"There is one gold standard, one gold standard for children. That is: there is no substitute for a marriage between a man and a woman. I want the law to discriminate against straight people who live together — I used to call it “shacking up,” but now it’s called cohabitation. I want the law to discriminate against all alternative lifestyles, against gays and unions. I want to promote and to put in a privileged position that institution of marriage between a man and a woman, which has been shown over and over to be the gold standard." Bill Donohue
Hmm. Not too long ago, Catholics were considered an alternative lifestyle and were heinously discriminated against. They were excluded from country clubs and higher offices.
As Ashby posted several days ago, Save The Children's most recent study concluded that America is ranked 25th just below Belarus on the list of nations best suited for motherhood. So no, raising a child in America under "traditional" marriage rules isn't even close to the "gold standard." Maybe we should open the door a bit and let some other parental configurations give it a shot.