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'Gayby boom': Children of gay couples speak out [barf]
CNN ^ | 06/28/2009 | John Blake

Posted on 06/28/2009 9:38:41 AM PDT by freed0misntfree

CNN -- Jesse Levey is a Republican activist who says he believes in family values, small government and his lesbian mothers' right to marry.

Levey is part of the "gayby boom" generation. The 29-year-old management consultant is the son of a lesbian couple who chose to have a child through artificial insemination. He's their only child.

Critics of same-sex marriage say people such as Levey will grow up shunned and sexually confused. Yet he says he's a "well-adjusted heterosexual" whose upbringing proves that love, not gender, makes a family.

"You can imagine what my parents thought when I was 13 and listening to Rush Limbaugh everyday," Levey says. "But my family had strong family values. I was raised in a loving, caring household that let me be a free thinker."

The modern gay rights movement began 40 years ago June 28 during the Stonewall Riots in New York City. While much of the controversy surrounding gay rights today has centered on same-sex marriage, a battle is brewing over another family issue: Is it bad for children to be raised by gay or lesbian parents.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


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To: TC Rider
Exactly-interesting timing on this article...when the thread title below was running just two days before.

'Duke University official accused of offering son, 5, for sex'

Friday, June 26, 2009 7:57:24 PM · 155 of 174

2nd amendment mama to Republic.

This Duke Univ official was a homosexual man who lived with another homosexual man and they were ALLOWED TO ADOPT CHILDREN...he got his little African American as an INFANT, and a FIVE YRS of age was molesting him ON VIDEO over the internet and invited others to his home or hotels to have their way with this little fellow, too....make ya sick? IT MAKES ME SICK THAT HOMOSEXUALS ARE ALLOWED TO ADOPT.

21 posted on 06/28/2009 10:24:59 AM PDT by Republic (Uhbama-you may be president buddy, but you WORK for us and & LIVE in our HOUSE!)
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To: DecentAmerican

So I understand your point. You are saying that we should accept a perversion of morality and natural order as a normal lifestyle choice based on the deviant exceptions of the normal rule and the seemingly normal exceptions of the deviant rule?


22 posted on 06/28/2009 10:29:21 AM PDT by Jagdgewehr
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To: RegulatorCountry

I don’t personally know any gay male couples who have children, but I know 3 lesbian couples who do. In all 3 families, one of the women stayed home full time to care for the child at least until the child was old enough for for full-day school. That’s a lot better percentage than the hundreds of heterosexual couples I know who are raising children. I think it’s mainly because gay couples don’t have children unless they’re really, thoroughly committed to centering their lives around raising them, while a lot of heterosexual couples have children just because most everybody does it, or they always assumed they would, etc. Sort of like how most high school graduates go to college, whether they really have any serious interest in higher education or not, and many end up focusing on partying during the years they are calling themselves “college students”. Just seems like having children is much less of a huge life decision for most heterosexual couples.


23 posted on 06/28/2009 10:32:38 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Republic

But that sort of criminal-sociopathic behavior is hardly unique to gay parents. Remember that woman in Maine just a couple of weeks ago who was caught running live webcasts of herself sexually assaulting her preschool-aged children (and she had 4, from 18 months to 5 years). There are actually quite a lot of heterosexual parents using their children to make money via porn and/or prostitution — many seem to be doing it to support a drug habit.


24 posted on 06/28/2009 10:36:57 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: freed0misntfree
All of the double fag-parented people in America could sit at the same table in Denny's. This is anecdotal twaddle.


A verbis ad verbera

25 posted on 06/28/2009 10:37:11 AM PDT by Costumed Vigilante (Congress: When a handful of evil morons just isn't enough)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

You’re presuming the exception to prove the rule, again.

Lesbians have a much higher incidence of domestic violence, committing and being victim of crime in general, and substance abuse than women as a whole, statistically speaking.

Why do you have so many homosexual couples in your acquaintance, by the way? Hoping to convert them or something, lol?


26 posted on 06/28/2009 10:39:11 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: GovernmentShrinker
COuld be...I am sure MANY MORE HETEROSEXUALS molest children, for one reason, it is normal to be attracted to the opposite sex so herterosexuality is the norm for the population, and for another reason, heterosexual can actually mate and produce children. Its a numbers game.

Percentage wise, a homoosexual male is something like 70% more likely to molest a little boy or underage boy. WHY? I think because most homosexuals have themselves been molested as children.

27 posted on 06/28/2009 10:41:42 AM PDT by Republic (Uhbama-you may be president buddy, but you WORK for us and & LIVE in our HOUSE!)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

You cite moral failing to rationalize acceptance of moral failing.

Illogical.


28 posted on 06/28/2009 10:43:59 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: DecentAmerican

Don’t let flamers chase you off FR. You’re not alone in thinking the government shouldn’t be running a giant religious-conservative social engineering program, any more than it should be running a giant atheist-leftist social engineering program. Government should be facilitating the free choices of responsible, non-criminal, economically self-sufficient citizens.

