The Boston Herald reports on the first same-sex couple to have both parents’ names listed on the birth certificate. In Massachusetts, “under state law, married couples that have a child through artifical insemination are automatically recognized as parents.”
Astoundingly, David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values objects.
First of all, why didn’t David or other marriage movement folks raise a stink about this “could-care-less-about-children” law in the years it existed before same-sex marriage became an issue?
More importantly, it’s obvious that the intent – and the result, in most cases – of such a law would be to benefit children. It clarifies that a child created through artificial insemination is part of the family as a whole, and that both parents are legally responsible for the child’s well-being. It gives a child two parents, instead of just one. What on earth about that implies that the lawmakers don’t care about children?
Finally, it’s obvious that David, like most SSM opponents, is a chicken little (“the society is falling! the society is falling!”). This law doesn’t radically transform the meaning of “parent” to “a married adult in the household”; it applies only in the specific and narrow case of a birth via artificial insemination to an already-married couple. In essence, this law is nothing but an speeded-up adoption law for infertile couples using artificial insemination; far from attacking the family, it supports it.