The Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing today regarding the Defense of Marriage Act is turning out some promising support for repeal of DOMA.
One small win came just a few hours ago, when Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) refuted a claim by Focus on the Family's Tom Minnery. Minnery had previously cited a study from the Department of Health and Human Services to indicate that children of opposite-sex married couples - biological or adoptive - experienced fewer problems. Minnery used the study to explain that these children were healthier, happier, had better access to health care, were less likely to suffer emotional problems, did better in school, and were better protected from emotional, physical or sexual abuse.
Turns out, the study actually said that these characteristics were true of children in nuclear families, the definition of which includes same-sex married couples, too.
Franken: "I checked the study out, and I'd like to enter it into the record that it actually doesn't say what you said it says. It says that nuclear families - not opposite-sex, married families - are associated with those positive outcomes. Isn't it true, Mr. Minnery, that a married same-sex couple that has had or adopted kids would fall under the definition of a nuclear family in the study that you cite?"
Minnery: "I would think that the study, when it cites nuclear families, would mean a family headed by a husband and wife."
Franken: "It doesn't. The study defines nuclear family as one or more children living with two parents who are married to one another and are each biological or adoptive parents to all of the children in the family. And I frankly don't really know how we can trust the rest of your testimony if you are reading studies these ways."