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Twins Raised by Two Moms are Key West High School's First Valedictorian and Salutatorian Sisters


Erin and Elizabeth Czerwinski were named Valedictorian and Salutatorian of Key West High School in Florida this month, Freedom to Marry reports. They had grade point averages of 4.713 and 4.746.

They are the school's first sisters to take the double top honor, and they were raised by a lesbian couple.

Now, who was saying gay people can't raise children?

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  1. That's a lazy comment... if one family can be used to assert that gay people are good parents, then any other family can be used to assert that they're bad ones. Let's not be lazy.

    Posted by: JR | Jun 11, 2013 12:03:19 PM

  2. It also implies that success in raising children can be measured with one number.

    Posted by: Don | Jun 11, 2013 12:09:03 PM

  3. Speaking of numbers... a grade point average of 4.7 on a scale that is traditionally 0 to 4? That's like the '11' on Spinal Tap's amplifier.

    Posted by: tominsf | Jun 11, 2013 12:11:24 PM

  4. Yes, JR, that's true, but this serves as a brief form of self-satisfying "told-ya-so" that will inevitably happen regardless and then subside. Enjoy the moment.

    Posted by: Leo | Jun 11, 2013 12:12:14 PM

  5. Just to clarify... my comment above about the GPAs is not a criticism of the people involved, but of the education system that has warped the measurement standards.

    Posted by: tominsf | Jun 11, 2013 12:16:47 PM

  6. Aren't we smart? Aren't we well-behaved? Don't we fit in nicely? Now can we please have a shred of civil justice and equality? "Oh, wait. Some of them are able to raise really smart kids. OK. Now I like them." Gag.

    Posted by: Ms. Sippi | Jun 11, 2013 12:29:07 PM

  7. AP courses are often given an extra point in GPA calculation these days.

    Posted by: me | Jun 11, 2013 12:33:29 PM

  8. @JR -- Now that's a fanciful interpretation of what was written. Andy wrote, "Now, who was saying gay people can't raise children?" Which in your head translates to, "if one family can be used to assert that gay people are good parents..." Perhaps you should go back and take a course in reading comprehension. Let's not be lazy.

    Posted by: Gigi | Jun 11, 2013 12:38:27 PM

  9. C'mon people, don't drag this into the mud. It's just a news story about lesbian parents who raised intelligent children. Please go find some other people to drag through the mud. Good for the moms and good for the kids too!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 11, 2013 12:54:22 PM

  10. Paging Mark Regnerus to the lavender courtesy phone!

    And bring that dime-store diploma with you!

    Posted by: Family Structures Survey | Jun 11, 2013 2:22:17 PM

  11. Many schools have these altered GPA's. In them, a regular class is a 4.0 whereas an honors or AP class is a 5.0. That makes total sense as those in honors/AP course are often working harder and completely far more rigorous course work. These curse can consequentially be rewarded college credit if the student takes the nationally regulated end of year exams. It is not just some inflated number to make students feel good. It is based on merit. The one fall back of these systems is that they usually give all fine arts classes (choir, band, etc.) a 4.0 rating which can penalize children that are both in all honors classes and the fine arts and hold them back from being valedictorian. Let's think and educate ourselves before we jump to speak.

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 11, 2013 2:50:53 PM

  12. "That makes total sense as those in honors/AP course are often working harder and completely far more rigorous course work."

    Not really. Does a shop class only give you a contribution of 3 because it is easier?

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Jun 11, 2013 3:00:32 PM

  13. Back in the day, my HS gave GPA points above 4.0 if you took extra classes. My school day started at 7:30 and ended at 4:30. In winter, I never saw the sun on weekdays.

    Posted by: BobN | Jun 11, 2013 3:14:34 PM

  14. I would be scared to piss off two lesbian moms with bad grades! They don't mess around.

    Posted by: SpunkyBunks | Jun 11, 2013 3:32:04 PM

  15. Look at those great kids they raised! Brava!

    Posted by: rhea | Jun 11, 2013 3:34:29 PM

  16. EchtKultig, it's just grade inflation for scholarship money. Scholarship money is the difference between getting a degree and having to drop out. It's also the difference between Top Tier and 'oh noes no one will ever respect my degree because it came from X College' -- which is a legitimate fear, depending on your networking skills.

    If I remember correctly, there was a point in time where folks b*tched that the Valedictorian had taken 'easy' courses to get a 4.0 wasn't fair to someone else who had taken harder courses to get a 4.0 ( 3.9)... since getting into Top Tier schools meant having a high school pedigree, and some scholarships will only go to valedictorians, parents with influence made a stink for the sake of their ragamuffins'

    I've taken AP courses and regular courses, and the claim that AP courses means someone worked harder is bull. It just means you took the course and did the work necessary to get the grade (or paid someone else to do the work necessary to get the grade).

    Your networking skills matter more than your grades. Your drive matters more than your grades.

    Having said all that, congratulations to the sister valedictorians. Now mom and mom don't have to pay for four years of schooling, and that makes everything worth it.

    Posted by: Zeta | Jun 11, 2013 3:43:35 PM

  17. Regardless of how typical or atypical this couple and their children are, they certainly give a good image to lesbian families. Acceptance becomes easier the more people hear of stories like this. Yes, it takes time to change people's minds. But the gay community is getting there - one story at a time.

    Posted by: Mary | Jun 11, 2013 5:13:40 PM

  18. Thank you Mary for talking some sense here.

    Posted by: eric | Jun 11, 2013 8:52:43 PM

  19. Great job to these lesbian parents.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Jun 12, 2013 12:55:14 AM

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