The headline across the wire services is that Michele Bachmann was confronted by an 8-year old “gay advocate.” The story caught my attention both because Bachmann is always newsworthy and because there is no such thing as an 8-year old advocate for anything. So what really happened can be seen in the video below.
This writer takes a libertarian view on gay rights issues generally. I don’t want the federal government passing laws which either support gay agendas or make it more difficult for gay people to have a fair shake. Issues like gay marriage are best resolved in our states, local communities, churches and families rather than in Congress or our courts. I am consistent in this view, from the Terry Schiavo case to Roe v. Wade.
One caveat which annoys my friends greatly is I do not support adoption by same-sex parents except in compelling situations where the child has no better option. The interests of children should always come first, and they are still best-served in society by having both a mommy and daddy in the home. The traditional and different roles that each bring to a family cannot be realistically duplicated by play-acting the roles.
And unfortunately, beyond shortcomings to the ideal family situation, the children of gay parents will endure some adverse reactions from others, whether it is the neighbor children brought up in a more normal environment, teasing on the playground, and in other socializing situations. It is unfortunately still the case in our society but it is certainly a compelling reason why it is generally the height of arrogance and selfishness for gay couples to adopt children.
What I had not considered until today is that gay parents themselves may also be screwing up their children. Witness the case of 8-year old “Elijah” who waited in line with his gay mom at a Michele Bachmann book signing event in order to make a gay advocacy video for YouTube. The mother fed him a line to say, which he was apparently embarrassed to say because he had to repeat it 3 times. Eventually Michele Bachmann heard him say “My mommy is gay but she does not need fixing.”
I have an 8-year old myself. He is learning how to conduct business as a lemonade stand operator, and he has learned in school that trees are good and some animal species go extinct. That is the extent of social awareness that children of this age possess. The mother of this poor boy Elijah should be ashamed for using a precious, innocent boy as a tool in her gay rights crusade.
Now watch the video and let me know what you think in the comments.