Kids of gay parents ask too


Citizenlink.org, the website of the anti-gay Focus on the Family’s political action group, posted a press release Friday from California’s Yes on 8 campaign.

Through the entire thing, the Yes on 8 folks and Focus on the Family ignore every reality in our nation, politically, legally, socially. They conveniently paint a common experience among adopted children as one that only occurs in kids with gay parents. The political spinning is great, really it is. It’s also shameful.

Oh, and utilizing the family situation of a world-wide famous Hollywood couple. Yeah, Yes on 8 needs some attention.

The Right screams and rants when the political left uses children to a political advantage, yet the Right has no problem whatsoever doing it themselves.

From the release:

Angelina Jolie says her children are asking why she and Brad Pitt aren’t married.

The 33-year-old actress told Italian Vanity Fair the kids want to know why Shrek and Fiona, characters from the movie Shrek, got married and she and Pitt haven’t.

“We’ve done everything the wrong way around, but sooner or later the children will ask, you know, they watch films and ask questions,” Jolie said.

Jenny Tyree, marriage analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said the couple’s six children seem to understand the importance of marriage for their family.

“Their instinct is right-on,” she said. “If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the last 30 years of social-science data, it’s that kids thrive when their mom and dad are married to each other.

“It’s a shame that a couple so devoted to their children are not only depriving their family of the strength of the marital commitment, but that Brad Pitt has given a substantial donation to oppose California’s marriage amendment.”

Great political spinning, I say.

Children of gay parents ask the same question in their lives. They go to school and hear about weddings and marriages and have to come home and wonder why their two moms and two dads aren’t married. When they ask their parents, what do they say? How do parents explain to children the political and legal reality?

Marriage in the U.S. — a civil and legal contract — provides benefits and privileges that assist in raising children. The Right’s argument against gay marriage “for the sake of the children” ignores the reality that more than one million children in the U.S. are currently being raised by gay or lesbian parents.

The press release goes on to say:

“We know that children raised by a homosexual couple desire a relationship with the biological parent they don’t know,” Tyree said. “How tragic that too many people see marriage as a vehicle for adult rights rather than a social institution with children at its heart.”

Again, great political spinning and an ignorance of reality. Almost all adopted children “desire a relationship with the biological parent they don’t know.” It isn’t just a gay thing.

Focus on the Family? Which Family? They have no intention of operating in the best interest of all families. That’s for sure.


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One Response to “Kids of gay parents ask too”
  1. Brian says:

    A great reminder, Matt. I hope that Californians are hearing the questions of kids with gay parents!

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