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Children Need a Mother and a Father – The Sequel

Same-sex marriage is a bad, bad thing, because children need a mother and a father. We’ve all heard the argument, and we all know it’s stupid. Or at least, we should.

As I’ve pointed out before:

  • Same-sex marriage and same-sex parenting are two completely separate issues; and
  • Even if we accept that the two issues are inextricably linked, if you’re going to start preventing people becoming parents there are plenty of better places to start; and
  • The whole argument crumbles when you look at how the children of same-sex couples actually fare against their heterosexual equivalents.

How anyone can still persist with the “won’t someone think of the children?!” hysteria is beyond me – and yet there are plenty of people who do. If you happen to be one of those people, and you’ve somehow contrived to find my arguments above unconvincing, perhaps you should consider this.

According to your logic, the introduction of same-sex marriage will lead to this:

With Marriage Equality

But if you manage to prevent same-sex marriage, and maintain your bigotry and stereotyping, things will continue to look like this:

Without Marriage Equality

Well that’s interesting. It looks like those poor little babies have been replaced with Harleys and pink poodles. But that’s OK, because they really needed a mother and a father.

Although, when you think about it, a bit of existence would also come in handy.

Category: Asinine, Homophobia, Marriage equality

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2 Responses

  1. Sam says:

    This. Totally. Although, gay women here and I just purchased a motorbike that kinda looks like that beautiful cruiser there.

    Anyway…

    If I hear it taken for granted one more time that a child needs both a mother and a father figure in its life, I’ll scream. It’s one of those statements that’s so often repeated, it’s become truth. That old chestnut is dragged out and dusted off at every opportunity as an argument against lesbian and gay parenting and? It’s complete hogwash.

    Really, why exactly does a child need a role model of each sex? That’s only necessary if you believe a) each sex has specific attributes b) it is good for people to develop sex-specific attributes and c) the only way you can develop attributes is by emulating a parental role model. Since I don’t believe any of these statements, I find the whole concept baffling at best and sexist at worst.

  2. Tim says:

    Aaaaaaaabsolutely, Sam. Nailed it.

    And congrats on the motorbike. Jealous. 🙂

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