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DOJ to Supreme Court: Children don’t need mothers

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Justice says kids don’t need mom? Photo credit www.candygibbs.com
In an appellate legal brief it filed with the U.S. Supreme Court last week, the Justice Department came up with what has to be the dumbest statement of the week: It argued that children neither have a need for nor a right to — mothers.

The White House ordered the Justice Department to enter the fray in a dispute now pending in the high court — Hollingsworth vs. Perry. The case came about as a result of California’s constitutional provision affirming that marriage is limited to one man and one woman. It was voted in as a that state’s Proposition 8, a ballot initiative in 2008.

The Justice Department’s amicus curiae brief reads in part the following according to CNSNews.com:

The [California] Voter Guide arguably offered a distinct but related child-rearing justification for Proposition 8: “the best situation for a child is to be raised by a married mother and father.”

As an initial matter, no sound basis exists for concluding that same-sex couples who have committed to marriage are anything other than fully capable of responsible parenting and child-rearing. To the contrary, many leading medical, psychological, and social-welfare organizations have issued policy statements opposing restrictions on gay and lesbian parenting based on their conclusion, supported by numerous scientific studies, that children raised by gay and lesbian parents are as likely to be well adjusted as children raised by heterosexual parents.

The weight of the scientific literature strongly supports the view that same-sex parents are just as capable as opposite-sex parents,” says the administration.

This marks a complete about-face for President Obama since the time he originally ran for the presidency. In 2008, he supported the traditional view of marriage — that it was an act performed between one man and one woman.

In February of 2011, the White House instructed the Justice Department to no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

The president’s 2011 decision was unusual in that it’s generally the Justice Department’s function to defend federal law.

With the Hollingsworth case, the Obama administration is now taking an active role in seeking to redefine marriage.

Growing up, the phrase we often heard was that something was “as American as mom, apple pie and baseball.”

In recent years, football has taken over as the all-American sport, and nanny-staters like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and first lady Michelle Obama want to severely limit our apple pie intake. Now, it seems, the White House wants to do away with mom.

Read more at CNSNews.

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