Why marriage equality matters
By Jonathan Capehart
In a post for the New York Times’s Campaign Stops blog, Kenji Yoshino zeroed in on an aspect of President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage that hasn’t gotten nearly enough attention: the affirmation of gay men and lesbians as parents. And there are plenty of them. According to an October 2011 report from the Center for American Progress, Movement Advancement Project and the Family Equality Council, about 2 million children are being raised in households headed by same-sex parents. Unfortunately, because of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, those families are being short changed by the same federal government they pay taxes to.
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