'Children Need a Mom and a Dad'?

RECEIVED Mon., Nov. 14, 2005

Dear Editor,
    Kelly Shackelford, president of the Free Market Foundation and one of the authors of the heinously discriminatory Proposition 2, gave an interview on election night praising the overwhelming vote in favor of the amendment [“Victory for God – or Bigotry?,” News, Nov. 11]. One of his reasons: "Children need a mom and a dad." In defense of Proposition 2, the Free Market Foundation Web site says that marriage is unique and based upon the complimentary nature of the sexes and provides the best relationship and environment for the raising of children. If marriage between one man and one woman is the only type of marriage that creates such an environment, and if people are so concerned about children being raised within a man-woman marriage, why wasn't I presented with the option on Nov. 8 to vote for or against a constitutional amendment making divorce illegal? Divorce breaks up the utopian household environment in which to raise children, and it's totally legal in Texas. Shouldn't hetero couples who have children and who want to get divorced be required by law to stay married, if only to protect the children? Shouldn't they just count their blessings because the state of Texas allowed them to get married in the first place?
Jennifer Geffken
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