The French see the question of legalizing gay marriage for what it really is- the endorsement of same-sex parenting. This secular nation held one of their largest demonstrations since 1984 today- in opposition to gay marriage. About 340,000 protesters marched at the Eiffel Tower to voice opposition to their president’s proposal to legalize gay marriage and thereby pave the way for gay couples to adopt and employ reproductive technologies.
What were they chanting: “God hates fags?” “Pray the gay away?” “No equal rights for gays?”
No. They chanted, “Daddy. Mommy.”
The marriage debate is not only about an emotional commitment between adults. It is about shaping policy that will affect children. And children need, not just two committed adults, but one who is male and one who is female. And ideally, they’ll be raised by the ones from which they were conceived.
One French sign reads “One father. One mother. It’s obvious.” See, believing that a child is entitled to be raised by her mother and father doesn’t make you homophobic. To advocate that biology should shape public policy isn’t bigotry. It means that you are recognizing the reality of what every child wants- to be known by, and raised by their father and mother for life.
For more on why children need a father and a mother see the five-part post “You’re only against gay marriage because of your religion.”
For more on how gay marriage affects children and policy see “Chapter Next.”