Central Wisconsin Media Round Up

There's been a lot of conversation about the ban lately in the opinion pages of central Wisconsin newspapers. The Family Research Institute's Lee Webster penned a column, "Gay Couples Incapable of Raising Healthy Children," in the Wausau Daily Herald. In it, he relies on bogus, fringe "science" to argue that voters should support the ban because, he says, gay people make lousy parents.

Steven Lewandowski of Mosinee responds with a letter to the editor reminding readers that all credible social science proves Webster wrong; as Lewandowski notes, the "American Psychological Association has found that 'beliefs that gay and lesbian adults are not fit parents have no empirical foundation.'" And as we've noted before, the APA is joined by every other mainstream, professional organization focusing on children's well being. The Wausau Daily Herald also collects reader responses arguing against Webster's column and asserting that gay people make fine, even exemplary parents. [Note: Unfortunately, the links to these articles are archived after seven days from the publication date.]

On a separate topic, Roxanne Hagadorn of Wausau praises Evangelical Lutheran bishop Peter Rogness for his opposition to the Minessota ban and summarizes an email he sent to ministers:
In an e-mail to ministers of the St. Paul Area Synod ELCA, he stated that some people are drawn into lifelong, intimate relationships with those of the same gender, which should not threaten heterosexual marriage.

"Not a single male/female marriage will be strengthened by the proposed amendment," Rogness wrote. "Nothing in society is made unstable by a gay couple who decides to spend their lives together." Rogness also mentioned that marriage needs "all the bolstering it can get," mentioning couples ill-prepared for marriage, divorce, and the importance of stable families and mature relationships.

"Though the proposed legislation claims to address these concerns, in fact it does no such thing." I pray for the day that we follow the Word and, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (Matthew 7:12)

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At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Keith said...

Have we done any thinking about how that "judge not" argument works with the electorate? Perhaps it is good to enliven Bishop Rogness's liberal Protestant ELCA base, but will it win us any votes?

Conservative Christians have a habit of laughing at that Matthew quote. I happen to believe it quite inspired, but Julaine and her friends are probably shaking their heads.

Still, if our aim is that middle 14% of the electorate who want both to BAN marriage and civil unions and to HAVE civil unions legalized, perhaps the "judge not" argument is quite lucrative.



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