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09/13/2013

NOM finds my family encouraging; seriously!

by Jeremy Hooper

The National Organization For Marriage is cheering this graph:

"Mainstream media would have you believe that the traditional family is no longer “normal.” In fact, just watching television you see shows like “Modern Family” and “The New Normal.” Everywhere you turn media and pop culture push the lie that true marriage and family is becoming extinct. [NOM Blog]
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But what they don't seem to understand is that families like mine are very much part of that 69% number.

My husband and I are soon (like really soon) to adopt. We are also legally married. And yes, I will go ahead and confidently predict that we will be together until we draw our last breath(s). Translation: Our child will grow up with two married parents! So will the fictional kids of the characters on the two shows NOM mentions, at least if cancellation never brought an end to their stories. Just because NOM doesn't consider our two-parent homes to be worthy doesn't change the reality.

NOM is so hellbent on pushing us into the "other" box that they can't see past their own talking points. But the fact of the matter is that my family will not fit into the above graph's "other" box. When the demographer looks at the facts of my home, there will be only one choice of box: the one that NOM finds to be "encouraging news for your Friday."

I both agree and approve!


**Oh, and of course the other obvious point: MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS, NOM! Worthwhile families come in all shapes, sizes, and forms! I don't for a second mean to imply that my "box" is better than anyone else's; neither should NOM.

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