I can debate LGBT rights all day. I can converse about why it’s important to treat everyone equally, I can argue compassion and open mindedness until I am blue in the face and my blood pressure is at a steady boil, but no one’s mind can be changed with only words. The heart is only opened with experience.
I watched this interview between Brooke Baldwin of CNN, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, and Jennifer Chrisler of the Family Equality Council. Jennifer invites Tony to break bread with her partner and their children to hopefully open his heart to the fact that LGBT families are no different than those who oppose same sex marriage. She makes an excellent point that she may not change his mind, but perhaps she might persuade him to tone down the negative media rhetoric. I hadn’t thought about it before, but in our debates, especially in the media, about LGBT marriage and same sex parents, no one ever thinks about how their words will affect the millions of children being raised by gay parents. It can’t be easy for a child with two moms or two dads to listen to adults tell the public that their family is wrong, immoral, indecent, and unworthy of the protections we take for granted.
Just some food for thought in the national discussion on marriage rights.
Camicia Bennett: Founder of The Well Written Woman, Florida Native and cerebral creature, she loves her husband, yoga, red wine, potty humor, swearing superfluously and putting hats on her dog. If given her druthers she’d be surfing the web and writing randomness from someplace sunny and tropical whilst sipping her favorite vino. Oh wait, that’s exactly what she does.You can find her tweetingincessantly or randomly sharing her own brand of slightly pretentious propaganda at her personal blog.