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Raven-Symoné Asked Rick Santorum About LGBT Parents Raising Kids

by Alexandra Temblador October 01, 2015

By Alex Temblador
Rick Santorum on the view

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum stopped by The View on Wednesday and co-host Raven-Symoné had some questions concerning gay marriage and LGBT parenting for him.

She began by saying, “Not speaking for but being a part of the gay and transgender community, why can we not have equal marriage rights, in your opinion?”

Santorum’s responded by saying that the purpose of marriage was to “encourage men and women to come together to form permanent bonds for the benefit of each other.” He then goes on to say that there is a greater purpose of marriage: “to bring men and women together so when they have children, there’s a permanent bond by which those children can be raised by their natural mother and natural father.”

Following that, Santorum explained that the gay marriage ruling contended that marriage has nothing to do with children and now we will not  “have a society encouraging the behavior that is in the best interest of children and the future of society.”

Of course, this did not sit well with Raven who then said, “I don’t understand why you feel like people in the gay and transgender community can’t raise a very beautiful, smart, and intelligent child just like a man and a woman, when sometimes, coming from a heterosexual family, there’s a lot more fighting, there’s a lot more stuff going on.”

“I don’t understand why you feel like that community can’t give and provide for that child just as well as a straight couple can.”

Santorum then surprisingly conceded that same-sex and trans parents can be good parents. “I’m not saying that a same-sex couple can’t have a very positive and nurturing environment,” he said.

But of course, Santorum lost us when he soon followed with:

“But the natural mother and natural father of that child is what historically, and I think sociologically we look at today, is in the best interest of that child to be raised by their natural mother and natural father. It’s in the best interest of their parents to raise them.”

The problem with Rick Santorum’s argument is that “historically” and “sociologically” people (and politicians) used to contend that it was in the best interest of a child to be raised by parents that were of the same race and not two parents that were of different races. Historically, many parents were of the same race, until the family structure evolved and anti-miscegenation laws were repealed. Even though “parents of the same race was in the best interest of a child” was at one-time a widely held belief, Santorum would not argue such a thing today.

Historically, there have been people that have said it was in the best interest of a child to be raised by two parents and not just one. However, it is clear that such a “historical” statement is untrue. Or at least we can assume it’s untrue since Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Michael Phelps, Halle Berry, Jay-Z, Eddie Murphy, Stephen Colbert, and John Lennon have all done pretty well for themselves after being raised by a single parent.

The problem with Rick Santorum’s responses to Raven-Symoné on The View, is that it is false. There have been numerous studies done that have found that being raised in a same-sex parent household or by transgender parents bears no difference on a child than having been raised by heterosexual parents.

But he was right about one thing, it is in the best interest of children for their “parents to raise them.” “Parents” is a gender-neutral term and it is not directly connected to biology (because I’m sure Rick wouldn’t call an adoptive mother, “not a parent”). So, yes, Rick, you’re right, children are best raised by their parents, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The rest of your argument—is “historically” untrue and is best left in the past.

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