Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Holy Toolbox Responds to Gay Marriage in Canada

Hmmmmm...I think there are some parents who are going to be pretty pissed about this statement:

From the Associated Press via MSNBC.com:

The most overlooked and disenfranchised group in the current debate about marriage is that of children," Calgary Bishop Frederick Henry said in a recent statement. "The issue is not whether traditional marriage, as it stands, is a perfect institution, but whether society and especially children are better off with it than without. Families with both mothers and fathers are generally better for children than those with only mothers or only fathers. Biological parents usually protect and provide for their children more effectively than non-biological ones."

Way to twist the data and manipulate word choice, you tool box. That's the best you can do to support your stance against gay marriage? Maybe you and Tom the Troll should get together.

I'm not sure where you're getting your data (the same database that Trollboy gets his, I bet), but here's what I found:

Good Things Come in Threes: Single-Parent Multigenerational Family Structure and Adolescent Adjustment

Father Absence and Youth Incarceration

Family Structure and Child Well-Being: The Significance of Parental Cohabitation

Lesbian mothers, gay fathers, and their children: a review.

Child development and quality of parenting in lesbian families: no psychosocial indications for a-priori withholding of infertility treatment. A systematic review.

Outcomes for children with lesbian or gay parents. A review of studies from 1978 to 2000.


At 11:40 AM, Blogger James said...

"Biological parents usually protect and provide for their children more effectively than non-biological ones."

I'd guess that your citations cover this somewhere, but that anyone would baldly make the above statement without being able to reference something astounds me (it shouldn't, really, I'm likely being naive --- God, but again!) I'm sure he'd reference common sense of something objective like that, but to flaunt this as a reason for not having children cared for by two human beings, regardless of their sexual orientation, floors me. I mean a child is somehow better off with just one adult in their lives, or better yet in foster care vice being in a stable home environment where they're loved and cared for by two responsible adults?

I'm assuming the Bishop in question is Catholic, and this is but one more case of hte church being totally ridiculous. If it wants to make it's case Biblically fine, I won't argue theology, but don't stand there and spout horse manure when it comes to giving kids the best possible opportunity for a good life.


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