Family Research Council

Moms Aren't Important to Kids? Go Ask a Kid


Can you imagine what your life would have been like without your mom? It's almost impossible. What if someone could turn back the clock and, without asking your permission, take away your mother. How unjust that would be. How cruel. Yet the same-sex marriage debate is always framed in terms of the "rights" of the adults, and never of the children. The children have no voice in this debate. They don't even seem to count. The Obama Justice Department recently filed a brief with the Supreme Court in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, arguing that the U.S. Constitution does not permit Californians to define marriage inCalifornia as a union between one man and one woman. The lawyers defending theCalifornialaw argue, among other things, that both mothers and fathers are important in the raising of children. The Obama administration disagrees. The Obama lawyers quote the following, from the politically-charged American Psychological Association: "Members of gay and lesbian couples with children have been found to divide the work involved in childcare evenly, and to be satisfied with their relationships with their partners." Well bully for them! How wonderful that they are satisfied! What about the child? Is a daughter of two married men "satisfied" that she will have to go through life without a mother? Is she "satisfied" that she will have to face cuts, bruises, puberty, her first kiss, and her first heart-ache without a mom? As a mom, I find the administration's indifference to the importance of mothers offensive. And on behalf of my daughters, I call it an injustice.
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Cathy Ruse Senior Fellow - Legal Studies

Cathy Ruse has devoted her professional career to promoting the dignity of the human person. Her professional experience spans the fields of communication, public policy, and law. (Full Bio)

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