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Obama Drops His Family Friendly Mask 

By Ken Blackwell · Mar. 6, 2013

Just four years ago, candidate Barack Obama said he believed that marriage was between a man and a woman. “And God is in the mix.” Who moved?

Say what you will about President Barack Obama's policies, millions of Americans voted for the man in no small part because his family represents a much yearned-for ideal. How much happier Americans would be if all our children lived in a stable, loving, married family with a mom and a dad – like the Obama family. Many writers expressed the hope that having these real-life Huxtables in the White House would turn around many devastating pathologies in America's cities – and in our rural areas, too.

But that was then. Last week, President Obama dropped the family friendly mask. He sent his Solicitor General, Donald Verrilli up the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court with a simple message:

Dump Dads. Lose Moms.

That's because the Solicitor General speaks for the President. In the most august and formal way, it is this officer who carries the President's deepest convictions to lay them before the nation's High Court. What the Solicitor General actually said was this:

“As an initial matter, no sound basis exists for concluding that same-sex couples who have committed to marriage are anything other than fully capable of responsible parenting and child-rearing. To the contrary, many leading medical, psychological, and social-welfare organizations have issued policy statements opposing restrictions on gay and lesbian parenting based on their conclusion, supported by numerous scientific studies, that children raised by gay and lesbian parents are as likely to be well adjusted as children raised by heterosexual parents.”

“The weight of the scientific literature strongly supports the view that same-sex parents are just as capable as opposite-sex parents.”

Actually, the weight of scientific evidence proves no such thing. All the work of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (www.marri.org) shows that children do best in a family where mother and dad are married and where the family worships regularly.

As for children raised by two adults of the same sex, the most extensive study ever done was that of Dr. Mark Regnerus. Dr. Regnerus of the University of Texas conducted the largest, most rigorously controlled study in history. Here's what the U.T. study found:

The results of the NFSS [National Family Structures Study]research revealed that the “no differences” claim – the claim that children raised by parents in gay or lesbian relationships fared no worse and in some cases better than children raised by intact biological parents – was not true. On the contrary, the children of these households, on average, did worse than children raised by their biological, still-married parents.

The weight of scientific evidence – as opposed to Donald Verrilli's politically correct posturing – shows that his statements before the High Court are “not true. Remember, we are talking about the well-being of the children, not whether the adults in these relationships are well-satisfied with their domestic arrangements.

People around the world are amazed at the casual way some Americans are ready to dispense with mothers and fathers. In France, for example, a young pro-marriage spokesman joined the nearly 800,000 impassioned defenders of marriage who turned out in Paris on Jan. 13th. This young spokesman – Xavier Bongibault – said "everyone needs a mother and a father. It's only natural.” It is natural. And this young demonstrator is gay.

He understands what the Obama administration refuses to acknowledge: Children need their mothers and fathers. It is their natural right. We can go as far back as 1790 and Edmund Burke and the French Revolution to see confirmation of this. The Rights of Man, wrote the great Irish philosopher and parliamentary leader, include the right to “the inheritance of our parents and the consolations of religion.”

The Obama administration is casting all that away. President Obama promised to “fundamentally transform America.” Few then realized he meant it. Abolishing marriage is what he is doing. Not changing. Not expanding. More than re-defining marriage, he is abolishing it.

Pat Moynihan was a liberal, but a sensible liberal. His was a voice crying in the wilderness when he expressed his alarm for the black family when the out-of-wedlock birthrate rose to 24%. That was 1965. Now, the out-of-wedlock birthrate for the entire country is 42%. Moynihan was right.

“What's the use of being Irish,” Pat Moynihan said when President Kennedy was killed, “if you don't know the world will break your heart.” Now, we are all Irish. The world is breaking our hearts. And President Obama is breaking our hearths.

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24 Comments

wjm in Colorado said:

The man has hid behind his mask of lies from the start of his carreer. Everything about him is a lie. He is a destroyer, an immoral and abberant piece of filth worthy only of a cell at Guantanamo Bay Cuba, followed by an eternity with his minions in Hell.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 9:36 AM

rippedchef in sc replied:

I worry about wjm,he keeps all that emotion and harsh feelings for Obama bottled up.Perhaps if he could find an outlet and blow off a little steam........

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:27 PM

wjm in Colorado replied:

That is why I moved to the county and have a shooting range. It really is a soothing pastime. Do you have anying but harsh feelings for Obamao?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:34 PM

rippedchef in sc replied:

Sorry bro-it was intended as sarcasm,I meant no disrespect.You say whay many of us think.I simply am too cautious to post the things you do as I have 4 kids(18-3) and a wife to protect.I'll do it when the time comes but I'd hate to bring something down on myself and I think Obama and the rest of his useful idiots are just waiting for an excuse to use a drone on one of us.I apologize,I'll keep my comments on subject in the future

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Torp44 in Ione, Wa. said:

I notice that no liberals post here. Very refreshing!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 12:10 PM

wjm in Colorado replied:

They have tried, and been exposed as idiots, liars, and traitors.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 2:53 PM

rippedchef in sc replied:

hard to post here for a libtard-we'll tolerate no whining,not allowed to start a sentence with "I feel...",we have a full understanding of freedom,liberty and personal responsibility and a general reverance and appreciation for those who have gone before us and the sacrafices they've made.So,it's quite clear no libtards can survive here

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 3:49 PM

a.mcewen in columbia,sc replied:

you may want to check farther down. Us liberals don't like to generally get into personal wars with other commentators. We like to talk about the subject at hand, i.e. the column.

Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 12:14 AM

smartkitty in california said:

I totally, totally agree, Mr. Blackwell.

As a high-schooler, I hear a lot of my liberal classmates whine and moan about the state of our country, but they fail to pinpoint the true source of our problems.

Though, I believe Obama lost his "family friendly mask" when he said that he wanted abortion in the country because he didn't "want his girls to be burdened with a child". Ugh.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 6:00 PM

yaki534 in Omak, WA replied:

Ya know, I;ve heard that several times. Does Obama consider himself as being burdened with his children? It would so seem.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Jane Keem in Orange Park, Fl said:

Things are not always what they seem/look like. Anyone can put on a great front

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 8:27 PM

HP in Kalispell, MT said:

The zero is gay. Look at the younger pics of him and his boyfriends. No pics of him with girls. No cheating, womanizing, clintonizing, nothing. He loves vacation time away from Moochell. The marriage and the kids are a front. His whore mother and drunken skirt-chasing father had no use for him. His formative years in the madrasah didn't expose him to females. He is gay.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Perhaps O'Zilla has an evil spirit, or several. The satanic influence, in his sad life was profound, The manifesto, Frank M. Davis, Jeremiah (krazed preacher) Wright, Fred Engels, Hugo Chavez(the late), and Billy Ayers(mad bomber).Easter,---glorious Easter, when Christ was resurrected from the dead-"Oh grave where is thy sting, oh death, where is thy VICTORY?"1Cor15:55.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 6:45 AM

a.mcewen in columbia,sc said:

Dear Mr. Blackwell, the American Sociological Association recently condemned Mr. Regenerus' study, as I am sure you are aware of. Since this group has a better handle on matters such as that, it is illegitimate that you would cite the study as valid.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Bob Marshall in South Carolina said:

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 6:40 PM

David in the O.C. said:

"Marriage and Religion Research Institute (www.marri.org) shows that children do best in a family where mother and dad are married and where the family worships regularly."

Those studies compare broken straight families to intact straight families. Of course the intact family is going to be better off.
For the record, procreation has never been a legal requirement to getting married. Ever. None of Rush Limbaugh's FOUR marriages resulted in children. The last two (adulterous) marriages of Newt Gingrich were also childless. It might be wise to stop using hypothetical children against gay citizens, when you don't use those same children against non-procreative straight couples. Either apply your chosen ideology fairly, or don't use it at all.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Sterling Ericsson in Texas said:

Mr. Blackwell, I believe you need to recheck the evidence that you're presenting.

Your use of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute doesn't seem to exactly be a neutral source in regards to scientific evidence. And if you look on page 21 of Obama's brief ( http://cnsnews.com/sites/default/files/documents/HOLLINGSWORTH%20V%20PERRY-DOJ%20BRIEF.pdf ), you'll find that he perfectly cited his sources, which include the American Academy of Pediatrics ( http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/109/2/339.full ) and the American Psychological Association ( http://www.apa.org/about/policy/parenting.aspx ).

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Sterling Ericsson in Texas said:

Furthermore, the Regnerus study has long since been debunked. And the American Sociological Association submitted a brief to the case ( http://www.asanet.org/documents/ASA/pdfs/12-144_307_Amicus_%20%28C_%20Gottlieb%29_ASA_Same-Sex_Marriage.pdf ) stating specifically that.

So I would say the scientific evidence is actually against you.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 7:53 PM

J in CA said:

It's pretty impressive that Mr Blackwell seems to know better than the American Psychological Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association and the National Association of Social Workers.

I don't think he knows how science works either - using a study which has been refuted as biased and unscientific as evidence is not very clever and certainly fails to make his point. In fact, actual studies prove the opposite - "Remember, we are talking about the well-being of the children" and they are doing just fine in families with homosexual parents.

Just because you use big words when you lie, doesn't mean you aren't lying.

Friday, March 8, 2013 at 4:32 AM

Pauliji in Boston said:

Mr. Blackwell is a fraud and a liar. He's got no medical credentials. No eductional credentials in psychology, sociology, anthropology or social work. And yet he offers opinions on subjects of which he knows nothing. Well, the most widely respected organizations in all of these fields have all come down in opposition to any discrimination against gay people, including in marriage or parenting. In addition, they have all denounce the Regnerus study for it's flawed methodology, erroneous conclusions, and obvious cherry picking of data. Case in point: Mr. Regnerus did not include any gay couples in his study. And yet he pretends to reach conclusions about their parenting ability. Is that really how the conservative media wishes to operate? Through deception and lies?

Friday, March 8, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Robert Tisinai in Los Angeles said:

The Regnerus study did not isolate and report outcomes for kids raised by same-sex parents. Anyone who claims the tells us anything about same-sex parenting is misusing the data (and that includes Regenerus!)

Friday, March 8, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Christopher in Portland said:

The Regnerus study did *not* look at children raised by married same-sex parents. It did not look at children raised by un-married same-sex parents.

The Regnerus study says *nothing* about same-sex parenting.

Why are you lying? Why does the Family Research Council *continue* to push this falsehood? What does it say about your stance on the issue when you cling to things that are demonstrably false?

Friday, March 8, 2013 at 1:41 PM