The idea that every child needs a mother and a father in order to be properly raised is belied by thousands of years of reality. Historically, women have raised children on their own, through no fault of their own, but because their husbands fought in wars, warred in bars, or were killed by bears, leaving wives raising the children for long periods of time if not permanently. Conversely, men raised children on their own before modern medicine, when the main cause of death for a woman was childbirth. If one parent of one sex can do this, how much better would two parents be, whatever their sexes?
Regarding the child testifying about the benefits of being raised by a mother and a father ("It's Not Over," Feature, Feb. 29), her testimony no more supports the benefits of heterosexual parenting than an abused child's testimony against a mother and father proves that heterosexual parenting is bad. A fact that is mysteriously ignored in the debate over homosexual parenting is sex itself. Those so opposed to homosexuality should get their minds out of the gutter and their noses out of someone else's business, and leave the children or potential children to loving people alone.
If they really want to help children, use their prodigious effort and energy to actually do that. Here's some suggestions: abused children; children of addicts; children with no health insurance; children of those paid less than a living wage; children of foreclosures; abandoned children; children of deportees; children without proper food, shelter, and education; disabled children; children with chronic or terminal diseases; children of war; children of famine. And let each of us remember that somewhere in our individual ancestry there is no doubt some group of people that persecuted our lineage for some reason or another. Stop being that person.