Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Friday (24 February) that gays make inferior parents compared to a straight couple.
'Most of the data that I’ve read that the best environment for a child to grow up to be fully capable of achieving the American dream and having the best start at life in an intact two-parent family made up of a man and a woman,' McDonnell said.
McDonnell made his remarks during a Politico forum in which he appeared alongside Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley who is scheduled to sign a same-sex marriage bill in his state into law next week.
After McDonnell reiterated his stance against gay marriage, O'Malley remarked that his evolution on the issue came when 'we concluded that it was not right and not just that the children of gay parents should homes that are protected in a lesser way under the law than other children.'
This led to McDonnell saying: 'I would say that that’s what all the data would suggest an intact two-parent family is in fact the best for our country. Should be the model.'
McDonnell, elected governor in 2009, made his remarks during a week that he came under fire from the socially conservative far-right for changing his position on a controversial bill that would have required women to have a transvaginal ultrasound before obtaining an abortion.
Below is video of McDonnell and O'Malley at the Politico event: