Flordia Anti-Gay Adoption Group Accused of 'Scare Tactics' Photo
Conservative Orlando Family Policy Council accused of using false photo as anti-gay "scare tactic"
A Florida group that opposes adoption by gay couples is being accused of using scare tactics and stereotypical photo profiling, according to a blogger writing for Sociological Images.
According to the report, the Florida Family Policy Council used a photo of an “androgynous-looking, angry, mannish lesbian couple” to inform its members that a couple had been allowed to adopt a relative’s child.
The actual lesbian couple looked feminine, happy, "non-menacing", and were attractive by "heterosexual norms of femininity" said the report. Thus, to make its point sufficiently frightening, the couple's picture was replaced by an angry and "butch" looking couple, who looked lower class and threatening.
The Orlando Sentinel newspaper called the Family council , who apologized for the "mix up", the report stated.
A Judge's Ruling called "arrogant"
In the case of the actual couple, who were foster parents to a one year old boy, a judge's ruling had stated that they should be allowed legally to adopt the boy as their own son. This caused an outcry among religious conservative groups in the state.
The Orlando Florida Family Policy Council charged the court with "arrogant judicial activism" which proponents of gay adoption believe is only code for not wanting gays to have equal rights with heterosexuals.
Thus, the "scare tactic" of the photo of the bizarre looking couple was a last resort of the right, they charged.
The two-woman couple awarded custody of the 1-year-old were South Florida trade-show executive Vanessa Alenier and her partner, Melanie Leon and " look more like J.Crew models: all-American with catalogue clothes and smiles" said journalist Scott Maxwell of the Orlando Sentinel.
The picture that the Policy Council chose was a grotesque caricature.
These are the dirty tactics of Christianity's far-right warriors.
Not the majority of mainstream Christians, mind you. Not those who are focused on caring for their own families and practicing their own faith — those who may even question homosexuality -- but those who are obsessed with homosexuality.
Also bad, gwen adds, is how the FFPC brings social class into the matter with the use of mullets. The head of the council apologized after being called on it by the Orlando Sentinel, though Scott Maxwell notes, John Stemberger “made a point of saying that none of his recipients had complained about” the mixup.