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Al Franken, Focus on the Family and the Defense of Marriage Act

by Brad A. Greenberg

July 20, 2011 | 1:11 pm

The U.S. Senate today held a hearing on a bill that would repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act. One of the experts called to testify was Focus on the Family’s Thomas Minnery, who got into a little exchange with Sen. Al Franken, who accused Minnery of mischaracterizing facts of a study he was citing. TPM Muckraker has the skinny:

“Isn’t it true, Mr. Minnery, that a married same-sex couple that has had or adopted kids would fall under the definition of a nuclear family in the study that you cite?” Franken asked.

“I think that the study, when it cites nuclear families would mean a family headed by a husband and wife,” Minnery said.

“It doesn’t,” Franken said, getting laughs from the audience.

“The study defines a nuclear family as one 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,” Franken continued. “And I frankly don’t really know how we can trust the rest of your testimony if you are reading studies these ways.”

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