As for gay marriage, what we really need is to get government out of marriage altogether. The idea of government regulating and licensing people’s family arrangements should be abhorrent to anyone who values freedom. Government regulation of marriage has an ugly history, including barring marriages (and in former times, simultaneously making sexual relations illegal) in conflict with people’s ethical and/or religious beliefs — the miscegenation laws, and the federal military intervention to stop the 19th century Mormons from practicing polygamy, are two key examples. Another was the state of Ohio refusing to recognize marriages performed by Mormon clergy *before* the practice of polygamy had been introduced, on the grounds that the Mormon religion was not a “legitimate” religion.


29 posted on 06/28/2009 10:47:30 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: RegulatorCountry

Considering that I know hundreds of heterosexual families who are raising children, and only 3 homosexual families, that’s hardly statistically unexpected. I don’t think there’s any objective evidence to support your claim that lesbians have a higher incidence or domestic violence, substance abuse, or being victims or perpetrators of crime than the general population. Domestic violence is overwhelmingly male-in-female, and violence in general is overwhelmingly perpetrated by males.


30 posted on 06/28/2009 10:51:35 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Jagdgewehr

“So I understand your point. You are saying that we should accept a perversion of morality and natural order as a normal lifestyle choice based on the deviant exceptions of the normal rule and the seemingly normal exceptions of the deviant rule?”

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So.....that STRAIGHT father who bit out and ate his little son’s eyeball..... that is not considered a “perversion of morality” or “deviant” to you..... and does that man have any right being a father, and would that child not be better off being raised by a gay couple, who are responsible, loving, working full time?

What I am saying is.... you can’t possibly say that every heterosexual couple is not deviant or perverted as well, and in some cases, more so. Just because you are straight, doesn’t mean that you are moral.

the question is....what is best for children.... a moral gay couple, or an immoral straight couple? And don’t try to say that “moral gay couple” is an oxymoron..... there are lots of good gay people out there.


31 posted on 06/28/2009 10:56:21 AM PDT by DecentAmerican
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To: GovernmentShrinker
Domestic violence is overwhelmingly male-in-female, and violence in general is overwhelmingly perpetrated by males.

Same-sex cohabitants report significantly more intimate partner violence than do opposite-sex cohabitants. Among women, 39.2% of the same-sex cohabitants and 21.7 of the opposite- sex cohabitants reported being raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked by a marital/cohabiting partner at some time in their lifetime.

Patricia Tjaden & Nancy Thoennes, U.S. Dep't of Just., NCJ 181867, Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, at 30 (2000), available at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/pubs-sum/181867.htm

32 posted on 06/28/2009 11:10:07 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Jagdgewehr

Today, Levey sees his parents’ choice not as an expression of rebellion, but as a desire for something that’s actually a conservative virtue — a loving family.

Charles Manson put together a loving family too.


33 posted on 06/28/2009 11:34:34 AM PDT by GrannyAnn
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To: RegulatorCountry

I suspect that’s a reporting difference, not an occurrence difference. Very few lesbians would choose not to report such an incident, whereas a lot of wives and live-in girlfriends of male partners accept domestic violence and let it continue as regular feature of the relationship. Most lesbians are steeped in feminist philosophy, which is very heavy on the unacceptability of domestic violence or any violence. Also, a lesbian is less likely to be financially dependent on her partner, or to have children that she can’t afford to support alone. Many heterosexual women allow domestic violence against them to continue because they don’t know how they would support themselves or their children alone (and their violent partners often encourage this line of thinking).

BTW, I can’t figure out what on earth “stalked by a marital/cohabiting partner” means. How can you be stalked by somebody you’re living with?


34 posted on 06/28/2009 11:36:39 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: GovernmentShrinker
Very few lesbians would choose not to report such an incident

You're certain steeped in the worldview. Have you considered that reporting such a thing would reveal their sexual preference?

Your suspicions do not come close to negating statistical evidence, as much as you might like that to be so.

And, as far as your bizarre inability to figure out how a live-in or spouse can stalk, you're being deliberately obtuse. What is being followed or otherwise monitored while outside the home, if not stalking?

Take the more statistically typical male aggression, combine it with female vindictiveness, and there you go. Lesbians beating the crap out of each other, workplace shootings, murder. Denying it doesn't make it go away.

Now, if Janet Napolitano would just go away, the homeland would be much more secure.

35 posted on 06/28/2009 11:46:48 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: DecentAmerican
Okay. As I anticipated, you completely missed the point of my question. It is an oft used tactic of the left to use anecdotal information to undermine or completely abrogate a social, moral or traditional standard or institution.

So.....that STRAIGHT father who bit out and ate his little son’s eyeball..... that is not considered a “perversion of morality” or “deviant” to you...

Did I make that assertion? Please!

...you can’t possibly say that every heterosexual couple is not deviant or perverted as well,...

Where did I say that? In all of human history, in every society, in every group or subgroup of people from every walk of life, there have been immoral, detestable, evil things perpetrated regardless of laws and moral standards. Why destroy the standard and make exceptions for one deviant lifestyle choice because of examples of decent behavior in a specific circumstance?

