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December 18, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Pro-family activists said that polygamy and polyamory would be next in the queue after marriage was redefined by Obergefell, and everything is unfolding right on schedule. The pattern is familiar. First, personal stories are employed in a willing media eager to cover the next weird thing, exploiting instinctive empathy and beginning the process of normalization. Children are usually involved and utilized as evidence that legal recognition of alternative family arrangements are necessary. Finally, the courts cave, predictably announcing that they are only recognizing an already-existing reality rather than making a substantial change.

Exhibit A is a story out of California. Back in 2017, a “throuple” of men successfully petitioned a judge to put all three of them on the birth certificate of a little girl named Piper. Dr. Ian Jenkins and Alan Mayfield met in 2003, and added another partner to their relationship upon meeting Jeremy Hodges, a zoo-keeper, in 2012. They discussed having children—the media reports on this ignore the fact that obviously, men cannot create children without women. But children have been turned into a commodity, and our society has decided that gay men have more of a right to children than children have a right to mothers.

As The Daily Mail grotesquely put it: “They were offered embryos by a female friend, Meghan.” The men had been given children, and now they needed to rent a womb. As the Mail put it, “a different friend offered to be the surrogate for the embryos, and they paid for many lawyers, Piper was born, followed several years later by Parker.” Now, the three men just needed legal recognition for their arrangement and appealed to a San Diego judge to be recognized as three fathers. The judge initially refused, stating that she couldn’t unilaterally establish a new precedent.

According to Jenkins, “Alan went ‘full mama bear.’ He basically interrupted the proceedings and told them to swear us all in. We all gave very tearful testimonies about why we needed to become parents. You could see the emotion on the judge’s face. She looked at all the options in front of her and found a way to use existing laws to give us the first birth certificate of its kind anywhere.” This, predictably, has been hailed as a landmark loophole for polyamorous throuples and a potential path to legal recognition for a variety of arrangements. 

The men now have a book coming out next March, written by Ian Jenkins, titled Three Dads and a Baby (a riff on the title of the 1987 comedy Three Men and a Baby.) The book explains how Ian is called ‘papa,’ Alan is ‘dada,’ and Jeremy is “daddy,” and Jenkins calls their arrangement “just three tame, regular people who spend a lot of time talking about what to have for dinner.” In short? Their family is just like yours, only with no Mama or Mommy—just men. But if Jenkins is to be believed, mothers don’t do anything a father can’t do. Men and women are simply interchangeable. 

The point of the new book, of course, is to persuade as all that three dads and no moms is great for kids. According to the Mail: “Ian said they also wanted to raise awareness of the need for more legal rights for polyamorous families…'I really worry about someone who lives somewhere that’s not as accepting as California and wants to live this kind of life and can’t move,' he said. 'Some states are just brutal. They make every effort to impair parenting by nontraditional families and are really unhelpful. I’m hoping this starts the wheels turning that families come in lots of different arrangements.'”

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On December 9, NBC News ran a story about what it called “hate groups” that received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans from the Small Business Administration to deal with the COVID lockdowns.

The list included such well-respected pro-family groups as American Family Association, American College of Pediatricians and the Ruth Institute.

SIGN and SHARE this joint petition from LifeSite and the Ruth Institute calling for an immediate retraction of NBC's December 9th story, smearing pro-family groups with defamatory and hateful rhetoric.

NBC relied on “research” from the notorious Southern Poverty Law Center, a left-wing group which uses distortions and innuendo to smear its opponents. SPLC considers groups opposed to abortion, same-sex marriage and transgenderism to be anti-LGBTQ and therefore, hate groups.

By the SPLC’s standard, hate groups would also include women’s athletic associations which oppose allowing “transgendered” men to participate in women’s competitions. Likewise, parents who object to men in cocktail dresses and tiaras interacting with children during Drag Queen Story Hour are equally hateful.

The SPLC's "hate group" label has incited at least one incident of literal, not metaphorical, violence. Floyd Lee Corkins, who stormed the Family Research Council in 2012, cited the SPLC’s “hate map” for how he chose his target. He shot the security guard. Conkin further stated that he intended to kill as many people as possible.

And, NBC has its own credibility problems on politics generally and on sexual issues specifically. Bias was rampant in coverage of the 2020 presidential campaign. Media Research Center found that for a two-month period, while coverage of Biden on network newscasts (including NBC) was 67% positive, reporting on Trump was 95% negative.

On the sexual front, NBC’s biases stand out as particularly odious. Ronan Farrow, formerly an NBC News investigative reporter, credibly claims that they ordered him to stop investigating the Harvey Weinstein story. NBC denies this, but their denial is flimsy.

And, in its story on the “hate groups” receiving PPP loans, NBC neglected to mention that Planned Parenthood state and local affiliates received $80 million in SBA loans, and strip clubs qualified for millions more.

Apparently, NBC finds nothing hateful about killing unborn children, nothing degrading to women about pole dancing. With its story on “hate groups” getting COVID relief, NBC has firmly established itself as a tool of the Sexual Revolution.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent joint petition, demanding that NBC retract hate-filled smears of pro-family groups.

And, after signing and sharing, please take time to email NBC to politely express your feelings on this matter. Politely ask them to retract their story of December 9th labeling respected pro-family groups as so-called "hate groups." 

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'Accused hate groups receive pandemic aid (nbcnews.com)'

Broadcast coverage of Trump 95% negative, according to new study - Washington Times

Strip-club stimulus reveals lingering uncertainties over U.S. small-business aid | Reuters

SBA demands Planned Parenthood affiliates return PPP loans granted under the Cares Act - The Washington Post

'Ronan Farrow Says NBC News Ordered a "Hard Stop to Reporting" on Harvey Weinstein' | Hollywood Reporter

'Southern Poverty Law Center Linked to FRC Shooting in Chilling New Interrogation Video' - FRC

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Three Men and a Baby, no doubt, will promptly be turned into an acclaimed documentary or move with rave reviews in all the right publications. We will be informed that only bigots believe that children need mothers, and that to even insinuate such a thing is shocking and outrageous. We will be told that denying children mothers by celebrating family arrangements where children are raised by groups of men is a sign of progress. And when the children tell us otherwise, decades down the road, it will be too late to make a difference.

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.

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