Obama admin. launches Fatherhood.gov

The Obama Administration has launched Fatherhood.gov. I consider myself a gay father. My partner and I have a son who calls me “Pops,” and I have played an integral part of raising him through his terrible teenage years into a fine young man, I think this site discounts the importance of children having TWO PARENTS no matter what their gender. In fact, two women do a fantastic job of raising children as evidenced by this young man, Zach Wahls, don’t you think? Just in case, that evidence wasn’t enough then try this.

President Obama writes:

Good morning,

I grew up without a father around. I was lucky enough to be raised by a wonderful mother who, like so many heroic single mothers, never allowed my father’s absence to be an excuse for me to slack off or not always do my best. But I often wonder what it would have been like if my father had a greater presence in my life.
So as a father of two young girls, I’ve tried hard to be a good dad. I haven’t always been perfect – there have been times when work kept me away from my family too often, and most of the parenting duties fell to Michelle.

I know many other fathers face similar challenges. Whether you’re a military dad returning from deployment or a father doing his best to make ends meet for his family in a tough economy, being a parent isn’t easy.

That’s why my Administration is kicking off the Year of Strong Fathers, Strong Families. We’re joining with dads across the country to do something about father absence. And we’re taking steps to offer men who want to be good fathers but are facing challenges in their lives a little extra support, while partnering with businesses to offer fun opportunities for fathers to spend time with their kids. For example, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Major League Baseball and the WNBA are offering discounts for fathers and their kids, and companies like Groupon and LivingSocial will be featuring special offers for activities fathers can do with their children.

You can learn more and sign the Fatherhood Pledge at Fatherhood.gov:

If the Obama Administration is truly concerned about the health and well being of our children, the President might evolve on the issue of gay marriage so that we can enjoy all the rights and benefits of other American families, and be more effective parents to our children.

Groupons and special offers are nice, but don’t replace having our gay family’s rights being legally observed via marriage. If our political leaders are truly worried about our children’s health and well being then they WILL support gay marriage.

I signed the Fatherhood.gov pledge but I’m hoping President Obama will pledge to support gay marriage for the health and well being of our children.

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