Conservatives Outraged By MSNBC Mom Talking to Daughter About Gay Marriage

One commentator described this conversation between a mother and daughter as a form of "child abuse."

BY Lucas Grindley

April 06 2013 2:53 PM ET

Conservatives are outraged by an MSNBC host who talked with her daughter in an online segment about whether it's OK if gays and lesbians marry the people they love.

Krystal Ball is co-host of MSNBC's The Cycle, and the conversation with her daughter stuck to the basics of who is legally allowed to marry who in their home state of New York. It could be similar to how parents in that state have explained life in New York state.

Glenn Beck's website, The Blaze, labeled the moment "Cringe-Inducing." The headline on conservative blog, "Liberty Unyielding," claimed, "MSNBC’s Krystal Ball exploits own 5-year-old daughter on TV to promote gay marriage."

Writing for conservative firebrand Michelle Malkin's website, Doug Powers called Ball's questions a form of child abuse. "Flip the subject being pushed on the little girl to something like pro-life values and MSNBC would be reporting it as child abuse," Powers wrote. "I’ll say this much: At least in this example it’s her own kid instead of a room full of other people’s children."

Exactly what's appropriate for conversation between a parent and child came up recently for conservatives when Ronald Reagan's daughter, Patti Davis, said her father explained to her when she was "very young" that "some men are born wanting to love another man."

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