Every so often, we hear politicians crow about their "morality" and "family values". What do they actually mean? And what does it actually mean to millions of American families?
We couldn't help but brainstorm these questions while supposed "defenders of family values" across the nation fought for "family values" like banning second parent adoption, en shrinking workplace discrimination, driving transgender people to suicide, and denying loving couples the freedom to marry. Wait, these aren't "family values"? So why are G-O-TEA politicians falling over each other to fight for policies that espouse anything but "family values"?
Last month, we couldn't help but mock Governor Brian Sandoval's (R-Why?) decision to green-light a brief to the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals regarding Sevcik v. Sandoval. What isn't a laughing matter, however, is the disgusting content inside that brief. Not only does it oppose marriage equality as a guaranteed civil right, but it also compares LGBTQ families to criminals.
How can bigotry ever be considered a "family value"? What's so valuable about wrongful discrimination? And why should we ever value hate?
If we as a society truly care about "family values", then we should actually value families. It's really as simple as that.
We should never forget the ultimate family value: Love. Love is what ultimately matters when it comes to family values. And yes, at the end of the day, love is all we need.
So next time you hear some politician proclaim "family values", ask him or her if that actually means valuing families. After all, families aren't built on discrimination. They depend on love.