Most of us know that former senator Rick Santorum is against legalizing gay marriage, and he has been known to make some inflammatory remarks about homosexuality. More recently he told students at a college in New England that having gay parents is worse than having parents who are convicts. His rationale is that a father in prison is better than having no father.
Hmmmm… I wonder if he has ever checked the statistics that show that young people are more prone to crime and violence if their father is or was in prison? That is a fact I discovered when doing research for my book on violence in schools, Coping With Weapons and Violence in School and on Your Streets.
If you’d like to read more about what he said, here is an article that has more details. In researching this topic, I also found this comment on a forum that offers another viewpoint. “As the daughter of two lesbian moms, I’m disgusted and offended by the “family values” crowd claiming to want to protect children like me. Note to Rick and his ilk: you’re not helping us. You’re hurting us by making sure that our families are stigmatized and unprotected.”
Whatever your views are on the subject, if we are truly to have separation of church and state, doesn’t it stand to reason that a person’s religious view of homosexuality should not influence legislation?