I’m quite late to report this, but on April 21 “Dear Abby” gave her opinion about Dr. Dobson’s theories on the origins of sexual orientation. Without coming right out and calling Dr. Dobson an idiot, she sidestepped the whole “make him gay” issue and gave some helpful and reassuring advice:

DEAR ABBY: My husband, “Ron,” and I are at odds over parenting our 7-year-old son, “Brett.” My husband is very domestic. He cooks like a world-class chef and does more housework than any man I know of.

I have read Dr. James Dobson’s books on family. He clearly states that a father should be the manly role model for the son, to prevent the son from being homosexual. I’m concerned that Brett will learn feminine ways from my husband and turn out to be gay. How can I convince Ron that he needs to teach Brett the more manly things in life?

— Worried Mom in Florida

DEAR WORRIED MOM: From my perspective, you don’t need to change a thing. With all due respect to Dr. Dobson, your husband is already a manly role model to your son. He is teaching the boy important survival skills that will be invaluable when he is older. With luck, your son will turn out to be every bit the man — and father — that your husband is.

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