As the election year progresses, many candidates in both parties and at every level will say it. Child-welfare professionals work mightily to make it a reality. Our country's laws and policies are intended to promote its essential truth: Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, permanent and loving family.
I was 12 years old when I found out that my mother is gay. It was not more than a year after my parents (mother and father) were divorced when she sat me down at that old kitchen barstool and asked me what I would think if she told me that her and her best friend, Shellie, were "more than just friends."