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So you know how they say children need to grow up with father figures and mother figures for that father shaped hole or that mother shaped hole? I have been thinking, what about gay couples with children? Does that interfere with those shaped holes? Is it okay for the child to have same sex parents?My initial gut response was pretty strong. So I sat back for a while and did something else. I then returned to this new discussion thread and finally wrote a response. I actually did intend to respond less severely, but sometimes the words get away from you. This is how I responded:
I’m sorry, but you really need to drop the whole “father shaped hole” and “mother shaped hole” terminology. I’m sure that it’s my own warped mind, but those phrases scream child sex abuse.Okay. I admit I had a trigger moment. And to be fair, there was actually a bit more to my response that I've clipped from this blog post.
Beyond that, I’m not sure how to respond outside of stating that our kids do just fine. Some are great. Some are bottom-feeders. Some struggle. Some over-achieve. And most find themselves in the middle of the bell-curve along with everyone else.
We’ve been having a discussion about foster care and foster/adopt in another thread. I know a few lesbians who became moms through IVF, but most gay parents I know became parents through foster care and foster-to-adoption. In other words, these families are starting out with barriers that most other families never need to overcome.
I often get asked if Mark & I are depriving our sons because they don’t have a mom...
Nobody ever questions what their “mother figures” and their birth “father figures” failed to provide for our sons and why they no longer live there. But despite over a decade of love, guidance, supervision, stability, discipline, and financial stability, we still get questioned about whether or not we are okay dads because we lack a “mother shaped hole."
Was I too rough? Not rough enough? Should I pull my initial response? Or should I leave it alone? What do you think?