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Barbara Zalot: President’s position on fathers is contradictory

To the editor:

In his commencement address at Morehouse College, President Obama spoke poignantly saying he wished he had had a father who was not only present but involved in his life.

“I want to break that cycle where a father is not at home, where a father is not helping to raise that son or daughter. I want to be a better father, a better husband, a better man.”

It would appear, based on his Morehouse address, that the president understands the importance of fatherhood. This assumption, however, is put in doubt by his support of the movement to change the definition of marriage.

It is very difficult, if not impossible, to send the message that fatherhood is important while at the same time redefining marriage so as to make fathers optional.

The president’s position is inconsistent and contradictory.

Fathers matter, they are not an option.

Barbara Zalot

Southampton

"change the definition of marriage"?? You mean like it was in the Bible when men had more than one wife and several concubines and slaves that they could impregnate at will? Yikes. Yes, let's please change the definition from what it was then.

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