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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Marriage is Good for Kids! But, You Know, Not Your Kids

posted by on May 6 at 13:32 PM

So says Jeff Kemp, Seattle’s kinder, gentler anti-gay bigot.

Kemp heads up Families Northwest, a Redmond-based “pro-family” group, and he’s got an op-ed in today’s Seattle Times. (It’s across from some days-old Dowd and Friedman.) Kemp’s piece oozes concern, tosses out some alarming numbers (“With a trillion-dollar cost nationally, everyone is paying the price for fractured families”), throws around some dubious stats (“…similar marriage preparation and mentoring programs have helped to reduce divorce and teen pregnancy by 29 percent”), and promotes marriage intervention models very like ones developed by Families Northwest. It’s just another paid advertisement masquerading as an opinion piece in the Seattle Times.

Kemp’s piece end with this uplifting thought:

The goal to reduce divorce and unwed childbearing rates is not insurmountable. Marriage continues to be the most pro-child institution we have, and knowing now that divorce is hazardous to your wealth, a healthy marriage is truly priceless.

If marriage is pro-child and unwed parents are a bad thing, then Families Northwest should want my child’s parents to marry. If Families Northwest doesn’t want my child’s parents to marry, then Kemp’s group isn’t really pro-child. Kemp and Families Northwest are for some children’s families and against others. And while Kemp may be able to get through an op-ed piece without fuming about The Gays by name, he’s just as bigoted as Redmond-based Rev. Ken Hutcherson.

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Unhappiness or financial ruin....

considering most Americans would choose status (wealth) over being content, I bet the divorce rate would be much higher.

Posted by Non | May 6, 2008 1:41 PM

(if people didn't care so much about the former, @1)

Posted by Non | May 6, 2008 1:42 PM

Does the Seattle Times not require that guest columns be fact-checked?

Posted by Trevor | May 6, 2008 1:42 PM

Shawn Kemp on the other hand ... he has a kid in every NBA city.

Posted by brad | May 6, 2008 1:52 PM

Is Kemp going to run as VP for McCain so he can comment on McCain's Cialis commercials like he did Bob Dole's ads?

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 6, 2008 1:58 PM

I guess this means that Kemp will be supporting "still-married" Obama or Clinton over "I dumped my wife (who raised my kids alone while I was a POW) for a young, attractive mulimillionaire heiress" McCain.

Posted by kk | May 6, 2008 2:03 PM

Dan, maybe the point is NOBODY is supposed to get married. Maybe it's better to have a relationship held togethor by trust, love, compassion etc. rather than insecurity and insurmountable logistics of separation and outright fear.

Posted by OR Matt | May 6, 2008 2:21 PM

What a asshole. But aren't they all?

I came across this news story this morning:

Mildred Loving died today at the age of 68.

"I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richardís and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. Thatís what Loving, and loving, are all about.

Posted by orson | May 6, 2008 2:31 PM

Staying married would not have been good for my kid. And fuck you to anyone who tries to tell me otherwise. Getting divorced was one of the most painful experiences of my life and believe me if I didn't think it was the best outcome for all of us I wouldn't have pursued it.

My son is happy, well adjusted, and has a great relationship with both of his parents. And, since we don't have to live with each other anymore his dad and I have a mostly amicable relationship as well.

Posted by PopTart | May 6, 2008 2:32 PM

Softer rhetoric than Hutch, for sure, but when you see a line like "Too many children are growing up without the benefits of having both a mother and a father in the home" it's pretty obvious that they're both in the same camp when it comes to teh gays.

@7 - That is a great point, and a big part of the reason that I have never been so much as tempted to get married.

Posted by Hernandez | May 6, 2008 2:34 PM

It may be of interest that Jeff Kemp, like Hutch, is a former Seattle Seahawk. He's also the son of former VP candidate Jack Kemp.

Posted by Seth Kolloen | May 6, 2008 2:37 PM

At least Kemp is cuter than Hutch (and probably has better luck when trolling for men on the side, as all the anti-gays do).

Posted by Justy | May 6, 2008 3:03 PM

Dumb question, but how is Hutch Redmond-based when his kid goes to school in Seattle? Does he ship her over to a private school? Or does he live in Seattle and only worship over here?

Posted by JenK | May 6, 2008 3:07 PM

That reminds me...I always thought Antioch Church was in Kirkland, but I've seen the office in Redmond. Turns out they have services in Kirkland, offices in Redmond, and do something else at a school in Kirkland.

I wonder if having the office in Redmond isn't about Hutch's "we're going to take on Microsoft" shtick.

Sunday Worship Service:
Lake Washington High School
12033 NE 80th Street
Kirkland, WA 98033
Get Directions

Antioch Bible Church Office
15135 NE 92nd Street, Ste. 240
Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: (425) 556-5905
Fax: (425) 556-1333
Get Directions

Seventh Day Adventist School
5320 108th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98033
Get Directions

Posted by JenK | May 6, 2008 3:12 PM

More right-wing smoke and mirrors. It's like Adam and Eve roaming the planet with T-Rex. "More tea, Mr. T?" Idiocy parading as truth. Too bad it gets so much print space. It only confuses those less able to do any cognitive reasoning.

Posted by Vince | May 6, 2008 3:43 PM


Hutch's kid goes to school at Mt. Si H.S., located just east of "downtown" Snoqualmie; not Redmond, but definitely NOT Seattle, either.

Posted by COMTE | May 6, 2008 3:56 PM

oh, just let these maroons dribble on. the time will come. it's a generational thing. i know that's cold comfort for those of you who want to get married in your lifetime, but...sigh. women who wanted to vote in 1900 were sol, too.

Posted by ellarosa | May 6, 2008 7:53 PM

@17 is so correct. The anti-gay movement is so dead with the new generation that it would make the heads spin with old school bigots like Hutch and Kemp.

Posted by Gay Seattle | May 6, 2008 8:38 PM

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