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Dustin Lance Black told ‘two blokes shouldn’t raise a child’ by radio caller

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Dustin Lance Black. | Photo: Web Summit / Flickr

Dustin Lance Black responded to a radio caller who takes issues with him and Tom Daley’s forthcoming baby.

Appearing on Radio 5 on Tuesday (27 March), Dustin answered calls from the public.

And while there’s been overwhelming public support for the pair since Richard Littlejohn’s Daily Mail opinion column, some take issue with the happy couple’s decision.

‘I don’t think two blokes can bring a baby up’

The caller told the Oscar-winning filmmaker that ‘two blokes shouldn’t raise a child’.

‘I don’t agree with Lance on a few things, that’s just my opinion. I agree with surrogacy, I think it’s good,” he said.

‘The only thing I disagree with – and you’re not gonna like this Lance I’m afraid – I’ll just say my sister is gay and I’ve got two nephews what are gay.

‘I don’t have an issue with gay people, I want to make that quite clear.

Tom Daley, Dustin Lance Black announced they were to become parents on Twitter

Tom Daley, Dustin Lance Black announced they were to become parents on Twitter | Photo: Twitter/DustinLanceBlack

‘But the only thing I don’t agree with, and it’s just something eating away at me and I’ve thought about it for a few years actually, is that I don’t think two blokes can bring a baby up. You need the mother there. The mother’s the one.

‘They are very different to us. I know it’s probably hard for you to understand that, but they are very different, women.

‘I’ve look after my own son between six and nine months when my partner had to go to work, and it’s so, so difficult.’

Dustin Lance Black: ‘Children raised by single parents all the time’

But Dustin addressed the man’s concerns, saying plenty of children grow up without a mother or father.

‘I do have to say, there are all different kinds of families out there in the world, and for many different reasons – some more tragic than others – children are raised by single parents all the time,’ he replied.

‘I was raised by a single mother for some difficult reasons – I think I had a very strong mother who raised me incredibly well.

“Will it be important that out son meets women in his life? Absolutely, and that will be there.

‘It would be wrong to deprive a child of that – and frankly bizarre and probably impossible.’

The interview is also available as part of the ‘Dustin Lance Black: There’s something about surrogacy’ hour-long special.

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