Thirteen Health and Human Services employees quit a diversity committee after state officials barred a lesbian speaker from a planned event.
Becky Gillespie had been invited to discuss her experience raising two children with her lover. Unfortunately, officials weren’t down with her lesbianic insight. Reacting to the news, Gillespie said,
Because my partner isn’t male, my family doesn’t count. It isn’t a family. [I was going to speak] so they could be a little more aware when they’re discussing their own issues with their own children, so we could stop perpetuating bias and prejudice.
An HHS official, meanwhile, say the committee’s meant to address “cultural diversity,” according to Omaha’s KETV: “We followed the federal protected classes. Sexual orientation is not a federally protected class.” The official, however, would like to discuss the matter further.
The brouhaha happens to coincide with a Canadian report saying lesbians have no child-rearing disadvantage. In fact, children may benefit from having two mommies:
A few studies suggest that children with two lesbian mothers may have marginally better social competence than children in ‘traditional nuclear’ families, even fewer studies show the opposite, and most studies fail to find any differences.
Someone send that along to James Dobson…