Leaked Audio: GOP Congressman Tells Kids They Would Be Better Off In Orphanages Than With Gay Parents
A new audio obtained by The Los Angeles Blade shows Republican Congressman Chris Smith (NJ) telling parents at Colts Neck High School in Colts Neck, New Jersey that if their kids are gay they should send them to an orphanage because they would be better off.
The recording, which is from earlier this year, captures student Hannah Valdes asking the congressman if her sister, who happens to be gay, would be “less of a legitimate parent” for adopting.
“The issue, legally, is moot at this point especially with the Supreme Court decision,” Smith said.
Valdes continued to press the Republican lawmakers and asked for his personal views on gay adoption.
“There are many others who would like to adopt who can acquire a child,” the lawmaker responded, noting that “the waiting periods are extremely long.”
Another student the questioned Smith on what makes “others” better-suited to raising children.
“In my opinion, a child needs every possibility of —” the congressman began saying before cutting himself off.
“Somebody mentioned orphanages before,” he went on. “I mean, orphanages are still a possibility for some kids.”
Valdes, who spoke with the Blade, said that the Republican congressman was reminded about voting against adoption by gay parents.
“Another student asked about one of Smith’s votes in 1999 in favor of an amendment that would have banned adoption by gay parents in D.C,” Valdes said.
Valdes also said that Smith told students that he still holds the same beliefs.
“Rep. Smith responded by saying that he does not approve of gay adoption because gay households are not healthy environments for children to grow up in,” Valdes told the LGBTQ website. “He then stated that ‘numerous household studies’ show that children that have heterosexual parents have better lives than children that have homosexual parents.”
Listen to the audio clip below: