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posted by Amelia @ 11:45 PM
"Children do better in homes headed by a married mother and father."That's just a plain statement of fact. Are we supposed to pretend otherwise just because you find it offensive?By the way, the full quotation from the web site is a little more nuanced than your edited version:"In general, children - and adults - do better in homes headed by a married mother and father. That's in general, or on average. There are countless single men and women doing a wonderful job raising children, and their children do very well."
Right, but it still doesn't leave room for gay couples - who are not permitted, in most states, to get married. And it absolutely isn't a statement of fact - the child's wellbeing has much more to do with the degree of conflict and quality of relationship between the parents than whether the parents have a marriage certificate. For example, is it better for people who have a high-conflict relationship to refrain from divorcing for the "sake of the children"?
Commentors elsewhere have suggested that this ad is coming out of abstinence dollars left-over from the last administration. We can only hope!
Children's well being has a lot to do with stability, and marriages are usually more stable than other kinds of relationship. Of course, there are exceptions, but this is a statement about what is probable rather than a statement about what is possible. If you want someone to be successful, it just makes sense to point out to them the course of action that has the highest probability of success.
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