Republican Rep. Bill Flores of Texas appeared on the Family Research Council's radio show âWashington Watchâ on April 28 where he tried to link gay marriage to poverty and the Baltimore riots.
Flores and FRC President Tony Perkins had earlier attended a rally against gay marriage outside the U.S. Supreme Court, and they discussed the ramifications of the court possibly legalizing same-sex marriage, noted RightWingWatch.org (video below).
Flores began by saying the crowd of anti-gay marriage supporters were in favor of the rights of traditional marriages and healthy relationships. The legalization of gay marriage would not change those "rights."
Perkins then claimed that the "redefinition of marriage" would somehow "accelerate" the breakdown of heterosexual families and increase social "problems."
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"You're exactly right Tony, if you think about it, let's talk about poverty, for instance. The single largest determinant, the single best indicator of whether or not a child is going to be in poverty or not is whether or not they were raised by a two-parent household or a single parent household, and so the breakdown of the family has contributed to poverty. Look at what is going on in Baltimore today, and you see the issues that are raised there.
"Healthy marriages are the ones between a man and a woman because they can have a healthy family and they can raise children in the way thatâs best for their future, not only socially but psychologically, economically, from a health perspective. There is nothing like traditional marriage that does that for a child. Each of us have a mother and a father and there is no way to get around that."
Perkins claimed "social science is complete" and that children do best with a mom and dad. While the social science in this area is still relatively new, the largest study of this issue contradicts Perkins and Flores.
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A 2014 study by the University of Melbourne in Australia found that children raised by same-sex couples "scored an average of 6 percent higher than the general population on measures of general health and family cohesion," reported ABC.net.au.
Flores claimed a whopping 80 percent of Americans oppose a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage, but a recent poll by Associated Press-GfK found that 48 percent oppose the U.S. Supreme Court doing so.