Stop the press. Mind-blowing revelation to follow! Parents actually think about issues that have no connection to children.
I don't know why, but many of us in the "content business" assume that parents enter a state of intellectual and political hibernation once they've had children. Nothing could be further from the truth.
At Parent Soup, one of the largest parenting sites in the U.S., our parents do weigh in on child-focused subjects like Elian and diaper rash. But they also engage in spirited debates over topics that have no connection to their kids.
Currently the liveliest "war of words" raging at Parent Soup is about Vermont's landmark decision last month to recognize unions by same-sex couples.
Although no formal poll was conducted, the "pro same-sex unions" posts appear to outnumber the "against same-sex unions" posts 2 to 1. Different views of God and religion are at the heart of the differences in opinion. Here's what parents are saying about same-sex unions:
I never thought I'd see the day - a great day for equality (the civil union name will hopefully appease the religious lobby, a good tactical first step). Love should know no boundaries
I can see NO reason that homosexual people should be denied civil marriage. How can they be denied the rights given to all in this country? Wrong, wrong, wrong. My personal religion can't determine the laws of the country, and considering the attitudes of the most vocal and influential people who claim to be Christian, I don't know that it would be a good thing.