Gay marriage bans are faith flexing its muscles
Last Wednesday President Barack Obama announced, after years of soul searching, that he finally decided gays are human beings after all, and as such they fall in love and should be able to get married. The very same day found me sitting in a living room in Skokie, talking to two women who committed to each other in Vermont and are now raising their four young children.
At the heart of a hot national story! By complete accident. My boss had suggested I write about the hard work that goes into raising children, to run on Mother’s Day.
“Okay,” I said. But how to find the ideal mother? I wanted a big household with lots of small children. Rugrats running rampant. Bless Facebook, the hive intelligence. “Attention Moms!!!!!!” I wrote as my status. “Are you (or do you know) a mother with three, or four (or more) young children?”
Many volunteered. Most had older children, and while older children are a challenge too, they aren’t the whirling, pooping, crying, jam-my-hand-into-the-toaster-if-you-let-me challenge of very young children. Such as the challenge faced by a Skokie mom with 15-month-old triplets and a 3-year-old, volunteered by a friend. Perfect. [More]