Focus on the Family senior vice president Tom Minnery was forced to admit Wednesday that a federal ban on same sex marriage puts children at a financial disadvantage.

Minnery was quizzed by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) while appearing before a Senate panel that is considering legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

“Are they not disadvantaged by not having the same financial benefits that an opposite sex family would have?” Leahy asked.

“Well, as I say, not knowing the details of which families you are speaking off, certainly children are better off with parents in the home,” Minnery replied.

“Yes or no, it’s not a trick question — if you have parents legally married under the laws of the state — one set of parents are entitled to certain financial benefits for their children, the other set of parents are denied those same financial benefits for their children…are not those children of the second family, are they not at a disadvantage, yes or no?” Leahy pressed.

“That would be yes, as you asked the question earlier Senator,” Minnery admitted finally.

Watch this video from the Senate Judiciary Committee, broadcast July 20, 2011.

(H/T: Think Progress)