News Round-Up Feb. 8 — Marriage Equality and Family Values Edition: Ellen, JC Penney, Opponents and Teaching Tolerance Early On
What LGBT parenting news we’re reading today:
1. Of all the opponents to marriage equality, Maggie Gallagher “has done more than any American to stop same-sex marriage,” and all because she got pregnant while she was still in college?
2. What do you get when you cross a Maggie Gallagher with Veruca Salt? A 14-year-old Maryland girl who asked her state legislators to vote “no” on gay marriage for her birthday . She argued it’s a choice and kids of queer parents are missing out and how dare some people challenge the definition of the word “marriage” and blah blah blah. We’re going to go out on a limb and say when this girl turns 18, she’ll meet more people, do a 180 and learn some compassion.
3. Ulgh, time for some better news. Schools in Washington, D.C. are making an effort to teach kids about different kinds of families — kids raised by grandparents, kids raised by two dads, two moms, etc. The Washington Post wrote about it and profiled a family where the two moms are black. As Mombian Dana Rudolph notes, it’s not an article about black gay moms, but it’s nice to see the default isn’t necessarily white.
4. Disney star Miley Cyrus was raised a Christian in Tennessee, which is the sort of environment that might lead to anti-same-sex marriage sentiments, but Cyrus, 19, just got a new tattoo to show her support for marriage equality. When fans (?) criticized her, she responded thusly: “When I shared a picture of my tattoo on my Twitter page and said, “All LOVE is equal,” a lot of people mocked me —they said, ‘What happened to you? You used to be a Christian girl!’ And I said, ‘Well, if you were a true Christian, you would have your facts straight. Christianity is about love.’” Preach Miley!
5. JC Penney named ever-lovable Ellen DeGeneres their new spokesperson and One Million Moms, a conservative “pro-family” group, got all in a huff about it. JC Penney rightly stands by their decision to hire DeGeneres and Ellen herself had something to say about One Million Moms on her uber-popular talk show. (Really One Million Moms, taking on Ellen?) Watch her response:
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