And we have another congressman from Texas spouting inane and self-contradictory things. Rep. Bill Flores says that gay marriage is partly to blame for the riots in Baltimore because the breakup of families leads to poverty. And he’s too clueless to recognize that he’s making an argument for marriage equality.
“A lot of these problems are created by the breakdown of the family, which the redefinition of would only accelerate,” Perkins opined.
“You’re exactly right, Tony,” Flores agreed. “Let’s talk about poverty for instance… The single best indicator of whether or not a child is going to be in poverty or not is whether or not they were raised by a two-parent household or a single-parent household. And so the breakdown of the family has contributed to poverty.”
“You look at what’s going on in Baltimore today, you know, you see issues that are raised there,” the congressman continued. “And healthy marriages are the ones between a man and a woman because they can have a healthy family and they can raise children in the way that’s best for their future, not only socially but psychologically, economically, from a health perspective.”
“There’s just nothing like traditional marriage that does that.”
They’re right that marriage is a huge help for avoiding poverty. Two incomes are more likely to provide financial stability than one. Which is why they should let gay people get married. The children being raised by gay people — hundreds of thousands of them — will be more likely to avoid poverty if they have two parents rather than one.
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