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With the Supreme Court's ruling today, this country has taken a major step forward.  However, some Republicans have continued to cling to an argument they made in the past that is designed to energize the conservative base--that gay marriage hurts children.  Here are two statements made today:

Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), who announced that  he will be proposing a federal amendment to reinstate DOMA indicated:  

Decades of social-science research have “shown that every child deserves a mom and dad,” he said, adding later, “I think children will be hurt.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

Not surprising, Michele Bachman stated:

No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted,” Bachmann said. “What the court has done will undermine the best interest of children and the best interests of the United States.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

Why don't they understand that what is in the best interest of children is to have loving parents-whether they are gay or straight.

Fortunately, with today's ruling and the legalization of gay marriage in some states, it appears this country is rejecting the views of Huelskamp and Bachmann.  Hopefully, soon these types of statements will be looked at in the same negative way that we now look at the bigoted statements about racial minorities.  

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  •  Teaching bigotry and hate hurts children (11+ / 0-)

    Look what it turns them into.

    We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

    by Dallasdoc on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 06:24:44 PM PDT

  •  Heard the same bullshit on the radio today. (9+ / 0-)

    Heard a lawyer for the Thomas More Law Center state that "All the research has shown that children do better and have better outcomes growing up with a mother and a father."

    And, of course, the fool on NPR didn't challenge that ridiculous claim.

    Calling other DKos members "weenies" is a personal insult and therefore against site rules.

    by Bob Johnson on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 06:25:54 PM PDT

  •  Who cares what Bachmann has to say? (6+ / 0-)

    --Nancy Pelosi

    Co-sign.

  •  Well, of course they do... (3+ / 0-)
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    Dallasdoc, JBL55, CajunBoyLgb

    they would and will.  But every time they argue it, they will be more and more extreme and isolated in that view until those that continue to voice it are just the crazy extremist fringe.

    Just like what happened post Civil Rights era.

    The argument may be the same, but it's a different argument when its made post-decision rather than pre-decision because context.
     

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 06:37:14 PM PDT

  •  Some also think the world is flat, and (3+ / 0-)
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    climate change doesn't exist, and

    men rode dinosaurs when the world was created 6,000 years ago, and

    the US House is filled with Communists, and

    the President was born any somewhere other than here, and

    rape kits prevent pregnancy, and

    women secrete magicy anti-spermy fluids, and

    soliciting sex in a mens' room is NOT gay, and

    they can see Russia from their house.

    "Who cares?"

    "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (John Boner, Paul Ryan, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

    by Eman on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 06:43:19 PM PDT

  •  Oh, F*** them! And ***. (5+ / 0-)

    I was raised in a "gay household." Guess I'm a just statistic for the bigoted class. Odd that it doesn't seem to me like I've been "hurt." Sigh.

    All I have to tell the other side is that my life was richer and fuller, because I not only had a mother - I also had an "other mother." Yeah, that's right. Two moms! The horror.

    Somehow, I got raised, went to school, had friends, dealt with bigotry (though none of my real friends cared that my family was different from theirs), grew up, got a PhD and made a decent living, got married, raised two children (strong liberals both), and am - can you believe it - happy.

    The other side will never understand... And frankly I don't care. Isn't that what Nancy Pelosi said today?

    Good for her for being politic. I would have said "who gives a fuck?"

    Peace.

  •  Children who are old enought to be adults ? (3+ / 0-)
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    Yes , it hurts some of those children .
    Maybe if they grew the Fork up ?

    I saw lots of kids running around today
    not a one of them looked like they were troubled  
    by the news .  

    The standard you walk past is the standard you accept. David Morrison

    by indycam on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 07:54:33 PM PDT

  •  Dear Michele - FU*K you! Go back to your (2+ / 0-)
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    own gay marriage and stop worrying about mine.

    These freaks do not represent anyone except the extreme fringe of American society.

    Radical Activist Homosexual Agenda: 1. Equality 2. See #1

    by skip945 on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 08:18:04 PM PDT

  •  They couldn't be more wrong (3+ / 0-)
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    I recently attended the high school graduation of my first CASA child. In the fall he will head to the University of Oregon where he has been given a merit scholarship.

    We began our saga together when he was 5. Together we navigated the system where he was booted from 4 seperate foster homes in 6 months and was labeled unadoptable.

    He was a smart little boy with a ton of energy and a list of behaviors that freaked out most of the rather conservative people who were hoping for an angel to adopt.

    His last chance before he was sent back to his heroin addicted mother was a Gay couple. It was a bit like a miracle the way they turned him around.

    By 8 he was helping me and his foster parents when new children equally as damaged came into his home.  They laws changed and they were able to adopt him when he was 10.

    There are a dozen such families  with same sex parents in this metro area each raising 2 to 6 of these kids in a loving forever home.

    Without them these kids woul have never had a chance.

    It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

    by PSWaterspirit on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 08:29:55 PM PDT

    •  Yup, this is one of the strongest arguements for (1+ / 0-)
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      marriage equality.  Obviously these bigots have not seen all the research pouring in that children raised in two - parent households, INCLUDING those where both parents are the same gender, are better off psychologically and financially than those raised in single-parent households.

      Providing more two-parent households for children through increased same-sex marriage will only help the future children of our nation, and our society in general.

      "Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it... unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." -The Buddha

      by Brian A on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 05:42:28 AM PDT

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  •  I had 2 straight (4+ / 0-)
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    Parents, but both my brother and I are gay.
    Had 2 dads too, and they both beat the shit out of us.
    We lived with my loving grand parents for 5 yrs in between.
    The before and after pics of us kids really tell the story.
    So those that think kids need a mom and dad can shove it.
    How about single parents for whatever reason?
    Most kids turn out just fine.
    Teaching hate is not a family value, but that is what those who run on family values teach.

    Gitmo is a Concentration Camp. Not a Detention Center. Torture happens at Concentration Camps. Torture happens at Gitmo. How much further will US values fall? Where is YOUR outrage at what the United States does in OUR names?

    by snoopydawg on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 09:25:39 PM PDT

  •  How come Michele can marry a gay guy, & I can't? (1+ / 0-)
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    JBL55

    There are three kinds of stupid: 'Stupid', 'Really Stupid', and 'Stupid-Like-a-Republican'. With sincere apologies to Benjamin Disraeli.

    by MARTinNJ on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 07:15:47 AM PDT

  •  My daughter became retarded after she listened (0+ / 0-)

    to a Michele Bachmann speech.

    There are three kinds of stupid: 'Stupid', 'Really Stupid', and 'Stupid-Like-a-Republican'. With sincere apologies to Benjamin Disraeli.

    by MARTinNJ on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 07:17:16 AM PDT

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