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Neil Patrick Harris says 'I don't think that kids need a father and a mother necessarily'

Gay star is raising fraternal twins with parents David Burtka

Neil Patrick Harris, raising twins Gideon and Harper with partner David Burtka, thinks his son and daughter are going to be just fine having been raised in a household with two dads.

'I don't think that kids need a father and a mother necessarily,' Harris says in the HBO documentary The Out List which airs on Thursday (27 June).

'I think they need male and female role models but I don't think that means we shouldn't have kids because we're two guys,' says the Emmy winning star of television, movies and film.

Harris, 40, also shared some of his philosophy on parenting: 'We don't encourage our child to only play with Barbies but if our son picks up a Barbie doll and wants to play with it, okay. Parents need to be more accepting of who their kids are and less concerned about what society thinks they need to be.'

The Out List, a documentary directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, features many other gay celebrities including Suze Orman, Jake Shears and Cynthia Nixon who talking about being gay and leading an 'out' life.

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