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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Every Child Deserves a Mother and a Father

Posted by on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 8:15 AM

First, let's check in with the Welsh secretary:

The Welsh secretary, David Jones, has been criticised for claiming that gay couples "clearly" cannot provide a "warm and safe environment" in which to raise children." Jones, who voted against [marriage equality], told ITV Wales's Face to Face programme: "I regard marriage as an institution that has developed over many centuries, essentially for the provision of a warm and safe environment for the upbringing of children, which is clearly something that two same-sex partners can't do."

And... meanwhile in Florida:

A Daytona Beach man is facing a child-neglect charge after police say he left his baby daughter in a cold and unattended car while abusing his wife. Robert Mirsky, 19, and his wife were arguing about his recent weight gain in Ormond Beach about 11:20 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of West Granada Boulevard. Reports show that Mirsky was intoxicated and started to verbally abuse his wife, Ashley Mirsky... The affidavit states that while Ashley Mirsky was driving, Robert Mirsky kicked the steering wheel from the backseat of the car causing the key in the ignition to break and the car to swerve—with his 23-day-old daughter sitting next to him. After almost crashing the car, Mirsky's wife managed to stop, get out and then tried to remove their daughter from the backseat. Mirsky grabbed the child and punched his wife in the face. She ran to a nearby Texaco gas station at 5 S. Yonge St. and tried to call for help but was stopped by Mirsky who grabbed her by the neck and took her phone. The child was left unattended in the car.

In all fairness to the Welsh secretary, I suppose it's possible that Ashley and Robert Mirsky have created a warm and safe environment for their daughter in their home. But in their car? Not so much.


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nocutename 1
Can't make a joke here, Dan. This father is 19 years old. I assume the mother is pretty close in age. What do you want to bet that these two married because she was pregnant, and abortion not an option. (Birth control may not have been much of an option, either, this being Florida).

Thankfully, at 23 days, the baby will not remember this, and hopefully can get into Child Protective Services and--just maybe, if the system works the way it hardly ever does--get a crack at a relatively safe childhood.
Posted by nocutename on February 19, 2013 at 9:16 AM · Report this
Allyn 2
Donation made.

But, hell; I can't red these terrible stories.
Posted by Allyn on February 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM · Report this
Allyn 3
um, "read"
Posted by Allyn on February 19, 2013 at 10:17 AM · Report this
way to connect the dots Danny.......
Posted by ....just curious; What Colour is the Sky in DannyLand? on February 19, 2013 at 10:18 AM · Report this
Geez, the story makes it sound like a SUBZERO car or something. How cold can it be in Florida?

Call me crazy, but it seems like "leaving the baby in a cold car" is trumped here by "almost crashing the car while beating and choking a woman."
Posted by Pope Buck I on February 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 6
It takes a village to raise a child.

Greenwich Village.

B'ding! Fugettaboudit, I'm outta here!!
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on February 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM · Report this
TreGibbs 7
One day, these asshats will realize that generalizing is not only incorrect, but completely asinine and only makes the ones who state such nonsense look like complete fools. David Jones remarks are no different then saying two black parents or two jewish parents are unable to provide a safe and warm environment for children.

That day cannot come soon enough.
Posted by TreGibbs on February 19, 2013 at 10:38 AM · Report this
I would love to see Jones' data for determining that it is impossible for two same sex parents to provide a safe and nurturning environment for their children.

Oh wait ... none exists.
Posted by Patricia Kayden on February 19, 2013 at 11:03 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 9

If one or both of the parents fight CPS, the kid is not going to be adopted. She might be shuffled in and out of foster care throughout childhood, but adoption? No.

Nothing short of raping or nearly killing one's children results in an "easy" severing of parental "rights".
Posted by keshmeshi on February 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM · Report this
wingedkat 10
"Over many centuries", child abuse by straight couples is pretty well documented.
Posted by wingedkat on February 19, 2013 at 3:25 PM · Report this
Sea Otter 11
As I've said here before, pointing out the fact that some straight couples suck at parenting does not constitute a valid argument against the assertion that all gay couples suck at parenting.

I mean, I get that the point is that there's nothing magical about straight coupledom that makes people fit parents, but I don't understand why Dan devotes so many posts to this relatively weak argument.

How about printing some stories about children raised by gay couples who turned into happy, well-adjusted adults? That would be both better ammo against people like Jones, and much less depressing to read.
Posted by Sea Otter on February 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM · Report this

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