Steve King Says Studies Proving Children Do at Least as Well With Same-Sex Parents Just as Fraudulent as Those That Say Climate Change Is Real
Republican U.S. Congressman Steve King says tax dollars that would be allocated for a President Donald Trump's child care plan should only go to different-sex couples, preferably those who have been united in "holy matrimony." Trump Tuesday night unveiled a plan to increase child care funding by the federal government, one that vastly rewards the wealthy and may rob other safety net programs to do so.
"I want to respect all people but I want to promote the natural family," Rep. King told CNN's Chris Cuomo Wednesday morning. "I think that's the most wholesome thing that we can do," he said on "New Day."
Asked what is "the natural family," King responded, "The natural family is a man and woman joined together hopefully in holy matrimony blessed by God with children." That would leave out same-sex couples entirely, and anyone not married in a religious ceremony.
King, a powerful conservative from Iowa, went on to suggest Americans - and presumably Christians in America - need to start making more babies to ensure Muslims don't overtake America, as conservatives say is happening in Europe. This is a core tenet of the radical religious right, something people like NOM co-founder Maggie Gallagher once promoted, called "Demographic Winter."
"The proposal about supporting mothers and fathers and families and encouraging more babies in this country, that is good," King continued telling Chris Cuomo. "Anything he might do with this, I would encourage him to promote the expansion of families because if we don't have more babies than we have funerals, we're going to end up like Europe. And we'll be in a situation where we're importing a counter culture that may be alien to the values of the American way of life."
Cuomo then noted that studies prove children raised by same-sex parents do at least as well as those raised by different-sex parents.
"We know that what works is loving the kid, giving them the attention, giving them the time," Cuomo told King. "There is no reason to believe that you have to have a man and woman to do that."
"Why not encourage anything that gets a child loved and provided for?" the CNN host added.
Mocking 74 reputable studies that prove children raised by same-sex parents do at least as well as children raised in a "natural family," King said he would "need to look a little further into some of that research."
"You know we got down to the global warming argument," he continued, almost laughing, "and found out there was another side to that equation too," King said.
Of course, King is grotesquely wrong on both fronts. Out of 78 studies on same-sex parenting, 74 prove there's effectively no difference between same-sex parents and different-sex parents. And, as NASA notes, "97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities."
Watch Congressman King's interview on CNN:
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