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Bristol Palin Rants About Marriage Equality, Obama and Glee

This morning Bristol Palin, daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, posted on her blog a rant about President Obama’s announcement he supports same-sex marriage.  And while I know not everyone in America will agree with the president on this issue, Ms. Palin’s argument may be one of the most hypocritical things I’ve ever read. 

Bristol references the fact that President Obama consulted his family, including his two daughters, when grappling with the decision to support marriage equality.  The president told the American people during an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts that “Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and, frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.”

Beautiful, right?  Well Bristol didn’t think so.  The former Dancing with the Stars cast member and single mom thinks the president should have told his daughters that their friends are going to be screwed up because they don’t have a mom and a dad.

Said Ms. Palin, “While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads.  In this case, it would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage.  Or that – as great as her friends may be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home.  Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview.”

The truth is families come in all shapes and sizes and the prevailing professional opinion is that a parent’s sexual orientation has nothing to do with his or her ability to be a good parent.  Some kids have two moms, some kids have a mom and a dad, some kids live with just one parent, some kids live with their grandparents, etc. Learn more about our families – and why Bristol Palin is so off-base in her assessment, and take a look at the work HRC is doing to support LGBT parents and families. 

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