During an interview with Change.org's Adam Amel Rogers about CNN's latest "…in America" special, Gary and Tony Have a Baby, Soledad O'Brien pushed back against Fox News host Mike Huckabee's recent “children are not puppies” anti-gay remark saying, “In a lot of ways, children are easier than puppies.”
Adam: Mike Huckabee recently condemned gay parents by saying “children are not puppies.” Do you think there is anything in the special that will help build understanding among vocal opponents of gay parents, or do you think it will provide them with more ammunition?
Soledad: That's never my goal. My goal, when I do documentaries is to drill down and tell the story of human beings. I guess anybody is welcome to take from it what they want to take from it. In a lot of ways, children are easier than puppies. Children grow, children respond to you, children you can shape and create and mold them and that is what is fabulous about being a mother from my perspective — I have four little kids — is that they are going to grow up and turn into adults and I get to shape the things that I want my kids to care about. Puppies — they just become big dogs. I think that it's not for me to say what someone is going to get out of the work that I've done. It's not a story about an issue, it's a story about two people and this is their life and this is their story. It's not the story of the gay community, it is not even the story of gay marriage, it is the story of a guy named Gary and a guy named Tony and they have decided to have a baby. And all the effort, the drama, the emotion, the panic, the fear, the hard work, the medical bills, the legal efforts that go into making that happen for two guys.
The program airs Thursday, June 24th at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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