British actor Rupert Everett has come under fire after declaring he "can't think of anything worse" than a gay couple raising a child.
The openly gay star has been criticised by equality campaigners after insisting that "children need a father and a mother."
In an interview with Britain's Sunday Times Magazine, Everett revealed how his mother Sara McLean Everett had met his boyfriend but "still wishes I had a wife and kids."
He added, "She thinks children need a father and a mother and I agree with her. I can't think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads. Some people might not agree with that. Fine! That's just my opinion. I'm not speaking on behalf of the gay community. In fact, I don't feel like I'm part of any 'community'. The only community I belong to is humanity and we've got too many children on the planet, so it's good not to have more."
Gay rights advocates have taken exception to Everett's comments - Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay rights group Stonewall, says, "Rupert should get out a little bit more to see the facts for himself. There is absolutely no evidence that the kids of gay parents suffer in the way they are being brought up or in how they develop."
Everett's mother also told the publication she wished her son would start a family, insisting, "I'd like him to have children. He's so good with children. He'd make a wonderful father. But I also think a child needs a mummy and a daddy. I've told him that and he takes it very well. He doesn't get angry with me. He just smiles."
Before this article, I'd never heard of Mr. Everett. Although, I don't know much about him, I have a great deal of respect for him. I always respect people that say how they honestly feel and not what others want them to say. I also like the fact that he stated, that he didn't think of himself as part of a homosexual community. He is what he is, it is his personal choice, it is his private life, and not something that affects the "homosexual community", or needs its support. (My interpretation)
There are many situations where a child cannot be raised by a Mother and a Father, through no fault of the single parent. This being said, there is no disputing that the ideal home would be one where a child has both a Mother and a Father, in it. It is ridiculous for anyone to say different. I'm not talking about the exception, like abusive homes or ones void of respect and support. If you ask any child from a single family home, they will tell you they wished they had both. Homosexuality / Same Sex relationships bring its own obstacles and problems, confusion & embarrassment being just a couple.
Males and females are so different. They each have very important qualities that a child needs. A Man cannot teach a girl how to be a woman and a Woman cannot teach a boy how to be a Man.
Most homosexuals will take this as a personal attack. It is not an attack. Mr. Everett knows this and is honest. He is not trying to advance any position. He is not trying to be politically correct. He is simple stating what everyone knows to be true but don't want to say it. This is not say that homosexuals can't be loving and valuable to a child’s life but that it is not the best situation, when there is the option of an ideal / perfect family...A loving Mother and Father.
*Mr Everett, you are a breath of fresh air...Good Job!
Why can't anyone voice their opinon anymore? What is life scripted into one partyline and if you deter from the script you are shunned? It happens that he is gay but he still got lambasted. What if a non-gay person said that? An opinion is just that, and it's everyone's right to say what they think.
I personally think two gay parents would be much better than one single parent dating a variety of people and maybe not having the finances that two gay men would have.
I'm a middle aged grandmother but have been a very broke single mother of two in my younger years. It sucks!
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