Julianne Moore speaks out in favor of gay parents

Tue Nov 2, 2010 3:18pm EDT
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By Silvia Aloisi

ROME (Reuters) - Actress Julianne Moore spoke out in favor of same-sex parents as she presented "The Kids Are All Right," a film where she and Annette Bening play a long-term lesbian couple raising their teenaged children.

The movie was screened at the Rome film festival, where Moore will receive a life-time acting award later on Tuesday.

Moore told reporters that studies had shown children of same-sex couples were "healthy and happy and everything you'd want them to be."

"What children need is two loving parents. It doesn't matter if they are two mums, or two dads, or a mum and a dad," she said.

"Parenting is about the time you put in and the investment you make in ushering this little child and turning it into an adult," the mother of two said. "Whether you are a woman or a man, that is what your job is."

The film by director Lisa Cholodenko, which premiered in Berlin earlier this year, portrays the lesbian pair as an ordinary, modern couple trying to be good parents.

Their life is turned upside down when their children contact their biological father and Jules, played by Moore, begins to fall for him.

Moore, an active supporter of gay marriage, said the film was more a reflection on what it means to be a family and showed that simply being the biological father does not make someone a better parent.   Continued...

<p>Actress Julianne Moore arrives on the red carpet to attend the screening of her film 'The kids are all right' at the Rome Film Festival, November 2, 2010. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico</p>