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Because no child has ever been raised by a same-sex couple

Filed By Ed Team | April 11, 2010 7:00 AM | comments

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Tags: Mike Huckabee

"You don't go ahead and accommodate every behavioral pattern that is against the ideal. That would be like saying, well, there are a lot of people who like to use drugs, so let's go ahead and accommodate those who want who use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, so we should accommodate them.[...]

I think this is not about trying to create statements for people who want to change the basic fundamental definitions of family. And always we should act in the best interest of the children, not in the seeming interest of the adults.

Children are not puppies. This is not a time to see if we can experiment and find out, how does this work?"

--Mike Huckabee


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Orlando Papi | April 11, 2010 10:03 AM

The cases that have brought this all to the forefront are of FAMILIES that have proven that they are good parents and there already exists stacks of testimony by family, friends, school officials, and social services that it IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD to allow the family to adopt their children. So, this is not an experiment with children-as-puppies. This is NOT an experiment with incest, or polygamy, or any other "non-normal" family structure, the current cases are factually based requests by well-functioning established families.

The cases that have brought this all to the forefront are of FAMILIES that have proven that they are good parents and there already exists stacks of testimony by family, friends, school officials, and social services that it IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD to allow the family to adopt their children. So, this is not an experiment with children-as-puppies. This is NOT an experiment with incest, or polygamy, or any other "non-normal" family structure, the current cases are factually based requests by well-functioning established families.

I love how people running this argument always announce that "now is not the time" for such experimentation. Even if we were to accept the premise that queer equality measures are social experimentation, why is it so obvious, compelling and reasonable to conclude that now isn't the best time to experiment? At least when we're taking about the military, there's an articulated reason "now is not the time" (we're currently involved in resource-draining wars), but when it comes to a system in which hundreds of children age out of the system every year without ever finding a permanent legal family, when exactly would it be the appropriate time to try something new?

I'm glad Huckabee doesn't believe children are puppies. After all, Huckabee's son hanged a stray dog at Boy Scout camp.

Gotta love family values.