Originally posted by souro
Do I think such arguments would've been successful in convincing a diverse audience (as in audience comprising people from various countries) that being born to a single mom in a small town in India is better? Most probably not. It worked because most people here are from the subcontinent and felt good seeing arguments defending their country/ region. The likes of the people most probably got biased and strayed from practicality. But even then, the judgement of the side defending the Indian mom has to be commended because they successfully gauged the audience and arguments that will pull them.
So, overall I'll say that they did do a very good job even when the odds were against them and they had very limited space in which to manouvre.
Here is where I will disagree. I actually thought the US lesbian side would be harder to debate. I'm basing this on the arguments I was preparing against Gauri, as I promised to do in case no one responded.
1) The economic opportunities in the United States is a model minority bubble. There is plenty of evidence of limited economic, education and growth opportunities in the cancer belt/bible belt/coal belt etc. Even beyond that anyone living in USA becomes aware that economic opportunities lie with the coasties and select Metropolis. Half the Indians in USA think I am making up the place and state I live in - its all a blur unless you mention Chicago.
2) There are also neutral studies on single parent vs gay upbringing related to gender socialization, peer identity etc.
3) There is also plenty of evidence on hate crime against children of gay parents as well as covert discrimination, as well as mental health issues due to seclusion and isolation.
But you are right, rather than choose the grounded citation route the other side very brilliantly and cleverly chose to go for the mass appeal route that tugs at the heartstrings. Which is why they ended up winning for the sheer tact in knowing the pulse of the masses. It is my opinion
that proper debate has no room for personal experience or emotions, but facts that lead to conclusions. But the the average masses feel more than think - hence the outcome.