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07/20/2011

DOMA disadvantages are within Minnery's Focus, he just doesn't care

by Jeremy Hooper

At today's DOMA hearing, Tom "Someone who is a practicing homosexual is a non starter for the group" Minnery, a Senior Vice President at Focus on the "homosexuality is a particularly evil lie of Satan" Family, was forced to admit the obvious about the harms DOMA poses to same-sex couples and their families:

LEAHY: Are they not disadvantaged by not having the same financial benefits that an opposite sex family would have?

Screen Shot 2011-07-20 At 11.31.27 AmMINNERY: Well, as I say, not knowing the details of which families you are speaking off, certainly children are better off with parents in the home.

LEAHY: Yes or no, it’s not a trick question — if you have parents legally married under the laws of the state — one set of parents are entitled to certain financial benefits for their children, the other set of parents are denied those same financial benefits for their children…are not those children of the second family, are they not at a disadvantage, yes or no?

MINNERY: That would be yes, as you asked the question narrowly Senator.
Focus On The Family Witness Admits Children Are Disadvantaged By Lack Of Protections For Same-Sex Couples [Think Progress -- LGBT]

It's a "yes" however you ask the question, Mr. Minnery. The problem lies with those who want to define the world narrowly, not the queries of those who push back.

Break

*SEE ALSO: In Al Franken's new career, the comedy can sometimes write itself. Like, for instance, when the senator looks at the way folks like Minnery twist surveys: FRANKEN DESTOYS FOCUS ON THE FAMILY WITNESS, EXPOSES MISUSE OF HHS STUDY [TP]

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