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Mike Huckabee Calls Children Of Gay Parents "Little Guinea Pigs" In His 2011 Book

"Essentially, these are experiments to see how well children will fare in such same-sex households."

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Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee called the children of gay parents "little guinea pigs" in his 2011 book, A Simple Government.

Huckabee used the phrase in his chapter on gay parents titled, "Gay Parenthood: A Social Experiment."

"Still, I believe that we're in denial about potential problems as we see more and more homosexual couples raising families," writes Huckabee.

"Essentially, these are experiments to see how well children will fare in such same-sex households. It will be years before we know whether or not our little guinea pigs turn out to be good at marriage and parenthood."

Here's the full section:

I have often been criticized for my outspoken views on gay marriage and homosexuality, so let me be clear. I have no doubt at all that homosexual men and women love their children deeply. Just as deeply as heterosexuals love theirs. But love alone cannot always provide what children need. If that sounds harsh, bear with me for a moment. My main concern here is that the children, most of whom are heterosexual, will not, and really cannot, get critical early-life lessons in how a heterosexual family functions successfully. In general, men and women bring different outlooks and temperaments to the task of parenting. Those male/female dynamics that make themselves evident in parenting—including even the conflicts and inconsistencies that are likely to arise—teach a child about how men and women relate to each other. In the home with two gay parents, where is that learning going to come from? It's already challenging enough to grow up, even when the parents are more conventional role models. Of course, I'm certainly not saying that all heterosexual parents provide, or are even able to provide, a good example to their children. I know that very well from years of conversations in my pastoral study, if not from just walking through a mall. Still, I believe that we're in denial about potential problems as we see more and more homosexual couples raising families. Essentially, these are experiments to see how well children will fare in such same-sex households. It will be years before we know whether or not our little guinea pigs turn out to be good at marriage and parenthood.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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