On today’s Meet the Press, Jim DeMint asserted that Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote was the tie-breaker which ultimately struck DOMA down, was “denying dignity” to marriage. DeMint alleged that children do better in homes with one male and one female parent, a charge that it totally unsubstantiated.
He is denying dignity to the millions of Americans who for moral or religious reasons believe that gay marriage is wrong. As you just said, you’ve got 37 states where the people have decided that they want to protect marriage between a man and a woman, because they know that that’s the environment where children can thrive and succeed. I mean that’s been proven. So it’s not about the desires of adults, it’s really about the best environment for children. We’re talking all about politics, but the reason why governments at the state level at the federal level have recognized marriage between a man and woman is because it is better for our country, and it is better for children.
Studies suggest that children do much better in homes with two parents who are part of a loving marriage, but there is nothing to support the claim that those parents can’t be the same gender. In fact, there is evidence to the contrary suggesting that children from same-sex parent households do just as well, if not better, than kids from “traditional” homes.
After DeMint threw out his weak argument, which seems to be the last bastion of anti-marriage equality bigots, Maddow shot back,
Justice Kennedy addressed that issue specifically in his ruling. He says that by denying marriage rights to same-sex couples who have kids, you’re humiliating and demeaning those kids. By denying their families equal protection under the law, by the parents who are raising, them and who love them and who make their family. So we can put it in the interests of children, but I think that cuts both ways. And the ruling cuts against that argument. I mean, gay people exist. There’s nothing we can do in public policy can do to make more of us exist or less of us exist. And you guys for a generation have argued that public policy ought to essentially demean gay people as a way of expressing disapproval of the fact that we exist. But you don’t make any less of us exist. You are just arguing for more discrimination. And more discrimination doesn’t make straight people’s lives any better.
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