Monday, August 27, 2012

When children are exploited to harm marriage equality . . .

From the folks in Minnesota attempting to pass that dreadful anti-marriage equality amendment comes the following video which has nothing to do with marriage equality.

According to Kalley Yanta, the woman in the video:

"The overwhelming body of scientific evidence establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that children do best when they are raised by their married mother and father. In fact when their parents are married to each other children are more likely to enjoy better relationships with their parents and greater family stability, they enjoy better physical health and experience fewer mental health and emotional problems."

That's all very well but I have a couple of questions.

1. Did these studies compare same-sex families to heterosexual families? Probably not.

2. How will allowing same-sex couples to marry cause any problems with children being raised by their married parents?

3. What about children who are adopted or in foster care? What about children raised by single parents or grandparents? Or children raised by relatives?  Or children already being raised by same-sex couples?

Here, I think, is the problem with these organizations exploiting children to speak against marriage equality. They claim to care about children but leave a bunch out of the equation because these children don't measure up to their "Ozzie and Harriet" fantasy.

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Anonymous said...

I think we can use the exact same arguments for marriage equality. Just change the "mother and father" to "two loving parents."

Jeff Jeffcoat said...

I am continually amazed at how these many "CHRISTIan" organizations can use distortions and LIES to further their hatred and intolerance, yet still claim to be CHRISTian!!
"What would Jesus do?" ... Certainly NOT what they are doing!!

truthspew said...

I nailed it a few years back when I said the anti-gay bigots (aka heterosupremacist bigots) started using the child argument.

Of course now it's to the point of being ridiculous since the data actually show that the sex of the parents doesn't matter.

Anonymous said...

she said it, it's not political, so i don't attend your church, so kiss off