A right wing American Christian pressure group has compared homosexuality to drunk driving in lashing out against Republican Senator Rob Portman’s decision to support his openly gay son and same-sex marriage.
In a sarcastic press release Traditional Values Coalition president Andrea Lafferty compared accepting a gay son to accepting a son who constantly drives drunk.
‘These past few days have been very painful ones for me,’ Lafferty wrote.
‘Earlier this week one of my children came to me and told me something which was shocking. He is a drunk driver and has been driving drunk regularly since college.
‘I have taken several days to reflect on this and I have decided to reverse my earlier opposition to drunk driving. My child is a drunk driver and I love him. It is a part of his identity, who he is.
‘Therefore, today I am reversing my opposition to drunk driving. My child has caused me to revisit a decision which, up until now, had been based simply on morality.
‘In addition, I would like to say that drunk driving will make all of us stronger drivers. Think of how much more interesting driving will be in the future if more people have the freedom to drive drunk. It will sharpen the defensive driving skills of the rest of us.’
‘This unreleased press statement follows the same twisted, self-serving logic that several public officials have used in explaining their switch from opposing homosexual marriage to favoring it.’
Lafferty wrote that children were ‘unable to determine morality.’
‘The tough part of being a parent is telling one of those young souls whom we have been charged with raising that he or she is wrong. But because it is tough that doesn’t mean that we are excused from doing it or we can delegate our responsibility to a teacher or “the village” or some other entity.
‘I wish no harm to either Senator Portman or his son but they are wrong … and Senator Portman’s attempt to use his position in the Senate to affect the future path of our culture and the lives of other Americans compounds the wrong.’
At the end of the statement Lafferty clarrified her opposition to drunk driving and homosexuality.
‘Drunk driving is immoral. I abhor it,’ she wrote.
‘I also believe homosexuality is immoral and sinful.’