Think Progress LGBT
December 5, 2012


Jennifer Roback Morse of the National Organization for Marriage’s Ruth Institute has been particularly vocal over the past few months, promoting ex-gay therapy and suggesting that young people not have gay friends. In an interview published in Salvo Magazine in September, she was quite candid about the archaic stereotypes about same-sex couples that inform her anti-gay positions...Morse is arguing that any couple that can not biologically reproduce is incapable of monogamy or life commitments to each other, a characteristic that applies to many straight couples as well. This argument neglects both the important legal protections of marriage and the fact that many same-sex couples raise families. For example, marriage inequality creates many unique challenges for LGBT older adults, especially economic and health inequities because of benefits they do not have access to from their partners.