If you read this story, you'll read about the terrible torture of a five-year-old boy at the hands of his mother, and other women, one of whom is described as a "roommate."
This story says the woman is a "friend" of the abusive mother.
And this story goes a bit farther, calling her a "live-in girlfriend."
But only this World Net Daily story uses the "L" word, calling Starkeisha Brown a lesbian.
Now, child abuse is a terrible crime no matter who's committing it. And the fact that Brown and her lesbian girlfriend, along with a third woman who's so far just being called the "babysitter," made this young boy's life a living hell is horrible regardless of the relationship between--or among--the women.
But in any other case of parental involvement in child abuse, the media falls all over itself telling us exactly how each or both parents were involved. We've seen headlines screaming about husbands who beat their children and wives who drown them, about foster parents who abuse and about grandparents who molest.
Reading the first two articles, especially the LA Times article, the reader learns that the boy's mother was involved in this poor boy's torture--but that another woman or women were also involved, for reasons that remain ambiguous and hidden unless you seek other sources for this sad, sad story.
Why would a California newspaper, one that's been pretty celebratory of all those lesbian weddings since last week, suddenly turn coy and display reserved propriety about mentioning the lesbian relationship involved in this ugly story?
One reason, I'm sure, is because of the media's complicity in the whole gay marriage story--they can't switch from their "yay lesbians!" hat to their "uh-oh, girls behaving badly" hat without highlighting their cheerleader outfits. (HT: Some Have Hats). But another reason is that the media simply can't afford for people to start asking the tough questions now about the potential of harm to children that may or may not come in the wake of widespread gay marriage.
Lest anyone think I'm saying all gay people raising children are physically hurting those kids, I'm not, emphatically. Our Catholic Church does teach, though, that those children are being spiritually harmed by being presented with a model of the family that is completely out of line with God's plan. And while the data is hard to track, there is evidence that suggests that same-sex couples experience higher rates of domestic violence then heterosexual couples. There is no data available on whether rates of child abuse will be higher among these couples--but no one will know, if the rates end up being as hidden as the lesbian status of the partners in this current example of abuse.
The fact of the matter is that no one really cares whether gay marriage ends up hurting kids, literally or spiritually/emotionally/psychologically. Just like no one cares whether gay shacking-up contributed to the harm done to Ms. Brown's little boy. It's politically incorrect even to wonder about such a thing.