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10/19/2011

Audio: Maggie Gallagher identifies herself as a 'solo mother'

by Jeremy Hooper

For years, "culture war" watchers have wondered why "traditional marriage" advocate Maggie Gallagher, despite using her own personal life story in most every stump speech she gives, never mentions husband Raman Srivastav. People have also pondered why she doesn't wear the wedding ring, the most identifiable symbol of her movement. And so on and so forth.

Well this comment, made during the recent St. Thomas Law School debate with Dale Carpenter, is unlikely to quell that discussion:

"Children in remarriages do not do better on average than children raised by solo mothers like myself"

To be fair: It could have been a brain fart, misstatement, or reference to Maggie's decade-long past as a single mother to her first child. But is that really that easy of a mistake for a married mother to make? I mean, if you are raising a youngish child with your spouse of more than a decade, do you really make a point of identifying as a solo unit in order to make your case? About marriage?

It's weird, if nothing else. And exceedingly pertinent, considering the way Maggie has positioned herself as the expert for keeping America's marriage intact.

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*Interestingly, Maggie gave this same "solo mothers" spiel while testifying at a Congressional hearing on DOMA, but that time without the "like myself" addendum.

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