Rep. Phil Gingrey Thinks Children Should Take Classes On Traditional Gender Roles

| by Jonathan Wolfe
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Speaking on the Defense of Marriage Act, Georgia Representative Phil Gingrey (R) told members of the House on Tuesday that he thinks children should take classes on traditional gender roles in school to remind them that, in his words, there are some things that fathers do “maybe a little bit better” than mothers.

“You know, maybe part of the problem is we need to go back into the schools at a very early age, maybe at the grade school level, and have a class for the young girls and have a class for the young boys and say, you know, this is what’s important," Gingrey said. "This is what a father does that is maybe a little different, maybe a little bit better than the talents that a mom has in a certain area. And the same thing for the young girls, that, you know, this is what a mom does, and this is what is important from the standpoint of that union which we call marriage."

Gingrey’s speech comes days before the Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. The act prohibits the federal government from giving same-sex couples the same benefits that heterosexual couples receive.

Rep. Gingrey admitted that some may call his stance dated, but he remains adamant in his belief that a family needs a father and a mother in order to raise children successfully.

His statement is nothing we haven’t heard before, of course. For years, GOP officials have used this completely unproven idea to justify their stance against same-sex marriage.

While Gingrey is certainly entitled to his opinion, I hope that he and others who side with him are aware that study, after study, after study disagrees with them. 

Sources: Huffington Post, Wikipedia