Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Is National Organization for Marriage desperate for money?

In spite of inevitability, I always assumed that there were enough devout Catholics around to keep NOM afloat. These are the folks, like Sean Fieler, who live to be inducted into some obscure Papal chivalric order. Yet here is the pitch du jour:
Let me introduce Melissa, David, Emily and Ella Hunsaker.
They baked and sold 289 loaves of bread (!) to fund their travel all the way from Utah to participate in NOM's March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. along with their two young girls.
Why did they put in so much work to travel across the country?
As David told the BYU student newspaper, the Student Review:
It is the future of America. I want my children to grow up in a society that values and understands that men and women have unique things to bring to the table. Children deserve both a father and mother. It's about what the children deserve.
In Mormon circles, there are a disproportionate number of people with the same name. Mr. Hunsaker is probably this guy:
David Hunsaker graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from BYU and works as an academic advisor and assessment specialist in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences
Perhaps they don't pay this guy enough if he had to bake bread but I digress. The real problem is that he recites the "every child needs a mommy and daddy" routine.

I have yet to understand exactly how marriage equality denies children mommies and daddies any more than heterosexual marriages     or single parents for that matter.  The argument is a red herring. To the extent that children are raised by same-sex parents, all of the research demonstrates that they are as healthy, happy and successful as their peers raised in "traditional" families.

Putting kids in magic underwear? Don't get me started.

If this guy really wanted to make a difference, he would bake bread to feed poor children.

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