From the amicus brief of the Family Equality Council:
The voices of children raised by same-sex parents — those who live every day within the family structure at the heart of these lawsuits — are too often unheard in the debates about same-sex couples and marriage. Their stories are too often missing from discussions of "traditional" families or "family values," and their personal experiences too often discounted as irrelevant. Although those who oppose marriage for same-sex couples frequently make assumptions about the quality of the children's family lives, the children themselves are rarely asked to explain what they actually experience.But remember when Dan Quayle was criticized for saying basically the same thing - that kids need two parents.
Boston Herald (Quayle)
It doesn’t help matters when prime-time TV has Murphy Brown, a character who supposedly epitomizes today’s intelligent, highly paid, professional woman, mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another lifestyle choice.Single parenthood was good then. Marriage was not important then. Dems, media, liberals and, feminists pounded that point hard. And here's what happened:
For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage
It used to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal. After steadily rising for five decades, the share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage.So here is a question for any liberal reader. Is marriage a good thing? Is it only a good thing if you are gay? Or is it good for children only if the "parents" are gay?
And secondary to that why is the very word "marriage so important to gays? If a civil union does everything except use the word "marriage", why does that matter?
Does anyone on the left think or do they just feel that this issue is "important" and a matter of "fairness"?