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March 21st, 2013
11:31 AM ET

Adopted boy writes letter to Chief Justice Roberts urging support of same sex marriage

Daniel Leffew is a very passionate 12-year-old who wrote a letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts urging him to support same sex marriage. Daniel and his father Bryan are on "Starting Point" to talk to John Berman and Christine Romans about how deeply this issue effects their family.

Daniel and his 8-year-old sister Salina were adopted by their two gay dads when Daniel was 5-years-old. When he heard that Chief Justice John Roberts also had two adopted children, he decided to write the letter. Daniel believes that everyone has a different opinion on family, and both he and Justice Roberts “know that no matter if you are blood related, family is people who love and take care of you.”

Daniel suffers from a genetic disorder called Goldenhar syndrome, which affects the whole left side of his body. When he was in foster care he was frequently told he was un-adoptable because of his condition.

Daniel writes this letter a week before the Supreme Court is set to hear the case determining the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and the constitutionality of Proposition 8 in California. Daniel's family lives in California, and while his dads' marriage was grandfathered and not "annulled when they upheld prop 8” he still hopes that Chief Justice Roberts “makes the right decision and sees our family like any other.”


Filed under: Adoption • Gay marriage • Gay rights • Medical Condition • SCOTUS
February 19th, 2013
08:35 AM ET

How will suspicious death of adopted Russian boy affect the adoption process? Donaldson Adoption Institute's Pertman weighs in

FROM CNN WIRES:

CNN) - Officials in West Texas said Monday they are investigating the "suspicious" death of a 3-year-old boy, adopted from Russia, and a Russian official blamed the death on "inhuman abuse."

The boy was born on January 9, 2010, and died on January 21, 2013, according to Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative for human rights.

This comes amid a tense time between the U.S. and Russia, after Russia moved to ban U.S. adoptions in December.

Today on "Starting Point," Adam Pertman, executive director of Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, on Russian-U.S. adoption stalemate.

READ MORE: Russia decries death of adopted boy in Texas


Filed under: Adoption • Russia