On the Sunday talk shows this morning, social conservatives came out in force to voice their talking points in the wake of the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling.
One particularly noteworthy exchange was between Meet the Press host Davis Gregory and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), who repeated the false notion that the children of same-sex marriages are at a disadvantage.
In an attempt to justify his introduction of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, Huelskamp resorted to the same debunked research that religious right figures and social conservative politicians have been using for years, suggesting that heterosexual parents provide the ideal environment for raising children. Gregory immediately challenged the congressman to admit that the research he cited is false.
“As Senator DeMint did note, the research is very clear that the ideal way of raising our children should be the issue here, and that’s what we need to focus on in this debate,” Huelskamp declared.
“Wait, but Justice Kennedy speaks to this,” Gregory responded. “There’s also research that indicates that — you know, everyone talks about the interests of children. Children tend to prosper in homes where there is a loving marriage. There is really not evidence to suggest that if you are a same-sex couple or a heterosexual couple that it makes one difference one way or the other.”
Again, Huelskamp cited the debunked research. But Gregory went on to point out that it’s the dynamic of “broken homes” and not same-sex parentage that has the most effect on children.
Watch the exchange on Meet the Press in the video below.