- The Washington Times - Monday, February 23, 2015

CNN commentator and Daily Beast columnist Sally Kohn argued in an op-ed Friday that she would be thrilled if her 6-year-old daughter turned out to be gay like her and even expressed disappointment and fear when her daughter first started showing an interest in boys.

Ms. Kohn, writing for The Washington Post, made the case that the idea or assumption that gay children will automatically face a hard life reinforces a homophobic culture.

“I’m gay. And I want my kid to be gay, too,” she declared. “Many of my straight friends, even the most liberal, see this logic as warped … ‘Don’t you want her to be happy?’ one friend asked. Perhaps he just meant that it’s easier to be straight in a homophobic culture. But this attitude complies with, even reinforces, that culture in the first place.

“It’s more widely acceptable to be gay in America today, but that’s not the same as being desirable. In my house, though, it is,” Ms. Kohn wrote. “I want my daughter to know that being gay is equally desirable to being straight. The problem is not the idea that homosexuality could be a choice but the idea that heterosexuality should be compulsory. In my house it’s plainly, evidently not.”

Ms. Kohn then lamented that her 6-year-old is already showing an interest in boys, recounting an instance when she emailed a friend for advice when her daughter developed a crush on an older boy on her bus.

“My friend wrote back with a slew of helpful advice, ending with a punch to my gut: ‘Bet it wouldn’t bother you so much if her crush was on a girl,’” Ms. Kohn wrote. “She was right. I’m a slightly overbearing pro-gay gay mom. But I’m going to support my daughter, whatever choices she makes.”

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