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12/05/2013

NOM now half-step away from watching people have sex, making sure intercourse is proper and procreative

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 At 3.05.17 PmModamily is a new website where people can match with folks who wish to become or to help others become parents. Everyone who uses the site chooses to do so on his or her own volition, and each individual knows what he or she is getting into when he or she signs up. One goes to the site because it is a site that matches one's wishes.

But leave it to the National Organization For Marriage to police not only our ring fingers but also our gametes. In a new post where they equate the whole process to making a new version of pizza, NOM (in words attributed to prez Brian Brown) is attacking this new social media concept simply because NOM staffers don't care to use it.

A snip:

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 At 2.51.13 PmTellingly, this is how Modamily answers a frequently-asked-question about its clientele make-up:

--Single men and women, gay or straight, wanting to co-parent

--Gay male couples wishing to find an egg donor for a surrogacy arrangement, or a known donor who will also be involved in the child's life

--Lesbian couples looking for a sperm donor — this may be an anonymous or known sperm donor who could be part of their child's life

--Men wishing to donate their sperm

--Women wishing to donate their eggs

--Women wishing to be surrogates

--Men and Women looking for medical and legal information on how to become co-parents

This makes it crystal clear: Modamily isn't about helping those who have trouble conceiving become parents, even if perhaps through unconventional means.

No. Modamily is about changing the very notion and identity of parenthood.

FULL: Can You Make a Better Pizza? NOM Marriage News [NOM]

No, actually it's about helping people become parents. Just because NOM doesn't accept that the notion and identity of parenthood can, in fact, expand beyond a married man and woman doesn't change the reality of our known world.

Since my husband and I became parents—together with our daughter from her first breath of life, the only people to ever feed, soothe, or provide for any of her basic needs—these kinds of attacks have taken on a disgusting new weight. I know, without discussion or debate, that the act of parenting is defined by something other than marriage (which we are), number of parents (we happen to be a committed duo), gender (we happen to be men), or whether or not your ability to produce ejaculate spurred the child's creation. Parenting is a loving bond. It's a dedication greater than oneself. It's an indescribable connection—a willingness to lay down your own life for the well-being of a person who you've only known for months, weeks, or even seconds. Regardless of the form or structure, these are the characteristics that bind parents together.

NOM is determined to convince the world that gender, number, and choice to enter into a marriage is what makes or breaks a family. It's a lie—a shameful fallacy. NOM's is a dangerous deception that gives a pass to many bad parents and, if left to extend to its myopic end, would deny opportunity to many great ones.

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