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Hate group FRC angry at Republican for co-sponsoring DOMA repeal bill

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

The anti-gay hate group, the Family Research Council, is furious that a Republican in Congress is co-sponsoring a bill which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

On Friday, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) became the first Republican to co-sponsor the legislation that would repeal DOMA and on Monday, the FRC attacked her position, claiming that she is harming children:

Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) has joined the dark side by becoming the first Republican to co-sponsor bills that boost counterfeit marriage while effectively closing down most Christian adoption services.

. . . What the Stark/Ros-Lehtinen bill, (deceptively named “The Every Child Deserves a Family Act”) would do is shutter Christian adoption agencies nationwide, despite the large number of lives these organizations impact. Put in a dramatic but truthful way, supporters of the bill would rather see orphans kept without parents than to see them placed in loving homes with a mother and father!

Of course FRC fails to mention that the problem is that these “Christian adoption agencies” receive tax dollars while specifically barring gays from adopting children — a position having to do more with religious beliefs than with actualities. And it’s not that these agencies are “forced” to close down, it’s that they refuse to function without these tax dollars.

But the most ironic statement with FRC’s attack is the following:

The GOP leadership has done a lot to protect marriage, mostly by appointing a top-notch lawyer to defend DOMA . . .

FRC omits the fact that this “top-notch” lawyer — Paul Clement — has been called to the carpet by Democratic legislators for his use of junk science in defending DOMA.

In all honesty, however, seeing that FRC itself is no slouch when it comes to utilizing junk science, maybe not mentioning that Clement is doing the same is an “innocent oversight.”

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