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S/he Said: Marriage and parenting

By | 2012-01-19T09:00:00-05:00 January 19th, 2012|Opinions|

Compiled by Howard Israel

“(Gay parents) tend to be more motivated, more committed than heterosexual parents on average, because they chose to be parents… Gays and lesbians rarely become parents by accident, compared with an almost 50 percent accidental pregnancy rate among heterosexuals…That translates to greater commitment on average and more involvement.”
-Abbie Goldberg, psychologist at Clark University in Massachusetts who researches gay and lesbian parenting in an article titled “Gay Parents Better Than Straight Parents? What Research Says,” Jan. 16. Goldberg recently published “Lesbian and Gay Parents and Their Children,” which looks at gay parenting from the 1970s to the present and concludes Gay parents and straight parents are pretty much the same in terms of child-rearing, according to a new book.

“(P)ride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman. This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself. The family unit is fundamental for the educational process and for the development both of individuals and States; hence there is a need for policies which promote the family and aid social cohesion and dialogue. It is in the family that we become open to the world and to life and openness to life is a sign of openness to the future.”
-Pope Benedict XVI, in his ‘State of the World’ address to diplomats from nearly 180 countries, quoted in an article titled “Gay marriage a threat to humanity’s future: Pope,” Jan. 09.

“It is my expectation that all the priests and deacons in this Archdiocese will support this venture and cooperate with us in the important efforts that lie ahead. The gravity of this struggle, and the radical consequences of inaction propels me to place a solemn charge upon you all – on your ordination day, you made a promise to promote and defend all that the Church teaches. I call upon that promise in this effort to defend marriage. There ought not be open dissension on this issue. If any have personal reservations, I do not wish that they be shared publicly. If anyone believes in conscience that he cannot cooperate, I want him to contact me directly and I will plan to respond personally.”
-John C. Nienstedt, Catholic Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, in a speech and letter to Minnesota’s priests, in an article titled “Archbishop orders Minnesota priests to support or stay silent on anti-gay-marriage amendment,” Jan. 05. Minnesota’s Catholic hierarchy has come under intense scrutiny the church’s vigorous efforts to pass a constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

“The Archbishop’s letter is problematic in many ways. As a gay man, I find it particularly offensive that he can’t even bring himself to name gay and lesbian people. We’re simply a ‘minority’ seemingly out to destroy the church and civilization. Such an absurd caricature would be funny if not for the hurtful and damaging consequences to individuals, couples and families resulting from the Archbishop’s anti-marriage equality activism.”
-Michael Bayly, editor of the Progressive Catholic Voice, a Minnesota group working for reform within the Catholic church, about a speech and letter by John C. Nienstedt, Catholic Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis to Minnesota’s priests, in an article titled “Archbishop orders Minnesota priests to support or stay silent on anti-gay-marriage amendment,” Jan. 05. Minnesota’s Catholic hierarchy has come under intense scrutiny the church’s vigorous efforts to pass a constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

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