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Gay Marriage Fallout: Will we become a nation of bastards?

Gay Marriage Fallout: Will we become a nation of bastards?

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Gay “marriage” hijacks the definition of mother and father and turns these words into the gender neutral “parent” in family law. Using the generic “parent” on government documents makes parenthood subjective, assigned by the government rather than a pre-existing biological reality, for all families in society.
Gay “marriage” hijacks the definition of mother and father and turns these words into the gender neutral “parent” in family law. Using the generic “parent” on government documents makes parenthood subjective, assigned by the government rather than a pre-existing biological reality, for all families in society.

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Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse • 663 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road Suite 222 San Marcos CA 92078www.jennifer-roback-morse.com • email: drj@jennifer-roback-morse.com • 760/295-9278
©2007 No part of this document may be reproduced or disseminated in any way without the expressed written consent of theRuth Institute.
Gay Marriage Fallout:Will We Become a Nation of Bastards?
 by Jennifer TheimeThis article was first published atClashDaily on October 9, 2012.Gay “marriage” hijacks the definition of mother and father and turns these words intothe gender neutral “parent” in family law.You may recall that in 2011 the Departmentof State tried to changechildren’s passportapplicationsfrom “mother” and “father” to“Parent 1” and “Parent 2” in a bow to LGBT pressure. Thankfully, conservative outcrywas able to stop this from happening.Using the generic “parent” on governmentdocuments makes parenthood subjective,assigned by the government rather than a pre-existing biological reality,for 
all  families in society
including yours. DougFarrow wrote extensively about this in his book 
 Nation of Bastards
,which discussesthis issue from the Canadian perspective,where they redefined marriage in 2005 toaccommodate gay couples.Given thatCanada removed terms like “natural parent”and replaced them with “legal parent,” histitle makes perfect sense. A gender neutralreading of who counts as a parent is adangerous use of government power becauseit replaces the natural bond with alegal,artificial one for the entire society. I’vedescribed some stories of people it’sharmingherein states where such changeshave already been made.Alot of good people still don’t know thatthese terms must be changed or what itmeans, which is why I’m writing about itover and over.But I am starting to wonder about some leftist/liberal gay activists. I’mwondering what they know about this particular aspect of the gay “marriage”issue, and whether or not they care.Let’sexamine two recent quotes from two wellknown gay activists.The first is from Gary Gates, who is a public policy scholar at the UCLA School of Law.He is also a gay man, with a gay partner. Hedebated Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse onAugust 29, 2012, and here is a small excerptof what he said:If we believe that there is a specificgovernmental interest in making sure thatkids have access to their biological parents,if we say that there is some legitimategovernment purpose, there are plenty of ways for the government to do that withoutrestricting marriage to only different sexcouples. You don’t have to funnel that allthrough marriage –it’s preposterous!Marriage has a meaning in our society thatgoes far beyond children. Marriage is theway that our society understands that acouple made a commitment to each other that is arguably permanent but certainly itoffers a dignity, social acceptance … for thatrelationship. That is what marriage does. If the government and the public believes that
 
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse • 663 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road Suite 222 San Marcos CA 92078www.jennifer-roback-morse.com • email: drj@jennifer-roback-morse.com • 760/295-9278
©2007 No part of this document may be reproduced or disseminated in any way without the expressed written consent of theRuth Institute.
they need to regulate how children haveaccess to their parents, fine, regulate it. It’sridiculous to assume it should all befunneled through this institution of marriage,which has many many more publicmeanings than the relationship of children totheir parents.Mr. Gates prefaces his comments aboutchildren with an
if 
… evidently, he believesattaching children to their parents may or may not be a legitimate function of government. Furthermore, assigning dignityto relationships is a completely necessaryfunction of government far surpassing theneeds of children.Which of these do you think is the moreimportant function of marriage as a public policy? –Attaching children to their parents –Assigning dignity to relationshipsThese functions will not coexist in the law – one will drive out the other. What happenedin Canada may very well happen here. Inother words, recognizing the biologicalattachment of children to their parents
and
having gender neutral language in the lawdid not coexist in Canada and they mostlikely will not coexist here. Next is Dr. John Corvino, professor of  philosophy at Wayne State University. OnSept. 18, 2012 he said in a YouTube video:“Preventing same sex marriage doesn’tmean that more children get mothers andfathers.”I agree. But same sex “marriage” maymeanfewerchildren get mothers andfathers. It may meannochild gets a mother and a father –they all get the gender neutral“parent.”I have no idea how Dr.Corvino wouldrespond to my assertion here, but I bet some people will respond like this:“’Parent’ is just a legal word and still meansthe same thing. It won’t impact actualrelationships.”To which I say two things:1) You do not believe it means the samething. That’s why you want it changed –  because you believe it means somethingdifferent. Answer me this: since it means thesame thing to you, then let’s not change it.It’s the same, right? If it’s the same then itdoesn’t need to be changed.2) “Mother” and “father” do meansomething specific under the law, somethingthat has served our society incredibly wellfor a long time. These terms have servedmarried biological parents, unmarried biological parents, straight biological parents, and gay biological parents, too.These terms ensure that this biologicalconnection will always be privileged.“Parent” does not.Here are the questions we must ask andanswer as a society: –Do children have some other way to beconnected to their biological parents besideshaving the words “mother” and “father” in

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