Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Why California’s Three-Parent Law Was Inevitable


Volume 7, Issue 35

September 18th, 2012

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Circle of Experts Member Dr. Robert Gagnon

Robert A. J. Gagnon, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He has a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of "The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics," co-author with Dan O. Via of "Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views," and author of a number of articles in scholarly journals and of major entries in encyclopedias on subjects relating to the Bible and early Christianity. His website is

Paul & Homosexuality

Dr. Robert Gagnon, professor and exegete extraordinaire on the New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, spoke at our ITAF conference. His second talk is called "Paul and Homosexuality." (His first talk, "Jesus and Marriage," is also available.) Click the POD icon.

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If you give a mom a muffin, she'll want a cup of coffee to go with it. So she'll pour herself some. The coffee will get spilled by her three year old. She'll wipe it up.
Wiping up the floor, she will find dirty socks. She'll remember she has to do laundry.
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Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to plan supper for tonight... Keep reading.

Why California's Three-Parent Law Was Inevitable

A California bill allowing children to have three legal parents will not help children, but instead will unnecessarily complicate their lives. The supposed need for California's SB 1476 flowed directly from the drive to normalize same sex parenting and recognize same sex unions.

by Jennifer Roback Morse,Ph.D.

This article was first published September 10, 2012, at

Can a child have three parents? If California State Senator Mark Leno has his way, children in California will be able to have three legal parents. Before we dismiss SB 1476 as another example of California Weird, we had best look into it more closely. After all, the bill has passed both houses of the California Assembly and is awaiting Governor Brown's signature or veto.

I believe this development was inevitable, more inevitable in fact than the much-vaunted inevitability of gay marriage. Once we started trying to normalize parenting by same-sex couples and redefine marriage to remove the dual-gender requirement, we had to end up with triple-parenting.

A deeper look at the whole picture surrounding SB 1476 reveals that not only should the three-parent law fail, same-sex "marriage" should fail as well. As we will see, embedded in this bill is an appalling power-grab by the state, and a grotesque misrepresentation of the facts by the bill's authors.
Why Normalizing Same-Sex Parenting Inevitably Led to Triple-Parenting

Let us state an obvious fact: a same-sex couple cannot have a child unless someone gives them one, or part of one, namely either an egg or a sperm. If two women, for instance, decide they want to have a baby, they must still involve a man in the process. They can use some form of artificial reproductive technology with sperm from a man who is unknown to them. Or, they can find an accommodating friend to have sex with one of them, or to donate his sperm.

The question is this: how is the same-sex couple going to manage the relationship with this third party? In some cases, the women do not want any relationship with the father. Our government will give them this. Through the legal institution of anonymous sperm donation, the government agrees perpetually to separate a mother and a father from a legal relationship with each other.

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We are replacing the natural pre-political concept of biological parenthood with an artificial, government-created concept of parenthood that is entirely socially constructed. (From this week's main article.)


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September 19--A Closer Look with Sheila Liaugminas and Scott Biggs, a student from Eastern Kentucky University, on Relevant Radio Network, 6-7:00 PM Eastern Time

September 23--San Marcos, CA, St. Mark's Parish for a double screening of the film "October Baby" at 4:15 and 6:15. Free drinks and snacks! Come early to get a good seat! This event is sponsored by the Ruth Institute and the Knights of Columbus. It is free and open to the public. There will be raffle drawings for copies of the DVD!

September 24--Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo on  Ave Maria Radio Network, 6:39-6:57 AM Pacific Time

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