by Linda Harvey
Former attorney general of Ohio Jim Petro and his wife have jumped on the “gay marriage” bandwagon because their daughter Corbin got hitched, so the fantasy goes, to another woman in Massachusetts. He joins another prominent Ohio politician, U.S. Senator Ron Portman, in recently discovering human rights our forefathers missed.
Many people don’t believe two females are an authentic marriage, no matter how sincere, but the Petros are fully committed, parentally and politically, to the so-called “freedom to marry,” as Jim said in recent newspaper editorials.
And he’s willing to endorse the effort in Ohio to deconstruct marriage, now named “Why Marriage Matters Ohio” by the Human Rights Campaign affiliate, Equality Ohio, despite the lack of Ohio citizen support in recent polls, and also despite current marriage freedom and equality for people in Ohio. People can marry someone of the opposite sex, a right suddenly discovered by many ex-homosexuals. Same person, different perspective. Homosexual advocacy and the behavior itself are the stumbling blocks, not a lack of justice in Ohio.
Well, the Petros now have a grandson, and they are publicly cooing as most new grandparents do. Ecstatic or not, the reality is, this baby is actually the Petros’ adopted grandchild — no blood relation — because their daughter’s partner was the birth mother. The father? At the time of this writing, no one has said. Friend? Sperm donor? Who knows?
Oh, well, not important. An identifiable father in a boy’s life, offering heritage, caretaking, known genetic background, wisdom, financial support, spiritual guidance? Dispensable, just as mothers are in the minds of two men who decide to be “parents.” Just as children often are in the world of sexual liberals when they are not wanted.
But even when they are convenient, the children and their needs and rights are really not where the story begins and ends. The adults are the central figures in a play about “making me happy according to what I think I want today.” The kids are essentially props to be trotted out, sadly, at events like “pride” parades. Yet at some point, children are not stupid and will figure this out.
No one needs to care who the other parent is, we are told. Asking the question displays immense bigotry.
But will it be bigotry motivating the Petro grandson, who at age six or so will most likely ask that awkward question, “Who is my daddy?” He will see children at school with moms and dads, and despite the best efforts of granddad, he will figure out the “dad” figure is missing, and no one will give him a straight answer, so to speak.
Dadlessness is a significant deficit in a child’s life, but to do it deliberately, cavalierly, is close to child abuse. Every child deserves to know mom and dad. Homosexual parenting, deliberately excluding either a mom or dad, does not make sense, child-welfare-wise, and is frankly, cruel.
We are supposed to buy the fiction that “love is all that matters.” But where’s the love for the child? The structure of mom and dad is a foundation that others only mimic. Yes, it’s a fact that moms and dads today too often do not stay together, but this doesn’t justify same sex marriage or parenting. Just because the Mercedes has a cracked windshield, does not mean we also take a sledge hammer to the hood.
The social revolution does not end at the threshold of the new “gay” household, however. Advocates of homosexuality abound in primary and secondary education, and here’s where they are having a dramatic and virtually unreported impact.
Your children are learning in the classroom that husband or wife, a mom or dad for their children, may be optional in their own futures.While sometimes an opposing viewpoint is allowed, in states where same sex marriage is legalized, the balance disappears. Marriage change puts the “gay” school agenda on steroids.
The insidious thing about same sex marriage is that it quickly becomes a weapon to force cultural change on everyone and to mess with the minds of vulnerable kids as early as possible. Little Logan will learn when he’s seven that some people are born to be “gay” (despite a lack of science supporting this contention), that there’s nothing anyone can do, and when he grows up, he will date and marry a girl or it might be a boy, and he’s not supposed to stress out over the uncertainty of this emotional quicksand.
At age seven, he really dislikes girls, so does that mean he’s “gay”? Logan doesn’t know his future. Experimenting with the formative years like this is a recipe for deeply insecure children at a very basic level. Such insecurities won’t be disclosed by many of them, because they won’t know what “normal” is. They will have been taught that questioning the narrative means you are a hateful, horrible person, a “bully.”
But free-floating guilt and denial of basic reality are the end products of school activism on homosexual “rights.” Using the issue of bullying in school lessons, the ground is sowed with seeds of real and imagined mistreatment of past and future homosexuals. Simply punishing poor conduct of actual bullies isn’t enough for the activists. Only re-education programs suffice so all children will welcome homosexuality.Those who don’t are socially unjust bigots.
This propaganda, using children as guinea pigs, is the rotten fruit of same sex marriage as it has played out in Massachusetts and other parts of the liberal Northeast and West Coast and it may come to Ohio unless voters get wise. The daughters of future quasi-liberal politicians in Ohio and elsewhere will hear in school only one approved opinion, and it’s not one that reveals the harmful truth about homosexual conduct, gender change chaos, and — oh, yes — prospective parenting options.
Because if same sex relationships are all about love, why are people bringing a third, unknown party into a relationship to be the “father” or “mother” behind the curtain? When this kind of love means you can never conceive a new human with the person you love, isn’t this is a big clue that things were never supposed to be this way?
It’s the ancient story. Humans insist on writing adisjointed tale, no matter what it costs us or our precious children. Yet some will nod approvingly and call this “progress.”
Linda Harvey is president of Mission America and hosts a talk show on Salem affiliate WRFD in Columbus, OH. • (1481 views)