GOP Congressman Links Gay Marriage to Baltimore

By Michael Nam

A congressman from Texas has a novel reason for the unrest among Baltimore residents: Same-gender marriage. On a radio show segment where Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) put forth the breakdown of the “traditional family” for the rampant poverty in the city.

The Family Research Council, labeled an anti-LGBT “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, hosts the show where Flores made his bigoted assessment, and Right Wing Watch posted some of the audio.

Let’s talk about poverty, for instance. The single best indicator of whether or not a child is going to be in poverty or not is whether or not they were raised by a two-parent household or a single parent household, so the breakdown of the family has contributed to poverty. Look at what is going on in Baltimore today, you see the issues that are raised there. Healthy marriages are the ones between a man and a woman because they can have a healthy family and they can raise children in a way that’s best for their future, not only socially but psychologically, economically, from a health perspective. There is nothing like traditional marriage that does that for a child. Each of us have a mother and a father and there is no way to get around that.

The host of the show and president of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, followed those remarks with falsehoods asserting social sciences prove that parenting outcomes are only better in households of parents with the “traditional” one man and one woman marriage. The assertion has routine been debunked by actual social scientists.

Bill Flores himself has a history of anti-LGBT positions.

However, Flores himself comes short of actual toying with the idea of directly harming the poor of Baltimore in retribution, unlike Maryland state Del. Patrick McDonough. The Republican from Baltimore County made a case for taking away food stamps from parents of protesting young people, according to another radio show segment posted by First Look Media’s The Intercept.

“I think that you could make the case that there is a failure to do proper parenting and allowing this stuff to happen, is there an opportunity for a month to take away your food stamps” said the legislator.

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