Arts & Entertainment
By D'Anne Witkowski
Originally printed 10/3/2013 (Issue 2140 - Between The Lines News)
Creep Of The Week
Hey, did you hear that former Ohio attorney general Jim Petro recently became a grandpa? That's nice for him. The end.
At least that's how the story should go, but it doesn't. Why? Because Petro's daughter is a lesbian. And Linda Harvey of Mission: America thinks that God wants her to use this otherwise joyous occasion to call Petro's daughter, and all of the other gay or lesbian parents out there, child abusers who don't love their kids.
And how are gay and lesbian parents abusing their children? Simply by being gay or lesbian.
And don't you go trying any of that "all you need is love" bullshit, either.
"Because if same sex relationships are all about love, why are people bringing a third, unknown party into a relationship to be the 'father' or 'mother' behind the curtain? When this kind of love means you can never conceive a new human with the person you love, isn't this is a big clue that things were never supposed to be this way?"
Harvey seems to be forgetting that there is more to a relationship than meeting some kind of sexual reproduction quotas.
In a particularly nasty move, Harvey claims that since Petro's daughter is not the birth mother, Petro isn't really a grandfather. And his daughter certainly isn't a mother.
"[T]he Petros now have a grandson, and they are publicly cooing as most new grandparents do. Ecstatic or not, the reality is, this baby is actually the Petros' adopted grandchild - no blood relation - because their daughter's partner was the birth mother. The father? At the time of this writing, no one has said. Friend? Sperm donor? Who knows?"
I would add "who cares?" to that list of questions. It certainly isn't any of Harvey's business.
But Harvey is determined to make it her business. She is particularly concerned that the Petros' grandchild is a boy being raised by two women.
She bemoans the lack of an "identifiable father in a boy's life, offering heritage, caretaking, known genetic background, wisdom, financial support, spiritual guidance."
She also claims, "Dadlessness is a significant deficit in a child's life, but to do it deliberately, cavalierly, is close to child abuse. Every child deserves to know mom and dad. Homosexual parenting, deliberately excluding either a mom or dad, does not make sense, child-welfare-wise, and is frankly, cruel."
Is it close to child abuse or is it actually child abuse? Make up your mind, Harvey!
Never mind that reputable studies have proven that having two parents of the same sex does not endanger child welfare. That kind of information isn't useful to Harvey because she clearly shuns any and all data that disrupts her "gay parents are terrible" narrative.