Politics Every Child Deserves a Mother and a Father—Mitt Romney Edition!
posted by June 7 at 14:13 PMon
I occasionally link to news stories about horrifying tales of child abuse perpetrated by heterosexual parents—a mother and a father—because the religious right likes to run around screaming that “every child deserves a mother and a father!” Never mind that each news cycle clearly demonstrates that every child needs fit parents, period, not parents with a matched set of His and Her genitalia.
My “Every Child…” posts to Slog aren’t beloved by all—so gory, such a downer, so depressing. But this “Every Child…” post doesn’t include a horrifying tale of child abuse, so those with delicate sensibilities can read on.
All I want to do in this “Every child…” post is quote CBN—a conservative Christian news service—quoting Mitt Romney…
Mitt Romney has made his support for traditional marriage a major talking point in his bid for the presidency. Constantly you’ll hear him talk about the fact that, “I think every child deserves to have a mother and a father.” He’s also said before that gay marriage is not right on paper or fact.
Needless to say, CBN supports Mitt Romney’s when he parrots their “every child deserves a mother and a father” line. Because every child deserves a mother and a father, every child deserves a mother and a father, every child deserves a mother and a father—yeah, yeah. Tell it to this guy’s kids.
But the CBN story quoting Romney is a slam, actually, and not a wet Baptist tongue slipped up Romney’s tight Mormon asscrack. You see last night in Concord, New Hampshire, an actual lesbian parent—not an abstract argument about lesbian parents, or gay male parents, or what every child “deserves,” but an actual living, breathing, parenting lesbian parent—had the nerve to ask Matt Romney this question:
“I am a gay woman and I have children. Your comment that you just made, it sort of invalidates my family. I wish you could explain to me more, why if we are sending our troops over to fight for liberty and justice for all throughout this country, why not for me? Why not for my family?”
Instead of striding manfully across the stage and slapping the lesbian across her carpet-munching face—the only right thing to do, according to religious conservatives, under the circumstances—Romney said…
“Wonderful, I’m delighted that you have a family and you’re happy with your family. That’s the American way… People can live their lives as they choose and children can be a great source of joy, as you know. And I welcome that. There are other ways to raise kids that’s fine: single moms, grandparents raising kids, gay couples raising kids. That’s the American way, to have people have their freedom of choice.”
Bolds and italics added willy-nilly by yours truly.
Romney’s answer is making heads explode over at CBN, the 700 Club, the American Family Association, Liberty University, et all. Because gay parents aren’t fine with them—and they certainly don’t want same-sex parenting described as “the American way.” The religious right already mistrusts Romney; he used to support gay rights, and abortion rights, and he wears those Mormon underpanties. And if they can’t trust Romney to keep his pandering straight—he was at that event to pander to Christian bigots, not lesbian parents!—how can they trust him at all?