Friday, June 13, 2003
"That's the kind of thing that makes you think they're from another planet from time to time," Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, D-Los Angeles, said of lawmakers who voted against the fatherhood resolution, HR 32.Only one Republican voted for the resolution. Why?
"I don't know of anybody in the general public who would be unhappy or upset by a resolution saying all fathers in all kinds of families should be recognized on Father's Day."
But critics said HR 32 was part of a pro-gay agenda designed to embarrass conservatives and support alternative lifestyles.
"If all they'd said was 'we honor all fathers,' and left it at that, then every single father would have felt we were honoring them," said Assemblyman Ray Haynes, R-Murrieta. "But they have to inject all this extraneous garbage into it."
Controversy centered on wording that praised the "wonderful diversity" of America's fathers, saying they include "single fathers, foster fathers, adoptive fathers, biological fathers, stepfathers, families headed by two fathers, grandfathers raising grandchildren, fathers in blended households, and other non-traditional fathers."
Assemblyman Jay La Suer, R-La Mesa, said he has a wife, two daughters, represents "mainstream America" and doesn't call himself a "biological father."I'd say the whole bill was made in a test tube. [Hat tip: Tongue Tied.]
"I'm a traditional father," he said. "A biological father can be the result of a one-night stand, rape, incest -- I don't want to be grouped with that."
Assemblyman Tim Leslie, R-Tahoe City, said biological father sounds like "something created from a test tube."