Friday, June 19, 2009
For Father's Day, Oprah presents single and gay couple dads
Today, Friday June 19, 2009, Oprah Winfrey had a Father’s Day segment called “unforgettable, unconventional dads,” link here. Oprah presented two widower fathers who had lost wives early, and one slender man around 50, an attorney, had adopted nine children from overseas. The program showed what life was like in his household as a single dad, his day starting at 3 AM (like Army Basic KP).
But the heart of the show was a gay couple of two men in Massachusetts (legally married) who had adopted three children. One of the men was Gregory Maquire, author, of “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” (link), adopted into a musical, and it is a perturbation on the story of the Wizard of Oz. He says that the work was inspired by a painting of his lover, Andy Newman, which he says taught him the value of compassion. The Oprah site has a video of her interview in their home (not embeddable, otherwise I would copy it; it’s important.)
Oprah loves to present family shows, but some people wonder how much of this "hands on" experience she has herself.
The president today said that you become a father by really raising a child. Calvin Woodward has an AP story "Obama tells men what kind of dads they should be" link here.