A woman who became addicted to heroin and had her two children taken from her by social services has shared her views on gay adoption.
The drug addict, who cannot be named, spoke to the Daily Mail, who first broke the story that that her two children were to be adopted by a gay couple.
Her parents had applied but were turned down, they claim because of their age and health problems.
As Edinburgh City Council cannot comment on the individual case, there is no way of confirming their story.
The children are aged five and four.
Their mother, who now claims to have kicked her habit, told the Mail:
“The social worker told me the kids are getting on really well with them (the gay couple).
“My daughter had apparently said to the social worker, “Come up and see my princess bed.” I just feel totally devastated.”
However, she also said that despite “having nothing against gay people” she does not want the children she was judged incapable of raising to live with a same-sex couple.
“I did not under any circumstances want my children to be placed with gay men. I wanted them to have a mum and a dad.
“They can’t be telling me that, within a 60-mile radius, the only people they could find to look after my children were two men.”
The mother said social services had explained to her that of the available adoptive parents the gay couple
“were the ones who were able to cater for their needs best. I find that very hard to believe. I’ll have to say
that to them when I meet them because it’s how I feel, but I don’t want the whole thing to become an argument. I will have lots of questions to ask them.”
The case has unleashed a torrent of negative stories about gay adoption.