families and children. Here’s a compilation of posts and columns
I’ve written on the subject. The right-wing has long tried to own
the argument of “the best interests of children.” They couldn’t be
Prop 8 Hurts Families, about a report from Marriage Equality
USA compiling hundreds of stories, especially from LGBT youth and
the children of LGBT parents, describing over 1,200 specific
instances of how Prop 8 frightened them, promoted bullying in
schools, and caused tensions and resentment among family members
and neighbors, among other harms.
Prop 8: Our Children’s Perspective, on an article that profiles
several teens of LGBT parents about Prop 8.
8: This Is How Bad It Is, with more on the impact of Prop 8 on
LGBT Parents: the Forgotten Voices of Prop. 8, on how LGBT
parents should have been highlighted more in No On 8
Prop 8 Protests and Parenting, on the difficulties of balancing
activism and parenthood.
Why Gay Rights Are Best for Children, which includes Prop 8,
but also takes a broader perspective.
Marriage Equality and the Protection of Children, again,
broader than just Prop 8, but relevant.
You might also want to take a look at HRC’s new Web site, EndtheLies.org, which directly
addresses right-wing lies and distortions used to defeat LGBT
equality measures and allows for grassroots response. The site
launched yesterday with a petition against Ken Starr, who has
argued that Prop 8 should stand because of the state’s role in
protecting the welfare of children.
Finally, don’t forget the Family Equality Council’s own Declare Your Family
Equal video that they put together shortly after Prop 8 passed.
(You can also view it, along with over 60 other videos by, for, and
about LGBT families, at the Mombian YouTube
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