Bil Browning

Homophobe in the house

Filed By Bil Browning | March 28, 2006 3:56 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Media

Thanks to an alert reader for sending this news clip along... Just when we think we have a monopoly on people like Eric Miller and Ginny Cain along comes a news clip like this. It really saddens me that there are still folks out there in the United States who actually believe these things. Reason has no place in prejudice.

Rep. Debra Maggart, R-Hendersonville [TN], said she still believes homosexual couples should not be allowed to adopt children. In fact, in addition to e-mail correspondence with a master's student at Vanderbilt publicized recently, in which she said as much, she has also said homosexual couples may molest the children they adopt.

"We also have seen evidence that homosexual couples prey on young males and have, in some instances, adopted them in order to have unfretted access to subject them to a life of molestation and sexual abuse," she said.

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The station that ran this piece is either ignorant or willfully running a story that supports misinformation.
From the story:

"In the e-mail with the Vanderbilt student, Maggart said research shows most homosexual couples have numerous emotional dysfunctions and psychological issues that may not be healthy for children.

A lot of debate has circled around the evidence on whether gay adoptions are good for kids.

Harris said a career in pediatrics has shown children of gay and lesbian parents turn out just fine.

Maggert said it's just the opposite, and the research she's read comes from a variety of sources, including the ACLU and Focus on the Family, a Christian group."

The only studies they can point to are funded by the church and start out looking for a way to find problems. Reputable groups like the APA, say that gays and lesbians are no better or worse parents and they have valid data to back up their statements.

A lot of people have challenged her on what she said, but she reacts with self-righteous defensiveness.

I was relieved to learn that this Debra Maggart isn't running unopposed for re-election. There's a normal-looking, sane-sounding veteran and family guy running against her. His name is Patrick Gardner, and his web site is at

I think I'm gonna send him a few bucks. I get so tired of reading stories like the one you profiled, and getting angry, but having nothing practical that I can do in response. Maybe if I actually *do* something this time, my blood pressure will go down. And in a small, rural district like that, if a certain number of folks make an effort to help, maybe Rep. Maggart will get a surprise in November when the votes are counted.