And don’t try to say that “moral gay couple” is an oxymoron..... there are lots of good gay people out there.

Ah, and here is where we have issues. So, despite your objections, I will say it if you don't mind. I believe that homosexuality is immoral. It is an utterly deviant lifestyle choice. Period. Regardless how moral they are in other areas of their lives, they are living an utterly immoral lifestyle.

So, do I want my moral standards, standards and institutions that have been successful models of human decency, development and convention actively impugned and dismantled by a minority of immoral people? This is the goal of the gay community and their advocates. Their lifestyle, if accepted as the norm, only leads to further destruction of our society. I refuse to have this shoved down my throat!

36 posted on 06/28/2009 12:11:19 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr
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To: Jagdgewehr

Nope...I didn’t misunderstand your question or your assertion, and I see your point. And no, I am not a lefty.

What I am saying is...... there are PLENTY of children out there who are being raised by straight parents who have no business pro-creating..... these children themselves will grow up to be criminals, liars, wife beaters, hell...they might even be President!

you talk about norms and exceptions. So....what is the norm of a 16 yo pregnant girl? I would say that she is unemployed, on welfare, uneducated, and not exactly sure who the father is. So should we change our perceptions for the norm, or the exception?

I am not talking about changing your moral code. I am saying that those children, or children in foster homes with no future, or orphans.....would be better off living with a gay couple with good jobs and loving homes. Let’s just talk about THOSE children, who have no other place to go....can you honestly say that you would rather have them bounced from foster home to foster home, instead of living a stable life with a gay couple (who has been properly background checked and followed up upon)?

what other solutions do you have for these kids? Please fix our foster care system, no one else has.


37 posted on 06/28/2009 12:38:10 PM PDT by DecentAmerican
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To: Jagdgewehr; DecentAmerican
So I understand your point. You are saying that we should accept a perversion of morality and natural order as a normal lifestyle choice based on the deviant exceptions of the normal rule and the seemingly normal exceptions of the deviant rule?

I think the point DecentAmerican was trying to make (please, correct me if I am wrong) is that, percentages aside, there are straight people who make wonderful parents, straight people who have no business raising children, gay people who have no business raising children, and gay people who might make wonderful parents. Since the point is to ensure that children who need homes get loving and supportive homes, shouldn't we be making these decisions on an individualized, case-by-case basis, determining whether a given prospective adoptive parent would make a good parent, regardless of whether that person is gay or straight?

38 posted on 06/28/2009 12:59:22 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: DecentAmerican
And no, I am not a lefty.

I did not imply you were. I will say that those, conservative or not, who use anecdotal examples or "exceptions to the rule" arguments to impugn traditional family arrangements and champion homosexual arrangements are playing into the hands of those who want to radically redefine moral or the social norms. This is the tactic they use in their arguments and to forward their political and societal agenda.

What I am saying is...... there are PLENTY of children out there who are being raised by straight parents who have no business pro-creating..... these children themselves will grow up to be criminals, liars, wife beaters, hell...they might even be President!

And you think that it would be any different if both parents were homosexuals? How is being raised by homosexuals more advantageous than heterosexual parents? The homosexuals get their way and society's ills are mitigated? You can't convince me of that one.

So....what is the norm of a 16 yo pregnant girl? I would say that she is unemployed, on welfare, uneducated, and not exactly sure who the father is. So should we change our perceptions for the norm, or the exception?

Really? You will have to clue me in on what this has to do with having homosexual parents. Furthermore, you seem to have this proclivity of painting the traditional family in the least favorable picture while lauding the homosexuals. I believe the norm is, more often than not, the 16 year old pregnant girl having support from her family in the midst of these circumstances. Of course, it is easy to be carried away when all you here is the bad stories while the innumerable cases of traditional families go on quietly dealing with these unfortunate circumstances.

I am not talking about changing your moral code.

You don't understand. The homosexuals are!

I am saying that those children, or children in foster homes with no future, or orphans.....would be better off living with a gay couple with good jobs and loving homes. Let’s just talk about THOSE children, who have no other place to go....can you honestly say that you would rather have them bounced from foster home to foster home, instead of living a stable life with a gay couple (who has been properly background checked and followed up upon)?

I don't accept your premise here. Again, you are implying that traditional families are worse for children than the homosexual couple. You can't tell me that there are homosexual couples out there adopting any and all unwanted children out there and mitigating these social ills. They aren't anymore, if at all, than traditional families are.

what other solutions do you have for these kids? Please fix our foster care system, no one else has.

These wonderful parents that you are holding in high esteem here don't seem interested in doing that. They didn't adopt their son....one of them was artificially inseminated.

39 posted on 06/28/2009 2:39:32 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr
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To: GovernmentShrinker
You’re not alone in thinking the government shouldn’t be running a giant religious-conservative social engineering program, any more than it should be running a giant atheist-leftist social engineering program.

As for gay marriage, what we really need is to get government out of marriage altogether. The idea of government regulating and licensing people’s family arrangements should be abhorrent to anyone who values freedom.

Good points.

40 posted on 06/28/2009 11:51:43 PM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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