On Sunday, just a few days after the Supreme Court overturned DOMA (the law that barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states), Rachel Maddow appeared on Meet the Press to chat about the historic ruling. Maddow (alongside author and academic Michael Eric Dyson) was up against two staunch conservatives who strongly oppose gay marriage: The first, Ralph Reed, is the head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. Jim DeMint is a former Republican Senator from South Carolina (who, on the same segment, said that women “want” to be forced to have ultrasounds before having an abortion).
DeMint threw the first stone by unfoundedly claiming that heterosexual marriage is “better for children.” Interesting statement, Sir. Especially considering the recent Atlantic article which argues that “gay marriage is good for the age-old institution because it’s reinvigorating the union, which has waned in popularity among heterosexual couples.” The author, Liza Mundy, also went on to say that,
Thus implying that children of gay couples actually grow up in a happier, healthier environment. So there. Anyways, Maddow shot back at DeMint, telling him that by denying homosexual couples the right to legally wed is actually “humiliating and demeaning” the children of those couples.
Translation? Sit down, Jim DeMint. The only thing that could have made Maddow’s statement any more apt is if she ended it with a Z-snap.
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