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Rep. Marjorie Greene's Remarks on Stepmothers Ignite Debate

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By Michael MH | | April 27, 2023

At a recent congressional hearing, U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) asserted that stepmothers are not "real" mothers because they are not a child's biological parent. Greene's comment was aimed at Randi Weingarten, who leads the country's second-largest teachers' union and is also a stepmother.

When asked by Greene about her being a mother, Weingarten responded, "I am a mother

through marriage. And my wife is here with me. So I'm really glad that she's here." Greene spent most of her allotted time attacking Weingarten on various topics, including the teacher's union chief submitting a plan to the CDC on how to protect students during the COVID crisis. [1][2]

Greene's comments have been met with backlash from adopted children and their parents. In July 2022, after the U.S. Supreme Court revoked a woman's right to choose, Greene referred to adoptive parents as "fake," as reported by Newsweek. She claimed that traditional family values were being destroyed and that biological parents should raise their children together.

Philadelphia sports radio host Glen Macnow criticized Greene's remarks, stating, "I don't tweet politics nor usually care about the rantings of a moron. But as part of a family where we are blessed to have adopted members, her referring to non-biological parents as 'fake mom and fake dad' is too offensive to ignore."[1][2]

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U.S. Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-FL) took to Twitter to condemn Greene's statements, saying, "My mom and dad adopted me at birth and they are my parents. Fuck you and your bigoted questions." Many others, including adopted children, adoptive parents, and individuals not directly affected by the issue, have also expressed their disapproval of Greene's comments.

MSNBC anchor and legal analyst Katie Phang tweeted, "What disgusting filth from MTG. It’s unconscionable to go after amazing people like @rweingarten and countless others who provide unconditional love and support for their children, regardless of whether they’re the biological parents." Political commentator and think tank CEO Sally Kohn posted a video clip of Greene's remarks and wrote, "Here is the moment where Marjorie Taylor Greene suggested that Randi Weingarten, and EVERYONE who has stepchildren or adopted children are not real parents. Just nasty and offensive, not to mention wrong!

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