Robert Stacy McCain has six children, ages five to 19. He has written repeatedly that opposing equal marriage rights for lesbians and gays is a “hill to die on” for social conservatives. I don’t know if any of them are gay. But, then again, neither does he.
Why do social conservatives always forget that at least 12 percent of them HAVE gay children and they are denying equality to THEIR OWN CHILDREN? My 12 percent estimate is based on the estimate that eight percent of any population is lesbian or gay and that those children have two parents, but the two parents may have more than one gay or lesbian child.
Suicide is a leading cause of death for teenagers, especially gay and lesbian teenagers. This does not include the death toll of lesbian and gay teenagers who are thrown out by their parents when their homosexuality is discovered and they die as a result of the complications of homelessness and lack of skills and credentials to get employment that would allow them to live independently.
While Dick and Lynn Cheney support and include their openly lesbian daughter, Mary, and her life partner, and the Bush administration treated Mary and her life partner the same way they would treat a straight married couple, that is NOT how we usually are treated. What happens too often is what Alan Keyes did to his lesbian daughter, Maya. In 2005, after Maya spoke at a Maryland rally about a gay friend who had been thrown out by his parents for being gay and died three years later of starvation, Keyes cut her off financially and evicted her. She was 19. (I haven’t found any recent news of her so I don’t know how she’s doing or whether she was able to attend college.)
So, social conservatives, you may think equal marriage rights is your “hill to die on,” but for quite a lot of you, it is the hill where you have vowed to their faces to kill your gay and lesbian children. The fact that you didn’t know you were condemning your own children to death by your words and actions does not wash their blood from your hands.