In communities where there are no fathers who can provide guidance to young men . . . . in those environments, if we think that we're just going to send the police to do the dirty work of containing the problems that arise there without as a nation and as a society saying what can we do to change those communities, to help lift up those communities and give those kids opportunity, then we're not going to solve this problem.
A week after that, he made the next statement at the launch of My Brother's Keeper Alliance:
I grew up without a dad. I grew up lost sometimes and adrift, not having a sense of a clear path.
A few weeks later, he attended a poverty summit at Georgetown University, and he said the following:
I am a black man who grew up without a father, and I know the cost that I paid for that. And I also know that I have the capacity to break that cycle, and as a consequence I think that my daughters are better off.
Three times, the President of the United States, on different occasions came back to the lack of the role of the father, the role of the dad, as vital for successful raising of boys and young men. He was saying success of raising boys was dependent on this. He tied failure into it not happening.
OK. Question. If what he is saying is true, then he cannot support two women, a same-gender couple, raising a boy, can he? He must oppose that, right? He must say about what they are doing, "I know the cost of that." And the cost is Baltimore and other cities like it. He can't support it. He does, but this only underscores the poverty of his worldview, that will contradict itself for political reasons.
In 2012, Mark Regnerus, a sociologist at the University of Texas, did research, performed as study (in pdf), entitled "New Family Structures Study," answering the question, "How different are the adult children of parents who have same-(gender) relationships?" The study was very thorough and concluded that the children of same-gender couples fare far worse than those of two different genders, both a father and a mother.
The President says he agrees.