Cathy Arnst

A couple of recent news items speak to the issue of what defines family. The first was the announcement that Mary Cheney, VP Dick Cheney's gay daughter, is going to have a baby with her longtime (female) partner--a decision that has come under attack from some conservatives who argue that children should only be raised by a married man and woman. The other was the news that, come May, China will no longer let unmarried people adopt . Policy makers there figure China's unwanted children would be best served by a two-parent home. And of course, they have an absolute prohibition against adoption by gays.

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