This morning’s “defending marriage” hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution invited anti-LGBT witnesses Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage and Edward Whelan of the Ethics and Public Policy Center to reinforce stigma against gays and lesbians. Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and subcommittee Chairman Trent Franks (R-AZ) also used the hearing to attack the White House.
Gallagher repeatedly stated that children do better with a mother and a father, despite ample evidence that children of same-sex parents fair just as well, if not better:
GALLAGHER: If, in fact, marriage, as a public and legal institution…is oriented towards protecting children by increasing the likelihood they have a mother and father, then same-sex couples do not fit, and conversely, if same-sex couples fit the definition of marriage, then marriage really is no longer about responsible procreation in the sense.
Meanwhile, Whelan attempted to paint President Obama and the Department of Justice as “pretending” to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) previously and that it’s, in fact, a “scandal” that the DOJ tried to “sabotage” DOMA.
WHELAN: As I document in detail in my testimony, I think one would have to be very naive to think that it’s anything than a stealth strategy of step by step by step, the administration is doing whatever it can to promote same-sex marriage and to induce the courts to adopt that approach.
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Professor Carlos Ball of Rutgers School of Law was also on hand to offer testimony in support of same-sex marriage. Representatives Nadler (D-NY), Conyers (D-MI), Scott (D-VA), and Quigley (D-IL) used much of their time challenging Gallagher and Whelan on their claims.
Complete video of the hearing is available on the Judiciary Committee’s website.