In an email sent exclusively to KnowThyNeighbor.org – Greater Boston PFLAG President Stan Griffith shared his personal views about Hillary Clinton’s position on same-sex parenting. KnowThyNeighbor.org posted the email on it’s website. PFLAG is the acronym for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
In the email, Griffith says he believes Hillary’s views on lesbian and gay families is indistinguishable from Massachusetts parent David Parker’s – and it’s a position used by the Family Research Institute to wage war on diversity education and safe schools programs.
In April 2005, David Parker, then a father of a kindergarten student, created an uproar at his child’s elementary school – after the boy had described to his father a classroom lesson in which the teacher read from a book about different types of families. A federal judge later dismissed a suit by Parker who contended that the public school system violated his constitutional rights.
Democratic candidates were recently asked if they approved of learning material in public schools which depict same-sex parents. Obama and Edwards stated they support it. Hillary, on the other hand, said she believes it’s up to parents to decide how to handle such topics. And this is the same position as Parker and the Family Research Institute.
Griffith calls on LGBT supporters of Clinton to understand how “dangerous” Clinton’s position actually is.
“Our organization does not endorse or oppose specific candidates for office, but we do think that candidate positions should be carefully reviewed and discussed. I would like to be sure that folks in our community who are supporting Hillary understand just how dangerous this position is that she espouses.”
In a follow-up email to KnowThyNeighbor, Stanley Griffith wrote:
“Hillary’s GLBT advisers need to help her get it right. And if they don’t get her to issue a clarification then they should resign.”
Massachusetts parent David Parker has appealed to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
As explained on it’s website, “Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) promotes the health and well-being of GLBT persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.”
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