"how can we expect that we will be able to celebrate the mothers and the fathers in this nation for much longer? If we are acknowledging the concept of parenthood, aren’t we ignoring those that chose to enter relationships where conception and parenthood is not possible?
By honoring our mothers and our fathers are we not also condoning an “extremely heteronormative” lifestyle which may be considered insensitive to the gay and lesbian community who cannot–or more accurately, choose not to–become mothers and fathers through the natural process?"
Nope, I know tons of gay people that are parents. I also know many people in 'heteronormative' relationships that are choosing not to have children, or just maybe won't get around to it.
However, they all have a mom, and a dad and most honor their parents and have a good relationship with them. They are the ones, afterall, who raised, love and support their children in their 'alternative lifestyles'.