Al Franken made Focus on the Family's Tim Minnery look like a fool during this morning's hearing on the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. Not that Minnery needed much help.
Minnery had claimed that studies proved opposite-sex parents had healthier, happier kids who did better in school and were less likely to suffer emotional or sexual abuse. During Minnery's testimony, Franken, holding up a few pieces of paper, said he'd followed the citation to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services.
"I," he said, pausing and shrugging for comedic effect, "checked the study out."
As the room broke into laughter, Franken stared down at Minnery, knowing that the next couple minutes were going to go badly for the gay marriage opponent.
It turns out, Minnery's group had wrongly taken the term "nuclear families" to mean opposite-sex couples.
Minnery was there to give "expert" testimony in opposition to the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA, the 1996 law that bans same sex marriage. By the time Franken was done with him, Minnery didn't seem like much of an expert.
"I frankly don't know how we can trust the rest of your testimony if you are reading studies these ways," Franken said.