Focus on the Family believes that — given a choice between having gay parents or remaining orphans, due to the unwillingness of Christian couples to adopt older kids — youths should be left in orphanages.

Focus declared Feb. 11 that California children are “best served” by ensuring that state governments favor adoption by unavailable “Christian” heterosexual parents and prevent adoption by available gay parents.

Focus does encourage Christian parents to adopt — not so much for love and family, but to make sure that stable and strong gay couples have no one left to adopt:

“One of the good things that can come out of a controversy like this is that Christians in the community can rise up and say, “We will be the families for these waiting kids,’ ” [Focus' Kelly Rosati] said.