Al Franken is a Democratic Senator from Minnesota and Saturday Night Live alum. He is the author of Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them as well as Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot. He is a co-sponsor of Senator Dianne Feinsteinâs Respect for Marriage Act, which is intended to repeal DOMA.
He also serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which heard testimony this week about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Testifying in support of DOMA was Tom Minnery, representing the anti-gay group called âFocus on the Family.â During his testimony, Minnery quoted from a Department of Health and Human Services study about the ânuclear family.â When Senator Franken began to question Minnery, the fireworks and fun began:
âI checked the study out,â said Franken. âIt actually doesnât say what you said it says.â
âIsnât it true, Mr. Minnery, that a married same-sex couple that has had or adopted kids would fall under the definition of âa nuclear familyâ in the study that you cite?â Franken asked.
âI would think that the study, when it cites ânuclear families,â would mean a family headed by a husband and wife,â Minnery replied.
âIt doesnât,â Franken said, followed by laughter from around the gallery.
âThe study defines a nuclear family as âone or more children living with two parents who are married to one another and are each biological or adoptive parents to all the children in the family,ââ Franken read.
âAnd I frankly donât really know how we can trust the rest of your testimony if you are reading studies these ways,â Franken concluded.
For bringing humor to a dark topic. For being a voice of reason. For insisting that truth be represented in the halls of power, we have selected Al Franken as our Person of the Week.
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