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Rep. Phil Gingrey Calls for Classes to Teach Children Gender Roles

As we wait in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s decisions on two historic marriage equality cases, just yesterday we were reminded of the many anti-LGBT elected officials that continue to stand in the path toward equality.  

From the House floor Georgia Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey defended the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, rolling out an antiquated and sexist argument that the law reinforces so-called traditional gender roles.

"You know, maybe part of the problem is we need to go back into the schools at a very early age, maybe at the grade school level, and have a class for the young girls and have a class for the young boys and say, you know, this is what’s important," said Gingrey. "This is what a father does that is maybe a little different, maybe a little bit better than the talents that a mom has in a certain area. And the same thing for the young girls, that, you know, this is what a mom does, and this is what is important from the standpoint of that union which we call marriage."

Over 20 years of social science research debunks Gingrey’s premise that successful marriages depend upon strictly defined gender rolls, as well as the prejudice that same-sex couples cannot parent as well as heterosexual couples. On the contrary, it is DOMA that threatens the dignity and stability of same-sex headed households by depriving families of critical protections in taxation, healthcare, parenting, social safety net programs and many other areas.

The Supreme Court will soon rule on the constitutionality of section 3 of DOMA. Stay tuned to www.hrc.org/SupremeCourt for breaking news and analysis.

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