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Obama’s DOJ: Children Do Not Need, And Have No Right To, Mothers

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The Obama Justice Department is arguing in the United States Supreme Court that children do not need mothers.

The Justice Department’s argument on the superfluity of motherhood is presented in a brief the Obama administration filed in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, which challenges the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that amended California’s Constitution to say that marriage involves only one man and one woman.

The Justice Department presented its conclusions about parenthood in rebutting an argument made by proponents of Proposition 8 that the traditional two-parent family, led by both a mother and a father, was the ideal place, determined even by nature itself, to raise a child.

The Obama administration argues this is not true. It argues that children need neither a father nor a mother and that having two fathers or two mothers is just as good as having one of each.

“The [California] Voter Guide arguably offered a distinct but related child-rearing justification for Proposition 8: ‘the best situation for a child is to be raised by a married mother and father,’” said the administration’s brief submitted to the court by Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr.

“As an initial matter, no sound basis exists for concluding that same-sex couples who have committed to marriage are anything other than fully capable of responsible parenting and child-rearing,” the Department of Justice told the court. “To the contrary, many leading medical, psychological, and social-welfare organizations have issued policy statements opposing restrictions on gay and lesbian parenting based on their conclusion, supported by numerous scientific studies, that children raised by gay and lesbian parents are as likely to be well adjusted as children raised by heterosexual parents.”

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    Spark People has many gay and lesbian members, many of whom are raising children.

    The quotation cited here does not say that "children don't need mothers".

    It says something else. What children need are good parents.

    In Canada, same sex marriage has been legal for about 8 years. It's not generally considered controversial. Many children are being successfully nurtured by same sex parents. Many children are being unsuccessfully nurtured in "traditional" heterosexual-parent families, or by single mothers.
    1871 days ago
  • TLG71567
    I think what they're saying is that having a married pair of heterosexual parents does not guarantee that they are going to be good parents. Likewise having gay, lesbian or by-sexual parents doesn't mean they're going to be bad parents. I think what is important is being wanted and loved by the parents that are raising you. If a child is raised by loving people that are committed to each other, have strong values, treat each other and the child with respect and dignity, and teach the child to do the same, then they are a very fortunate child indeed.
    1871 days ago
    Makes me want to scream. The best I can do is pray.
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    1871 days ago
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