During congressional hearings yesterday on repealing the disgraceful “Defense of Marriage Act,” Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) exposed the false premises of Focus On The Family’s Tom Minnery, who argued that children are better off with opposite-sex parents. Minnery cited a Health and Human Services study, one that he misinterpreted. The study said that children do best in nuclear, two-parent households, but did not specify the parents’ gender. Watch:
Franken: I checked the study out… It actually doesn’t say what you said it says. It says that ‘nuclear families’ not ‘opposite-sex married families’ are associated with those positive outcomes. Isn’t it true, Mr. Minnery, that a married same sex couple that has had or adopted kids would fall under the definition of nuclear family in the study that you cite?
Minnery: I would think that the study when it cites nuclear families would mean a family headed by a husband and wife.
Franken: It doesn’t. The study defines nuclear family as one or more children living with two parents who are married to one another and are each biological or adoptive parents to all the children in the family–and I frankly don’t really know how we can trust the rest of your testimony if you are reading studies these ways.