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Maggie Gallagher Lies. Or Forgets. Or Something.

Rob Tisinai

December 9th, 2011

Maggie Gallagher ought to remember that her opponents know how to Google.

Today, over on NOMblog, she offers us this:

I would like to say personally that nothing in any argument I’ve ever made on gay marriage, rests on the idea that same-sex couples harm their own children at any higher rates than any other family form.

Really? How about this, from January 28, 2010, in which Maggie reports on a study about child abuse, a study that didn’t look at same-sex couples:

Question: What kind of family structure best protects children from child abuse?

Answer: Married biological parents. (see page 5-25).

Children living with both their mom and dad united by marriage have one-third the rate of serious child abuse, compared to children in any other family structure.

Here’s my question for Ted [Olsen] and David [Boies] as they strive to prove that Science Says same-sex unions are just like opposite-sex ones, when it comes to children.

Perhaps you are right. Perhaps alone of all the family structures science has ever studied, children living with same-sex couples do just as well as children in intact married families…

But does this study, which is one of hundreds with similar results favoring the natural family give Ted Olson and David Boies pause late at night as they assert the scientific irrationality of respect for the natural family at all I wonder? Ted and David, I’m wondering: not even a little bit?

Here we have Maggie arguing that we should think twice about gay marriage because it’s possible same-sex couples harm their own children at a higher rate married biological parents do — a possibility she admits is completely unsupported by evidence, even as she couches it in terms that make it sound likely.

Now what did she just claim today?

I would like to say personally that nothing in any argument I’ve ever made on gay marriage, rests on the idea that same-sex couples harm their own children at any higher rates than any other family form.

Google, Maggie, Google.

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PLAINTOM
December 9th, 2011 | LINK

I wonder if Maggie has ever heard the words,” Thou shalt not bear false witness.” ?

Blake
December 9th, 2011 | LINK

I miss you Dave Chappelle:

Real Rick James: See, I never just did things just to do them. Come on, what am I gonna do? Just all of a sudden jump up and grind my feet on somebody’s couch like it’s something to do? Come on. I got a little more sense then that.
[pause]
Real Rick James: Yeah, I remember grinding my feet on Eddie’s couch.

Timothy Kincaid
December 9th, 2011 | LINK

Ooopsie. Darn that google.

Hyhybt
December 9th, 2011 | LINK

“I would like to say personally that nothing in any argument I’ve ever made on gay marriage, rests on the idea that same-sex couples harm their own children at any higher rates than any other family form.”

You know, that’s might not be a lie. For example, coming from me, “*I would like to say* that I’m built like Vin Diesel” is a true statement. :) That I am not in fact built like him doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to be, much less that I wouldn’t like to *say* I am.

Ray Harwick
December 9th, 2011 | LINK

Planting the possibility. Low, lower, lowest.

Scott Rose
December 9th, 2011 | LINK

Apart from the fact that Gallagher’s duplicitous statement is documentably a lie, it doesn’t address the issue of NOM inciting to discrimination and violence against gay human beings. She made her post about a link not equating to an endorsement, in reaction to widespread criticism of a NOM blog post attacking all gay parents by saying that Zach Wahls is “the exception that proves the rule.” NOM, which screens comments before posting them to its site, is allowing all kinds of gay-bashing comments to remain up under that post – and the post was offensive and irresponsible enough. Don’t forget that at the anti-gay hate rally NOM sponsored in May in the Bronx, a preacher hollered through a megaphone at a mob of anti-gay bigots that God says that homosexuals are “worthy to death.” Of course if you tried to get Gallagher to reconcile her claim today, that she doesn’t demonize gay parents, with her past statements in which she does exactly that, the sleazebag anti-gay bigot would not even respond to your requests for comments for publication. Or to put that another way, why doesn’t Box Turtle Bulletin ask Gallagher how she explains these past comments demonizing gay parents? maggie@imapp.org

Rob in San Diego
December 9th, 2011 | LINK

Gee I don’t know about that one Maggie, there have been a lot of families in the news over the last 3 months who were opposite sex and either killed their kids, or stuck them in a dog kennel or did some other horrendous thing to them.

John
December 10th, 2011 | LINK

Considering the heterosexual divorce rate, how kids spend at least part of their childhood in a single-parent household? These people should examine their own backyards before spewing crap about others.

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