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Congressman Wants Schools To Teach Gender Stereotypes Early To Prevent Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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In a speech Monday, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) used Father's Day as a platform to push for gender stereotypes to be taught to American youths in grade school. That way, they can understand the roles of mothers and fathers and of the importance of only allowing opposite-sex couples to marry. Think Progress reports:

Gingrey stressed his continued support for the Defense of Marriage Act - which defines marriage as only a union between a man and a women - and suggested that children need to be carefully taught about the traditional roles of their genders.

"You know, maybe part of the problem is we need to go back into the schools at a very early age, maybe at the grade school level, and have a class for the young girls and have a class for the young boys and say, you know, this is what's important. This is what a father does that is maybe a little different, maybe a little bit better than the talents that a mom has in a certain area. And the same thing for the young girls, that, you know, this is what a mom does, and this is what is important from the standpoint of that union which we call a marriage."

Previously, ThinkProgress ranked Gingrey as one of the 7 most anti-gay U.S. Representatives. 



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  1. Yes, that it, by George! Why didn't someone think of this sooner? Just EXPLAIN the respective roles to little boys and girls. I know it would have helped me no end and I def would have stopped the monkey business in the barn with the neighbour boys.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jun 21, 2013 7:48:41 AM

  2. Gee, a Southern GOP Congressman said this? What a surprise. While we're at it, let's teach kids to hate everyone that's not like they are, and, oh, the South shall rise again! These are the people we elect to run the country.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 21, 2013 7:48:57 AM

  3. OMG we finally discovered who is behind 'Rick''s this ass ha from Georgia! ALL THIS TIME....

    Posted by: Glow505 | Jun 21, 2013 7:57:49 AM

  4. OMG we finally discovered who is behind 'Rick''s this ass ha from Georgia! ALL THIS TIME....

    Posted by: Glow505 | Jun 21, 2013 7:57:49 AM

  5. So much for the GOP mantra of "let the parents decide".

    Posted by: RWG | Jun 21, 2013 8:12:26 AM

  6. The ignorance is overwhelming.

    Posted by: dattexas | Jun 21, 2013 8:30:47 AM

  7. Finally a guy from a state other than Texas saying asinine things.

    Posted by: Ben Nevis | Jun 21, 2013 8:37:59 AM

  8. So this is their Plan B for when DOMA falls.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jun 21, 2013 8:40:14 AM

  9. THIS.

    All this time it's mystified me why so many straights get really bent out of shape over SSM. they hate the icky queers sure, but why? What is it they're afraid of except catching our cooties?

    Some homophobes are really queer themselves. But not all of them. What are the straight homophobes afraid of?

    This. They're afraid that daddy (read: themselves, since most seem to be male) may not be quite as indispensible as it seemed. Isn't daddy essential? Isn't daddy the center of the cosmos? It says so in that illustrated bible. How can those lesbians be a family without daddy? Don't those fags know how to act like a proper daddy? (i.e. by keeping mom in her place.)

    When I was little in Sunday school and they told me that Jesus was the son of God, I wondered where was Mrs. God. After all these years I got my answer: out back in the kitchen throwing another log on the fire, just the way God intended.

    The roots of homophobia truly are in sexism.

    Posted by: BZ | Jun 21, 2013 8:48:42 AM

  10. Can't they make up their minds? I thought they either shouldn't teach about sex to kindergarten aged children and/or people should keep their sexuality to themselves.....Now sex is ok for 6 year olds as long as it's straight sex? Conservatives need to work out their message.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Jun 21, 2013 8:56:38 AM

  11. Wow.

    Posted by: David C. | Jun 21, 2013 8:58:41 AM

  12. Great. They can show old eps of The Donna Reed Show and Chuck Norris movies and say they're documentaries!

    Chapter headings.

    Armpit fart-noises: bad manners or status symbol?

    Make me a sammich, woman!: Establishing domestic roles.

    Vacuuming in heels and pearls: You know you want to!

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 21, 2013 9:13:16 AM

  13. This guy believes The Flintstones was a documentary. The stupid - it burns.

    Posted by: Geoff | Jun 21, 2013 9:16:21 AM

  14. I really hope someone pins him down and gets him to explain just exactly what he thinks Dads do better than Moms (work and earn money?) and what Moms do better than Dads (bake cookies and clean house?).

    Posted by: e.c. | Jun 21, 2013 9:36:07 AM

  15. Clearly he is also one of the stupidest representatives, although that is a tight race.

    Like Anita Bryant, he believes that heterosexuality must be protected because it couldn't compete in an open market - a questionable proposition.

    But then he also believes that the language of Shakespeare must be given protected status to survive.

    Posted by: melvin | Jun 21, 2013 9:47:01 AM

  16. I have some thoughts about this speech. But every thought I want to convey would be *bleep*'d by most online servers due to language and content. So... I'll just say I have thoughts and they're not good ones.

    Posted by: William | Jun 21, 2013 9:48:47 AM

  17. Better idea: teach Republican stereotypes early to prevent kids from growing up to be @$$holes.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jun 21, 2013 9:53:10 AM

  18. Another stupid turd from a southern state. What is it with that region of the country?
    Is it the Southern Baptist brainwash?

    Posted by: Rob | Jun 21, 2013 10:35:43 AM

  19. How do people like this get elected

    Posted by: Will | Jun 21, 2013 11:13:42 AM

  20. This from the man who went on national television, The Colbert Show, and claimed he was a Georgia Peach, a term traditionally used to refer only to women.

    Posted by: nick | Jun 21, 2013 11:15:44 AM

  21. Being a congressman is like running from a bear, you don't have to be smarter than every citizen, you only have to be smarter than your constituents.

    Years of mostly feminist insistence on gender neutral educations have produced a body of research that gender role play at a very young age, in conjunction with the child's perceiving the behavior characteristics of parents and siblings plays the largest role in settling gender norms in children, not any lessons or lectures they get in school. And, it's the cues from others in combination with self-identified gender, rather than assigned gender that determines how the child behaves.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 21, 2013 11:47:56 AM

  22. Laughed out loud reading this post title. What a dunce.

    Posted by: JMC | Jun 21, 2013 11:49:15 AM

  23. Gee, a Southern GOP Congressman said this? What a surprise. While we're at it, let's teach kids to hate everyone that's not like they are, and, oh, the South shall rise again! These are the people we elect to run the country.

    Posted by: Jack M

    Yeah you fing idiot, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum are from the South, as are all the people who voted for Prop 8.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jun 21, 2013 11:56:03 AM

  24. Oops, my bad.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jun 21, 2013 12:08:20 PM

  25. Dear Gringey, your ideologies won't prevent gay marriage, or even gay people. It will only breed a new generation of insecure, spineless, resentfully-homosexual internet commenters with no testicles.

    This is actually hilarious. Now we know where this site's pathetic trolls come from: families like this piece of garbage.

    aim low, boys!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 21, 2013 12:09:17 PM

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