Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

I recently debated two leading gay-rights activists over whether judges should be forced to place children in same-sex parented households. They believed that all that kids need are two adults who love them. Truth is, kids needed more than that—they need mothers and fathers. It takes a male and female to create that child, which is an indication that it takes both parents to raise that child.  This might seem obvious, but men and women are different. Women in general have strengths over men in some areas and men have strengths over women in other areas. Together they are a team. They complement each other. These differences are good and they're in our DNA. In order for young girls and young boys to develop into healthy women and men, they need both a mother and a father. This is common sense supported by self-evident biological and sociological truths.