Oiy. Clearly President Bush doesn't know where gay babies come from. In his radio address yesterday promoting the discriminatory amendment which would write gays and lesbians out of the United States Consititution, he said "Ages of experience have taught us that the commitment of a husband and a wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society."
Let's review. What do Phyllis Schlafly, Randall Terry, Sens. Arlen Specter and Richard Shelby, former President Ford, and countless other prominent Republicans have in common with Dick and Lynne Cheney? They are parents of gay and lesbian children. And despite some high hopes for the Cheneys during Mary's recent book tour, they have all remained silent this month while their President and their party leadership deem their children unworthy of equality in their relationships.
What is the matter with these parents? My kid scrapes her knee, I hurt for a week. DON'T MESS WITH MY KID. My mother, who admittedly is outraged over almost everything this president does, is fit to be tied over this constitutional battle. Why? Because someone is messing with her kid.
What are these parents afraid of? In fact, what is any Republican afraid of in speaking out against those who are threatened by same-sex relationships? That James Dobson will attack their family values? If Dobson had a gay child would people admire him if he turned his back on that child? No, most people would think he was a cruel and insensitive jerk. I really admire John McCain and John Sununu for opposing the Federal Marriage Amendment even though they do so on the conservative principles of federalism. Yet it would be nice to see a prominent parent oppose this thing based on sheer parental instinct. DON'T MESS WITH MY KID.
Straight people make most of the LGBT people in this world. Sure more of us are having our own kids, but statistics prove that 94% of them will turn out to be heterosexual too. And there are far fewer of us.
So if the radical right, their friends George Bush, Bill Frist and the rest of the Republican leadership are so threatened by the increasing demand that gays and lesbians have for equality, they are just going to have to stop having babies.
Change is inevitable. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Americans are not going to stop seeking equal protection and treatment under the law. It seems obvious that same-sex marriage that is based on a civil government license and not the church is inevitable in this country. And Mr. President, like the many other things that we as parents must accept in order to experience the privledge and joys of parenthood, so must we all accept this. Please go back to work and STOP MESSING WITH OUR KIDS.
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