|Same-sex families provide much love and support.|
The groups backing up Lopez, Stefanowicz, Warwick, etc. don't provide homes. They take away homes. They
don't offer solutions. Instead they trot out pretty boxes of perfect
family lives to the American people. Unwrap those boxes and you will
find an emptiness with an echo as loud as the one in their chests, where
their hearts, souls and integrity should be.
Already in 2015, we have seen surreptitious, but nonetheless, vulgar attacks on same-sex families.
Earlier this year, anti-gay groups and spokespeople rallied behind four individuals who filed an amicus brief to the federal courts speaking against marriage equality. What was different about this brief was that these four individuals are adults who were allegedly raised in same-sex households.
According to Zack Ford from Think Progress
All four are in the spotlight now for their amicus briefs urging
federal courts to uphold state bans on same-sex marriage. In these
briefs, they explain how having a gay parent scarred them for life. They missed out
on a “vital dual-gender influence,” they argue, and allowing same-sex
marriage will similarly harm other children because “the gay community”
doesn’t put children first, instead using them as “props to be publicly
displayed.” In turn, “children lose forever their rights to know and be
raised by their married biological father and mother.”
In addition to their briefs — which they are expected to replicate
for consideration by the Supreme Court — their own additional writing is
attracting a lot of attention. One of the four, Katy Faust, published a piece at conservative outlet
Public Discourse . . . asking the Supreme Court to consider her
experience. It has been shared about 150,000 times and even crashed the site due to its traffic. Brittany Newmark Klein, writing under a pen-name, followed suit at The Federalist.
Ford also pointed out that the four (Robert Oscar Lopez
, Dawn Stefanowicz
, Brittany Newmark Klein, and Katy Faust) are known for either their anti-gay rhetoric or aligning themselves with anti-gay groups over the years (Editor's note - click on the above links to read past statements and posts about Lopez and Stefanowicz).
As if that isn't enough, a "child's right activist" by the name of Heather Barwick published a column this month presumptuously called Dear Gay Community: Your Kids Are Hurting
. In this piece, which was published by The Federalist (the same publication which published Klein's piece)
, Barwick claimed that she was raised in a lesbian household, and thus was deprived the love of a father:
Same-sex marriage and parenting withholds either a mother or father from
a child while telling him or her that it doesn’t matter. That it’s all
the same. But it’s not. A lot of us, a lot of your kids, are hurting. My
father’s absence created a huge hole in me, and I ached every day for a
dad. I loved my mom’s partner, but another mom could never have
replaced the father I lost.
Together these five, as if by coincidence, repeat anti-gay dogma that same-sex households raising children cause harm because they allegedly deprive children of the "traditional mother and father dynamic."
And they also omit or ignore the mitigating factors which led to their alleged "deprived upbringings," such as the Barwick's father abandoning her or Stefanowicz's father being an all-around negative individual which was independent of his sexual orientation.