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Maggie Gallagher’s Latest Insult to Same-Sex Couples

Maggie GallagherPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

NOM continually insists that they are not out to demonize or harm LGBT people. NOM’s leaders continually proclaim they’re simply out to protect “traditional marriage.” And yet, time and again, NOM’s actions and the words of their leadership point to a more insidious mission aimed at adversely impacting the lives of LGBT people.

The latest example came today, when NOM’s Maggie Gallagher showed just how much respect she has for LGBT people. In her column for the National Review, Maggie lashed out against the stability of same-sex couples:

This of course cannot tell us how children fare on average when they are raised by stable same-sex couples, or whether gay marriage will significantly increase stability in same-sex couples. It can tell us why Professor Mark Regnerus’s study turned up so few: They are rare.

This is an insulting and flawed argument. I am one of the many, many LGBT people in a stable, committed same-sex relationship, and my heterosexual parents are currently going through a divorce. People put a great deal of time, commitment, and energy into forming meaningful relationships – regardless of whether they are same-sex or opposite-sex unions. To sweepingly imply that one demographic is more prone to breakups – and to use that claim as a reason to deny an entire community of people basic rights such as marriage and the ability to start a family – is as offensive as it is inaccurate.

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