“However you define family, that’s what we mean by family values.”
Barbara Bush has shown no signs of being a great intellect, but that is alright to most people because she seems such a pleasant person, and one unwilling to harm anyone else’s feelings. At the 1992 Republican Convention both the former weakness and the later strength played tragically into a very unfortunate statement in which she proudly proclaimed, “However you define family, that’s what we mean by family values.”
I don’t doubt for a minute that she meant just that, because it is just that reality that both major parties have been hard at work to create over the past decades. A great many Republicans and Democrats show signs of a willingness to redefine the family in such a way that it can be seen as nothing more than a collection of unrelated people, adults and children, who just happen to live together and forge a voluntary relationship with each other for an unspecified length of time.
This week a landmark is being reached in the realization of Barbara Bush’s incoherent dream. The California Legislature is right now considering a bill that will redefine a family so that it includes more than two parents.
Beaver had June and Ward.
Ricky had Ozzie and Harriet.
Mom and Dad, same-sex couples or blended families, California law is clear: No more than two legal parents per child.
When adults fight over parenthood, a judge must decide which two have that right and responsibility – but that could end soon.
State Sen. Mark Leno is pushing legislation to allow a child to have multiple parents.
“The bill brings California into the 21st century, recognizing that there are more than Ozzie and Harriet families today,” the San Francisco Democrat said.
Surrogate births, same-sex parenthood and assisted reproduction are changing society by creating new possibilities for nontraditional households and relationships.
SB 1476 stemmed from an appellate court case last year involving a child’s biological mother, her same-sex partner, and a man who had an affair with the biological mother and impregnated her while she was separated temporarily from her female lover.
We live in a society that increasingly does not recognize anything that can be called a natural family. Instead, having cut our moorings to any coherent moral norms, we are adrift on a sea of relativity and foolishly believe that a family can be whatever we say it is.