them and help them be able to grow.”
Bagley further explained that the majority of children who end up as the victims of sex trafficking, against which Bagley has fought for many years, have come from families where there is a missing father from the household to teach the children how men should treat women with respect.
Denise Schick of the Academic Council of the International Children’s Rights Institute wrote about her own experience as a child with a transgender father:
“I am one of those children. I was raised by a transgender father.
“I can testify to the emotional strain and confusion that my father’s life played in my sexual and gender identity. I sought out our neighbors for a foster father. Many times I pretended that one of my uncles or a friend’s father was my make-believe father.
“I was so hungry for my father; a transgender “mom” would not fit that need no matter how badly the adult wished it to.
“My father experimented with my make-up and clothes, and by 7th grade I had decided that alcohol was the easiest method to numb my own pain. By the beginning of high school, I wondered if life was worth living.
“There is nothing more painful for a daughter than to watch her dad put on a bra or have him wear your clothes. No daughter should have to place her clothes in her dresser drawers by a code so she can know if he had been pawing through her underclothes.
“It is not fair or healthy for a daughter to feel guilty about her developing body, or about becoming a woman. But in today’s world we encourage children to accept their parent’s sexual desires. We prioritize adult’s sexual preferences ahead of what is best for their children.
“As a culture we are very willing to address the emotional distress, isolation and other negative issues of people who come out as transgender adults. But we have not even begun to discuss the issues involved and the impact this has on their wives and children.
“I’m begging America to wake up to what is being done for the sake of society and for children worldwide! This cultural celebration of transgenderism, for me as a daughter of a transgender father, is misguided and insensitive.”