Jessie Rose Foote, the daughter of two people who made horrible and deeply personal comments about her orientation while arguing against marriage equality, has now had her side of the story told in the Herald.
Under a different byline, one notes.
And Jessie sounds like a damn lovely person.
Despite it all she said she still loved her parents very much.
“Of course, I’d like more than anything to still be in their lives like I was. It’s just sad that, through their interpretation of the Bible, they’ve had to take such a stand,” she said.
Jesse Foote, did, however, admire her dad for standing up for what he believed in.
“I just wish he believed in something that wasn’t condemning my lifestyle. It is just heartbreaking that these strong religious beliefs have to come above everything, even family, and cause such division.”
If he was willing, she’d gladly resume their father-daughter relationship.
Despite the rift, Foote, the middle child of five, said she made sure her 11-year-old daughter visited her parents regularly.
“They’re not bad people and I want my daughter to go there because I think it’s important for her. They are, after all, her grandparents.”
Suffice it to say … I would not be so magnanimous. So all kudos and warm fuzzies to Jessie.
None to “journalist” Kathryn Powley – or, perhaps, the douchebag sub-editor who chose to put this little summary at the top of the article:
Conservative stance pits parents against lesbian daughter.
Um, it’s not a “conservative stance”, it’s labelling her entire life as “evil”. And she’s not just a “lesbian daughter”, she’s a parent, too, in a committed civil union. But expressing “Homophobic bigotry pits douchebags against an independent woman they still seem to think they own” wouldn’t give us the same “middle NZ vs scary radicals with buzzcuts” vibe, would it now?
Congratulations to the Herald for finding its ethics. Boo hiss for losing them again practically immediately.