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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Every Child Deserves a Mother and a Father

Posted by on Sat, Apr 5, 2014 at 10:53 AM

The SPLC-designated anti-gay hate group Liberty Counsel released this video yesterday:

Montana Hann deserved better than the mother and father she had:

A man described by a prosecutor as a "serial baby killer" who inflicted fatal injuries on his 10-week-old daughter in Desert Hot Springs less than two years after another of his infant children met a similar fate was sentenced to death today. Jurors convicted 39-year-old Jason Michael Hann in December and recommended he be executed for killing his daughter, Montana, in February 2001. Riverside Superior Court Judge James S. Hawkins upheld their recommendation.... Krissy Lynn Werntz, the baby's 34-year-old mother and Hann's then-girlfriend, is also charged with murder and has a March 17 trial date. Prosecutors said Hann struck Montana in the head, inflicting fatal skull fractures. He wrapped her head in duct tape and her body in trash bags and placed her in a Tupperware container, which was then put in another trash bag and kept inside a trailer for a year at an Arkansas storage unit. When Hann and Werntz stopped making payments, the trailer was auctioned off to an Arkansas man, who discovered the bag in February 2002.

Zachary Dutro-Boggess also deserved better than the mother and father he had:

It took Washington County jurors just over an hour to unanimously convict Jessica Dutro for the shocking death of little Zachary Dutro-Boggess, whom Dutro reportedly thought was gay. Dutro was found guilty on all seven counts, Oregon Live reports: one count of murder, five counts of murder by abuse and one count of second-degree assault. The 25-year-old mom remained stony-faced as the verdict was read in court. She will be sentenced on April 18.

During the trial, prosecutors revealed a Facebook message that Dutro sent to her 24-year-old boyfriend Brian Canady. The mom, using a slur, told Canady that she thought Zachary was going to be gay. “He walks and talks like it. Ugh,” the mom wrote. She then asked Canady to “work on” the boy “big time.” In closing arguments, Johnson argued that the testimony that Zachary’s sister gave was all the jurors needed to find the mom guilty. "They beat up my brother, then he died," the 8-year-old girl told her counselor. "I seen them."

And Brandon Schaible deserved better than the mother and father he had:

A Pennsylvania mother and father who believe in faith-healing were sent to jail Wednesday for causing the death of their young, sick child by refusing to take him to the doctor. It was the second of Herbert and Catherine Schaible’s children to die under their care.... The Schaibles pled no contest to third-degree murder in their eight-month-old son Brandon’s death last year from pneumonia. The Schaibles lost a first child in 2009, a two-year-old who died from pneumonia. They were sentenced to ten years probation for involuntary manslaughter for that death. Part of their probation stated that they must seek medical care if another one of their children became sick.

Don't get me wrong: mothers and fathers can be great. I had a mother and a father and they were awesome parents to all four of their kids. But making sure that parents come with mix-matched sets of genitalia—making it a legal requirement for a couple to become parents (which is what the Liberty Counsel seeks to do)—does not guarantee that children will be safe and loved. Having gay parents, as we've seen here in Seattle, is no guarantee either. Children need loving, fit, qualified, sane, and—speaking from experience here—infinitely patient parents. Fit and loving parents can be gay or straight or bi, single or partnered, rich or poor, liberal or conservative, trans or cis, kinky or vanilla, monogamous or monogamish.

If mix-matched sets of genitals, a.k.a. "natural parents," was all it took, Liberty Counsel, then Montana, Zachary, and Brandon would still be alive. (Liberty Counsel video via Slog tipper Ray.)


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Posted by Pope Peabrain on April 5, 2014 at 11:05 AM · Report this
Thanks, Pope. Dan did that for a bunch of these, but it looks like he forgot this time.

