the fallen

John Edwards’s Love Child Admission: This Is the Institution of Heterosexual Marriage We’re Trying So Hard to Protect?

John Edwards was going to be the next president of the United States of America, if Obama and Clinton didn’t turn out to best him in the primaries. An opponent of same-sex marriage, Edwards was not, however, one of these Bible-thumping Democrats who clung to his faith to defend his stance. Rather, he claimed to believe in states rights, and as such was an opponent of the Defense of Marriage Act (which he claims he would have voted against in 1996, if he was a lawmaker then). Fine. Whatever. But just remember: The thing that opponents of gay marriage defend so widely — the institution of traditional marriage — is a fucking farce.

Since his admission of infidelity, conservative critics have pounced on the one time star Democrat’s moral character. Democratic critics, meanwhile, have focused on the fact that John Edwards is a Grade-A asshole. But now, in an admission to the Today show that he is the father of Rielle Hunter’s daughter Quinn, he’s opened himself up to every charge the National Enquirer accused him of.

Allow us to be clear: This terrible personal matter is not a denunciation of the institution of marriage. Yes, John cheated. Yes, he did it flagrantly. And yes, he fathered a child out of wedlock, while still married to his terminally ill wife Elizabeth. But that doesn’t mean marriage doesn’t work. It doesn’t make marriage any less of a meaningful union between two human beings. It just means that the idea that marriage should be reserved only for heterosexual couples, because it represents something so holy and true, is a debate that is no longer worth having.

Edwards’ full statement:

I am Quinn’s father. I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves. I have been able to spend time with her during the past year and trust that future efforts to show her the love and affection she deserves can be done privately and in peace.

It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me. I have been providing financial support for Quinn and have reached an agreement with her mother to continue providing support in the future.

To all those I have disappointed and hurt these words will never be enough, but I am truly sorry.