Maggie Gallagher’s Ideal Marriage (2)

Maggie Gallagher

I have never met a gay marriage advocate who can say the ideal for a child is a mother and a father.

–Maggie Gallagher, President of the National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same-sex marriage. She is responding to Keith Boykin during a debate at the National Constitution Center on October 20, 2009. Watch the debate here.


Nick Herbert, MP

There is a huge shortage of people who want to adopt, and I don’t think we should deny the opportunity of children to be brought up in a loving environment, and I think that environment can be offered by a gay couple. But I also wanted to be honest about what I think are ultimately the best arrangements for a child, which is that they should be brought up by a loving mother and a loving father. I happen personally to think that is, ideally, the best arrangement… Having said that, I don’t think it’s proper to stand in the way of a gay couple who may well offer just as good an upbringing for children.

 –Nick Herbert, British Conservative Party politician and Member of Parliament (MP). He was the first gay Conservative MP to be open about his homosexuality when he was initially elected, and he supports same-sex marriage.  Herbert spoke these words during a debate with Maggie Gallagher and Andrew Sullivan at the Cato Institute on February 17, 2010. Watch the debate here. 


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