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If you believe arguments set forth by religious conservatives, then you probably also agree that households led by homosexual couples don’t offer good environments for children. In fact, you might have even heard that recent research has provided ample evidence supporting this claim.
Senator Al Franken wants to set the record straight by pointing to the actual study that representatives from Focus on the Family refer to when looking for objective evidence that there claims have merit.
Focus on the Family Can’t Get its Facts Straight
In a congressional hearing about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Senator Franken confronted a representative from Focus on the Family about findings in a study used to support the Defense of Marriage Act. Franken points out that the study claims children living in “their own married biological or adoptive mothers and fathers were generally healthier and happier” than children living in other family types.
When Franken asked the Focus on the Family representative if he believed the study excluded homosexual couples, the rep claimed that he believed the study focused on the benefits offered by heterosexual couples.
What the Study Really Says
Unfortunately for the representative, Franken had actually read the story and knew that the definition of “nuclear family” used in the study did not exclude those led by homosexual couples. The study claimed that children benefitted from any type of nuclear family, including those led by same-sex parents.
As more people in the U.S. become convinced that homosexual couples deserve the same rights as heterosexual couples, the argument used by Focus on the Family continues to lose credence. Now the American people find that the evidence used to support DOMA doesn’t even say what they said it said.
Do you think DOMA has any relevance to protecting the rights of people in America, or does it only limit rights by discriminating against certain families?