Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

In 1964 Bob Dylan wrote the amazing classic tune, “The times they are a changing”. Some of the words went like this:

“The line it is drawn

The curse it is cast

The slow one now

Will later be fast…

Rapidly fadin'

And the first one now

Will later be last

For the times they are a-changin’."

Fifty years after Dylan’s riveting verses, special interest groups’ claims about both the nature and dynamics of marriage are changing more dramatically than any of the social phenomenon of the 60’s. For years, the argument for deeply altering an ancient institution was framed entirely in terms of individual “rights.” We were told homosexuals possessed an inherent right to have their relationships deemed “marriage,” end of story.

Faithfully following this strategy, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) activists steered clear of discussing children and their wellbeing. But recently, there has been a tactical shift by LGBT advocates, who are now choosing to feature select children front and center. According to Reuters, “Lawyers are recruiting same-sex couples who have children [for gay marriage cases], putting interviews with kids as young as seven in court filings, and organizing media events featuring teenagers.”

A growing number of academics suggest that children who grow up in households headed by homosexual couples fare “no worse than children raised by heterosexual couples”. The University of Southern California’s Timothy Biblarz and New York University’s Judith Stacey concluded, “No research supports the widely held conviction that the gender of parents matters for child well-being.” Stacey even went so far as to suggest that homosexual parenting may be superior: “I suspect, for the reasons of selection effects, the children of gay male co-parents will wind up having probably the best parents.” These conclusions were based on their 2010 review of 81 studies.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

Bishop Harry Jackson is chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD, and co-authored, Personal Faith, Public Policy [FrontLine; March 2008] with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.