Congressman Accused of Saying Gay Households Are Not Healthy Environments for Children to Grow Up In
U.S. Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) visited a New Jersey high school and told students gay people shouldn’t be allowed to adopt. Rep. Smith, a 19-term lawmaker first elected to the House of Representatives in 1980, also suggested orphanages are preferable for children than same-sex parents, as The Washington Blade first reported Wednesday.
During a recorded exchange with the high school students, Hannah Valdes, a senior at Colts Neck High School, can be heard telling Rep. Smith that her sister and her sister’s partner are considering adoption. Smith begins his response by acknowledging that legally it’s a “moot” issue, since the Supreme Court has ruled same-sex couples have the right to marry.
But Valdes in the audio (below), presses Smith, apparently based on remarks he had made earlier. He can be heard suggesting that different-sex couples should have priority over same-sex couples.
“I do believe that there are many others who would like to adopt who can acquire a child,” Smith tells the student. He adds, “the waiting periods are extremely long,” suggesting that same-sex parents would be taking children away from different-sex parents, forcing them to wait longer to adopt.
Another student then challenges Smith, asking what makes different-sex parents “more legitimate” than same-sex parents.
Smith, who holds an extremely anti-gay record, pivots at that points, admitting that he believes orphanages are better for children than same-sex parents.
“Well you know, in my opinion a child needs every possibility of –” he stops, then adds, “you mentioned, somebody mentioned orphanages before. I mean, orphanages are a possibility for some kids,” he told the students.
The Blade spoke with Valdes, who says, “Rep. Smith responded by saying that he does not approve of gay adoption because gay households are not healthy environments for children to grow up in.”
“He then stated that ‘numerous household studies’ show that children that have heterosexual parents have better lives than children that have homosexual parents.”
Smith’s claim is entirely false. No reputable study shows that children raised by different-sex parents do better as adults than children raised by same-sex parents. In fact, Cornell and Columbia Universities both have collected dozens upon dozens of studies that show there is no discernible difference.
Valdes also says that a school administrator cut the Q&A with Rep. Smith short after it was clear the students would try to ask him other questions about LGBT people. The audio was recorded in May.
“After I asked my question and challenged him, an administrator cut in to change the topic,” Valdes told the Blade. “Rep. Smith started to discuss a recent project he was working on, but the auditorium was already filled with tension, and most of the audience was already talking about what Rep. Smith had just said. More students began to raise their hands, and the administration quickly realized that their students would likely be asking more questions regarding LGBT rights. Instead of taking further questions, the assembly was promptly ended and all of us were sent back to class.”
Valdes, the Blade adds, “said Smith exhibited ‘prejudice and homophobic views’ that ‘were offensive,’ and the entire student body of Colts Neck High School was ‘in shock that someone had come to our school with these opinions.'”
Over the years, Rep. Smith, who holds a more bipartisan record than most Republicans, has made clear the degree to which he opposes LGBT people.
In 2015 he made news by announcing that gay rights are not human rights.
“I do not construe homosexual rights as human rights,” he said. At the time he was Chairman of a Republican House subcommittee on human rights.
Rep. Smith received $10,000 from the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council in the 2014 election cycle.
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‘I Made Juneteenth Very Famous’: Trump Raged Against ‘These People’ After Being Forced to Reschedule Tulsa Rally
Donald Trump bristled at moving his comeback rally in Tulsa due to a scheduling conflict with Juneteenth.
The former president had scheduled his first rally since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic for June 19, 2020, but he was notified — by a Black Secret Service agent, he says — of the date’s historical significance and the extra weight it carried in the days following the Minneapolis police murder of George Floyd, according to excerpts from a new book published by The Hill.
Can you imagine “changing the day of the rally in Oklahoma to accommodate these people?” Trump groused, according to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. “Have you ever heard of such a ridiculous thing?”
Murphy and his wife had joined Trump for dinner at his golf club in Bedminster, where the former president told the couple that he was looking forward to packing the arena to show off his electoral strength, but he ultimately agreed to reschedule for a day later — and then claimed credit for popularizing the day marking the end of slavery in the U.S.
“I did something good,” Trump said. “I made Juneteenth very famous. It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.”
