Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Schubert is trying to change the subject in Maine and Minnesota

I sure hope that "our" campaigns are not debating marriage equality based on whether or not gay couples make good parents. We most assuredly do make good parents. However, that has no bearing on marriage equality. Here's the Maine version of the appeal, probably authored by NOM's campaign strategist, Frank Schubert:
A wide range of social science data shows that children do best when raised by their married mother and father. Family structure matters for kids. On average, children who are raised without a mother or a father in the home are more likely to have mental and physical health problems ...
... and from one of those Minnesota Marriage Minutes:
Marriage is more than two adults coming together to form a committed union—marriage is also the most pro-child institution ever created. Simply put, kids deserve a mom and a dad.
So what does this have to do with marriage equality?

In the last go-around in Maine, we permitted Frank Schubert to change the terms of the debate to something irrelevant; Whether or not "gay marriage would be taught in schools." Voters said "maybe" and we lost. The polls indicated that we would win.

This time, Schubert is trying to change the basis of the debate to whether or not children deserve a mother and father. It is as preposterous as posing the question of whether or not children should be the product of sperm and egg. At the risk of being overly repetitive; Regardless of the status of gay marriage the same heterosexual couples are going to unite in the same marriages, crank out the same kids and about half of them are going to sue for the same divorces. Gay couples will continue to adopt children who already have no mother and no father. Same-sex marriage does not create orphans. It is a ludicrous bit of propaganda.

No child is deprived of a mother and father due to marriage equality!

If we allow Schubert to change the conversation, we will be debating the merits of competing studies. We know that the Regnerus study was paid for by the same people who are trying to change the subject. It doesn't really matter. Given conflicting information, voters may once again say "maybe" and we lose.

I have had an email exchange with Joseph Backholm who runs the Washington anti-equality campaign. He cannot answer the question "what does this have to do with same-sex marriage?" Eventually he had to fall back on the original idiotic talking point and wrote:
Gays and lesbians have the freedom to make whatever living arrangements they want, but they don't have the right to redefine marriage for all of us.
Not only does that not answer the question but it is nonsensical. Schubert can only change the subject if we cooperate by indulging him. Let us remember that there does not exist a coherent secular argument that supports the notion that marriage equality affects anyone other than those thus wed. Their real objection to marriage equality is that God will be pissed off. God doesn't get to vote on the matter.

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