Even among the anti-gay right, Robert Oscar Lopez is a particularly bizarre voice. The only person who makes arguments that are on the same level of idiocy as him is Scott Lively. On Sandy Rios’ show this week he declared that allowing gay people to have children violates the 13th Amendment. Look at this argument:
I believe every child has a natural born right to his mother and father and ultimately those rights were taken away from them because adults made a decision that the child was not a party to because he didn’t exist or was too young to decide that. Even if you could come up with some study that showed that 95% of the children are okay with it, we as a society already went through a huge debate in the United States about owning other people and we decided — the Thirteenth Amendment is worded very sweepingly not just to ban what was specifically happening on Southern plantations but to ban any kind of practice. It says ‘slavery shall not exist,’ any kind of arrangement where you have a legal contract upon another human being is banned.So the mother-father relationship to the child is a natural one that is structured around obligations to the child, anytime that you turn that around and you say that adults have a right to a child, really all of society then becomes put into an ethical problem because all of society is redefining what it means to be human, what it means to be a child, what it means to be a free citizen and what it means to have freedom. I don’t think you can really be free if you’re born with a price on your head.
Uh, Robert…by your “reasoning,” parenting itself would be slavery. If “any kind of arrangement where you have a legal contract upon another human being is banned,” then parenthood itself is banned. A pair of straight parents have precisely the same authority over a child as a gay parent does and the child of straight parents had precisely the same choice in the matter as the child of gay parents. And this guy teaches at a university, for crying out loud.