The rally ultimately drew a much smaller crowd than had been expected, with at least a third of the seats empty at BOK Center, and a spokesman for his campaign later blamed the paltry attendance on “radical protesters.”
Meanwhile, Trump is scheduled to speak tonight at a rally at 9pm ET tonight in support of embattled Nebraska Gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster.
After Herbster, a businessman endorsed by former President Donald Trump, was accused of sexually assaulting eight women, including a state senator, Republicans throughout the state washed their hands of him, and sitting Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts told him to end his campaign and “get help.”
But according to POLITICO on Thursday, Trump himself is still all in on Herbster’s candidacy.
“Trump did not withdraw his support for Herbster, or scrap plans to hold a Friday evening rally for the candidate in Nebraska. Instead, he doubled down: The former president relayed word that Herbster wasn’t fighting back hard enough, backing plans for Herbster to hold a press conference aggressively denying the allegations and pushing back at his adversaries,” reported Alex Isenstadt.
Watch: Newsmax Host Wants to Know Why Movies ‘Have to Be About LGBTQ People?’ in Anti-Gay Rant
Newsmax propagandist Greg Kelly is jumping on the right’s rapidly growing anti-LGBTQ extremism by denouncing movies with LGBTQ people in them, while likening being LGBTQ to having a hobby – like trains – that he says no one needs to know about.
“I don’t get this be your whole self routine at work or even in art, even in products that you are creating for other people to consume,” Kelly said on Newsmax Wednesday. “For instance, take me, I love model trains. Did you know that? I actually do.”
“I love trains. I love them,” he continued. “I don’t talk about a lot on TV because it’s a pretty niche hobby and not a lot of people are into it. Alright, especially at my age. That’s my thing. I’ll do it on my time and I’m not going to bother you about it fair? You get it? I think that’s a pretty good analogy.”
It’s actually not. What Kelly is talking about is called a hobby. Being LGBTQ is not.
The Newsmax host who, coincidentally is a former Fox News correspondent and host, and the son of former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, then played what appeared to be an internal Walt Disney Company video of an employee talking about including LGBTQ characters in her work.
The segment included her stating: “Like I was just wherever I could just basically adding queerness to like, if you see anything queer in the show [undiscernable] no one would stop me and no one was trying to stop me.”
Kelly, who, according to Vanity Fair, has a history of “very racist-seeming tweets,” jumped on that immediately.
“Just have fun with your not-so-secret gay agenda,” he said. “And queerness and putting it in movies and cartoons and where is it been so far? I watch this stuff from time to time. I guess over the years. These are movies you’ve heard of I’ve heard of is this what they’ve been up to all along?” he asked, as the camera pans over classic Disney works like “Mary Poppins.”
(LGBTQ people have been creating Disney classics for decades, or longer. )
“Is this what they will be up to from now on? I don’t think it’s going to help the plotline. You know, movies are about people. Uh, why do they have to be about LGBTQ people or anything like, is the orientation really all that?”
(Full anti-LGBTQ segment on YouTube.)
Newsmax host: “You know, movies are about people. Why do they have to be about LGBTQ people?” pic.twitter.com/y39ycxvXwM
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) March 31, 2022
Watch: DeSantis Discusses and Signs ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill While Surrounded by Young Children
Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis violated the spirit of the “Don’t Say Gay” legislation he signed into law Monday afternoon by discussing it in detail while surrounded by young children – a discussion that could lead to a school being sued for thousands of dollars had it happened in a public school classroom.
DeSantis waited until about 45 minutes before press call time to inform reporters that he was signing the bill, where, and when. One publisher surmised he did so to avoid giving opponents the opportunity to protest, while the head of Equality Florida noted he did so at a charter school that is exempt from the bill.
The bill signing and detailed discussion was carried live by CBS News affiliates WPEC and WESH. NCRM has blurred the children’s faces in photos for their protection.
— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) March 28, 2022
Here’s DeSantis holding up a copy of a book that the law will now restrict or ban from schools.
— Liz Crawford WTSP (@LizCrawfordWTSP) March 28, 2022
After discussing the bill then signing it into law he took a few questions from reporters while standing behind a podium with a sign that reads “Protect Children Support Parents.”
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