The "M" Word

"Don't tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value."

- Joe Biden

Houston, adoption reform land has a money problem. There. I said it. The "M" word.

A couple of months ago, I posted something similar to the following observation on social media:

The "organized" adoption reform movement and the Human Rights Campaign both started at the same time, in the mid-1970s. The former had an ambitious, but seemingly achievable goal: gain access to original birth certificates and adoption records for adult adoptees. The latter had a seemingly impossible goal to redefine long-entrenched American legal principles and values of marriage, family and sexuality. Whether you support their mission or not, the political effort has been nothing short of stunning and we can learn much from it.

So how is it that today, the HRC now owns a building in Washington, D.C. with a staff of 150, including six full-time attorneys and has effective lobbies in every statehouse as well as the nation's capital -- and has more or less achieved its goal -- while the adoption reform movement has a handful or two of successful local grass roots groups and non-profits, has succeeded in changing laws to provide varying degrees of access in about half the states, and may best be described as a fractious online community largely bent on self-sabotage through snarkiness?

Aside from our persistent inability to leave our egos and personality disorders at the door, what obvious factor has defined the difference in the degrees of success between the two movements? Say it. Say it out loud: MONEY.