I came across this comment on one of the NOM blogs:
Letting lesbians adopt and have children is horrible…Having homosexual male couples is even worse. They are always off and having sex with multiple partners rather than being the parent the child needs.
I’d like to ask this of all opponents of marriage equality who are such experts on what same-sex relationships are like:
How many times have you sat down to dinner with a same-sex couple in their own home?
Obviously, this won’t have much impact on the hopeless tool who wrote the comment above. But it’ll highlight his hopeless toolery to anyone else listening, especially if he gets all puffed up and sputtery.
This approach might be even more useful in less hostile environments, the kind where someone protests, “But I have lots of gay friends!”
See, in my field (instructional design), we focus on measurable (and hopefully quantifiable) results. “Friend” is too vague a term for that. Plus, you won’t get far demanding the names of these “friends” and evaluating the claim for yourself.
But the number of dinners eaten in the home of a same-sex couple? That’s data.
Addendum: And if they turn the question around and ask about our own dinner history with opposite-sexers, those of us who spent a good chunk of our childhood in homes with two opposite-sex parents can truthfully answer: “Thousands of times.”