The senator from Minnesota Al Franken today confronted, schooled, and scolded a so called expert witness from James Dobson's Focus on the Family xtianista hate group
after confronting the so-called witness from Fotf with facts, Senator Al Franken
"......don't know how we can trust the rest of your testimony......"
Thanx to radical simplicity pointing out the vid link is broken for some so here is a direct link to you tube
Huge thanx to StephenJoseph , Lineatus, & Kirien for the transcript work :-)
Sen Franken: Mr. Minnery, on page 8 of your written testimony, you write quote "Children living in their own biological or adoptive mothers - with their own - biological and or adoptive mothers and fathers are generally healthier and happier, have better access to health care, less likely to suffer mild to severe emotional problems, do better in school, were protected from physical, emotional and sexual abuse and almost never live in poverty, compared to children in any other family form. You cite a Department of Health and Human Services study, that I have right here, from December 2010, to support this conclusion. I [pause] checked the study out. And I would like to enter it into the record.
And it actually doesn't say what you said it says. It says that nuclear families - not opposite sex married families - are associated with those positive outcomes. Isn't it true, Mr. Minnery, that a married same sex couple who has had or adopted kids would fall under the definition of a nuclear family in the study that you cite?
Mr. Minnery: I would think that the study, when it cites nuclear families, would mean a family headed by a husband and wife.
Sen Franken: It doesn't. [laughter] The study defines nuclear family as "one or more children living with two parents" who are married to each other, and who are each biological or adoptive parents of all the children in the family. And I frankly don't know how we can trust the rest of your testimony, if you are reading studies this way.
and thanx to milkbone for a link to TPM transcript