A while back when former National Organization for Marriage head Maggie Gallagher made a comment actually praising gay parents, I knew it would come back to haunt NOM.
Gallagher made the comment to save NOM from embarrassment because the constant negative comments it and its affiliate – the Ruth Institute – has continued to make about same-sex parenting and most specifically citing the discredited work of junk scientist Paul Cameron.
But if that was her intention, it failed miserably because the Ruth Institute keeps attacking same-sex parenting and now the lgbtq community has Gallagher on record giving a contradictory message.
The latest attack came today. From Equality Matters:
As Equality Matters has noted, the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) anti-gay politics go far beyond the issue of same-sex marriage. The group has been a strong proponent of restricting the rights of gays and lesbians to raise their own children — arguing against adoption and non-discrimination efforts while promoting damaging myths about same-sex parents.Last Friday, Jennifer Morse — president of NOM’s Ruth Institute — continued this trend in a blog post titled “Two Moms: the triumph of the Will over Nature.”In her post, Morse lamented the stories of two lesbian couples who gave birth to their children with the help of sperm donors, writing:According to data from around the world, lesbian couples are the least stable type of couple. What happens when the partnership breaks down? [...]One of the women donated the egg. The other had it implanted in her womb, and carried it to term. So, they are both mothers and both have custody rights. The child’s father was an anonymous sperm donor. He is completely out of the picture. No one cares about him. No one cares that this poor little girl will never know her father. [...]The courts are trying to do the impossible: create justice out of an intrinsically unjust situation. [emphasis added]
I would like to say personally that nothing in any argument I’ve ever made on gay marriage, rests on the idea that same-sex couples harm their own children at any higher rates than any other family form. (If there is data that shows this, I’ve never seen it.)