Jennifer Roback Morse of the National Organization for Marriage’s Ruth Institute testified before a legislative committee in Illinois yesterday. According to Morse:
Most importantly, redefining marriage creates structural injustices
against children. To see this, we must ask ourselves: what is the
essential public purpose of marriage, and what is owed to the child?
The essential public purpose of marriage is to attach mothers and
fathers to their children and to one another. And the child is entitled
to a relationship with and care from both of the people who brought him
into being. Therefore, the child has a legitimate interest in the
stability of his parents’ union.
This typifies the utter nonsense and tortured logic that emanates from NOM in their effort to put forward secular arguments for a religious objection. They don’t seem to care very much about the two million children currently being raised by gay people in this country. Morse goes on to suggest that the Regnerus “research” proves that gay people are not good parents when, in fact, Regnerus, by his own admission, interviewed only two people out of almost 3,000 who were raised by a gay couple. That is less than one-tenth of one percent of the study subjects in research that was essentially paid for by NOM to tout a result desired by NOM.
In her testimony, Morse also says:
You may have heard some professional organizations claim that same sex
couples make perfectly fine parents. However, we have
reason to doubt the cheerful optimism that there is no difference
between same sex couples and opposite sex couples as parents. The
claims of the American Psychological Association have been shown to be
based upon studies with seriously flawed methodology.
Of course the APA studies are based on real gay and lesbian couples. The “seriously flawed methodology” is ultimately a conclusion that religious conservatives do not like. The real problem that NOM has is summarized as follows:
- 16% of American citizens live in equal marriage states.
- 0% of American citizens have had their traditional marriages affected by marriage equality.