Wednesday, January 18, 2006

what the???

A comment on a blog read, "I am an investor in an adoption company that matches lesbian couples with Russian babies.... I feel like I’m doing my part in helping lesbians form a normal family unit."

a normal family unit? the little Russian babe grows up watching mommy A and mommy B smooch?

The dictionary says: Normal
noun. 1. Something normal; the standard:
adjective 1. Conforming with, adhering to, or constituting a norm, standard, pattern, level, or type; typical: normal room temperature; one's normal weight; normal diplomatic relations.

how is a mommy + mommy + baby = normal family unit??? In who's world is that normal? Not mine. Do I want to stop lesbians from adopting? Nope, but don't call it normal. It was ‘Ozzie and Harriet’...not ‘Harriet and Mable’. Has our world changed so much that people are losing a sense of what's right and wrong; what’s a normal family unit vs. ….alternative life choices? Just because someone wants it, does not make it normal.

Please don’t think I’m being a lesbian basher. I’m not. My family unit isn’t normal either. I’m divorced. Twice. My daughter lives in a different state and my young son is getting ready to do the every-other-weekend-with-the-dad thing. That’s not normal. Wanna see what’s normal? Check out Jamie Dawn’s blog. Check out Beck. They're normal. Normal and maybe a bit weird, but still normal American families.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go watch Will and Grace. Gay sitcom humor: Now that’s normal. Sheesh.

What I'd much rather watch is Pleasantville, one of my favorite movies and a great example about understanding that what "was" and what "has always been" changes. Change is normal. Perhaps change is the only thing that's constant and normal...


Jamie Dawn said...

I agree with you that the definition of normal was being really stretched in that comment. Gay couples have the right to live in freedom and without harassment, but they are not the "norm" of our society. They are a minority and therefore out of the norm. I understand what you are trying to say here.

Our family is weird, you are right about that! Me, my hubby and kids are all a tad bit on the crazy side.

Your previous post is so funny!!

Mr. Althouse said...

I saw that comment too somewhere and it did strike me a little odd. I agree that gay and lesbians should be afforded the same rights as anyone else, but I wouldn't try to pass same-sex adoption off as "just one of those everyday, ordinary things." It's not. Perhaps someday there will not be the stigma, discrimination or the resistance there is now. Perhaps someday it will be much more common and therefore "normal." Simply stating it is so does not make it so.

Like your blog, I'll be back.


The Zombieslayer said...

Love gays and lesbians. Believe they should have all the same rights, and anyone who bashes either should be bashed themselves.

That said, the only exception is adoption. I wouldn't want two parents of the same sex. It would be the same.

I can't speak for other people. I'm just speaking for me. I could have a best friend who's a gay or lesbian, I just wouldn't want two of the same sex parents.

Now, if one of my parents came out of the closet, I wouldn't be upset about it at all. I'd be totally cool with it. But I wouldn't want parents of the same sex.

I'm just being honest here.

Gail said...

my neighbors are a gay couple and they have TRIPLETS. They are defying nature big time!

mckay said...

i was a theatre arts major in college and i'm still a part time actress and director, when the project is good enough to entice. my best buddies in college and my through my early 30's were gay. very sad to say most of them have died from aids. i still miss them. a lot.