Anti-gay conservatives are licking their wounds this week after the Supreme Court’s decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, and they’re already trying to regroup by looking back to their churches. The Family Research Council is distributing a church bulletin encouraging Christians to recommit themselves to opposing marriage equality because it will protect children. Unfortunately, the group supposedly dedicated to advancing family chose to lie about children to live up to its “hate group” designation:
Marriage impacts children. Wherever possible, children should be reared in the context of the bond between the two parents whose marital union gave them life. Research shows that when both genders are represented in the parenting role, children have the best opportunity for health, wellbeing, development, and success in life. Every civilization has been built upon the institution of marriage. It is this foundation. The happiness and success of individuals, the welfare and security of children, and the soundness of society, are all largely dependent upon the stability of marriage according to the divine pattern. Regardless of Court rulings, we must stand for marriage.
The only study that has suggested that children do worse with same-sex parents was the fraudulent Regnerus study, which was thoroughly debunked because it didn’t actually study committed intact families. All other research conservatives cite are misapplied “fatherless” studies of single mothers that didn’t study same-sex families at all. Inherent also in this messaging is the anti-equality movement’s bias against straight adoptive families that results from championing biological connections.
As always, the Right completely ignores the children already being raised by same-sex couples, who are doing quite well according to the latest research (and all research that preceded it). Justice Kennedy did not make that mistake, pointing out that DOMA “humiliates tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples” and creates “financial harm” for their families. Of course, FRC’s Tony Perkins doesn’t believe that same-sex couples are “real spouses,” so it’s no surprise he doesn’t believe they have real families either.