Minor quibble: The boy in the second story, Zachary, was killed by his mother and his mother's boyfriend. His bio dad is not in the picture.
Posted by clashfan on April 5, 2014 at 11:17 AM · Report this
NotSean 3
It's interesting how the focus on genital inventory can be an insult to all who raise children, including we 'straights'. As if, my wife's girly parts are more critical - or have any impact - to my kid's well-being than is my wife's intelligence, wisdom, and determination.
Posted by NotSean on April 5, 2014 at 11:21 AM · Report this
rowan redwing 4
The advertising agent at Liberty Council needs to look up the definition of irony. After advocating that those who are allowed to marry should be regulated, they have the moxie to say, "For Limited Government," at the end.
Posted by rowan redwing on April 5, 2014 at 11:24 AM · Report this
Added Child Haven, Pope -- thanks for the reminder. Will make a donation today.
Posted by Dan Savage on April 5, 2014 at 11:28 AM · Report this
The "natural family" is under attack? Are the gays to blame that half of all first children in the US are now born outside marriage?…
Posted by alanstallion on April 5, 2014 at 5:38 PM · Report this
I think it is time for a campaign that says "Every child deserves a loving parent."
Posted by Tor on April 5, 2014 at 6:51 PM · Report this
@7 I agree with you. Children need at least one loving and caring parent. The Ozzie and Harriet days are gone with two attentive parents with one living at home full time caring for the family. These are republican pipe dreams! The republicans are living in the past on almost every issue that confronts our society today. Birth control, immigration, gay rights, gun control, health coverage to name a few. No party is perfect but if the republicans regain control of any part of Govt. we are in for a lot of trouble.
Posted by longwayhome on April 5, 2014 at 7:50 PM · Report this
@4: Exactly.

@5: "Are the gays to blame that half of all first children in the US are now born outside marriage?" Right - all those gays who, after a night of drunken debauchery, discover they have somehow, miraculously, procreated.
Posted by DAVIDinKENAI on April 5, 2014 at 9:31 PM · Report this
That last story breaks my heart. After pushing myself far too hard at work while concurrently catching a bug a few years ago, I ended up with pneumonia. Even with aggressive medical treatment once I finally admitted to myself how sick I was, it was MISERABLE. I spent two days in the hospital with frequent breathing treatments and lots of pain. Those poor babies suffered very, very badly, and those "parents" deserve far worse than probation and a barely enforced order to actually get care for their kids when they're sick. Like, perhaps, an untreated case of pneumonia. If they ever, once, had to gasp painfully to breathe, it might just change their minds a little.
Posted by Ms. D on April 5, 2014 at 11:19 PM · Report this
sissoucat 11
@7 I agree.

Also with Dan, on the extreme patience required to be a loving-at-all-times parent.
Posted by sissoucat on April 6, 2014 at 5:20 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 12
No reason for the "can be" - mothers and fathers, or same sex parents ARE great. There's no test, no governing commission handing out grades. The good parents don't make the news, the sociopaths and bad apples do.
Marry young, otherwise it's exhausting, and have as many kids as you want. Just because parts of the planet are overpopulated doesn't negate the fact that some societies are not keeping up a 2.5% fertility rate and nobody wants a society with scarcity of hearing children playing outside.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on April 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM · Report this
venomlash 13
@4: Yeah, I was a little WTF about that. They seem to use words without understanding their meaning.

@12: "Marry young, otherwise it's exhausting"
You're actually better off NOT marrying young as you suggest. People who marry young are more likely to end up divorced:…
Posted by venomlash on April 6, 2014 at 10:32 AM · Report this
And of course comments are disabled on the video.
Posted by agony on April 6, 2014 at 1:04 PM · Report this
Knat 15
That was just as creepy and nonsensical as a $cientololgy video.
Posted by Knat on April 6, 2014 at 5:23 PM · Report this
I've just watched the video. Hmm...

It's interesting to see that they have such confidence in their message that they've disabled comments under the video.

I find the last bit - "One man, one woman, for children, for society, for limited government" interesting. So, you want to limit the power that government can have.... and you want the government to have the power to tell us who can and cannot have children. Right.

Oh, and the man sitting at the table with his family at 0:12? Definitely a murderer and probably a paedophile.
Posted by sh1331 on April 6, 2014 at 8:52 PM · Report this
sissoucat 17
@16 : Why, do you know who that man is ?
Posted by sissoucat on April 7, 2014 at 2:00 AM · Report this
I often wonder how single parents feel about this constant drumbeat. So many people divorce due to abuse and addictions, and non-consensual non-monogamy. Just what are these nutcases suggesting? "An abusive two-parent home is better than a single parent home?"
Posted by cookiemom6067 on April 7, 2014 at 6:06 AM · Report this
@17 - He just has that overly-wholesome, wealthy church-leader thing going on. He really is inordinately creepy.

I know I shouldn't judge people on appearances. But if Liberty Counsel is going to judge people on their sexuality, I feel perfectly comfortable in saying that the wholesome-church-leader type looks to me like a murderer and a paedophile.
Posted by sh1331 on April 7, 2014 at 4:48 PM · Report this
@16, 19: Your appearance-based judgment is spot on. He looks kind of like Alec Baldwin, adding to his aura of violence.
Posted by Snarky on May 16, 2014 at 6:32 PM · Report this

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