Behold, the ‘Quartet of Truth’

The Christian right has a new strategy to fight the evils of The Gay. They’re trotting out four people who were raised by gay parents — the “Quartet of Truth” — to talk about how horrible their childhood was and how that somehow justified not letting gay couples get married.

As the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals considers whether to strike down laws in three states banning same-sex “marriage,” four adult children of homosexual parents have filed court briefings arguing that government-sanctioned homosexual unions could lead to disaster for thousands of kids.

Katy Faust, Dawn Stefanowicz, B.N. Klein, and Robert Oscar Lopez, who were all raised by homosexual parents, each submitted briefs to the 5th Circuit opposing the legalization of same-sex “marriage.” Recounting childhood memories of households made deeply dysfunctional by their parents’ sexual appetites and the radical subculture that went along with their “gay” identities, all four argued that redefining marriage to include homosexual couples will likely lead to the exploitation and abuse of countless children for political and personal gain.

Yes, that’s the same utterly deranged Robert Oscar Lopez who claims that gay parenting is slavery for the child and many other of the most bizarre, extreme and obnoxious claims. The whole argument is so absurd on multiple levels. First of all, not letting gay people get married is not going to stop gay people from being parents. There were hundreds of thousands of children being raised by gay parents long before it was legal for them to get married in any state.

But most importantly, how is this an argument against gay parenting? Four people said they had a bad experience with gay parents and therefore no gay people should be allowed to get married? How is that even remotely a logical argument? Millions and millions of children are abused and neglected in this country every year, nearly all of them by straight parents. Would anyone even think to suggest that this is a reason straight people should not be allowed to get married? If a handful of children raised by interracial parents had filed a brief in Loving v Virginia about their allegedly terrible childhoods, would that have been a good reason for the Supreme Court to have ruled that interracial marriages should be forbidden? Of course not.

Look, gay parents will run the gamut just like straight parents. Some of them will be wonderful parents, some will be horrible parents and most will be somewhere in between. Making this kind of dishonest argument is pure bigotry.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1246980039 caseyboucher

    If anything, the ability of gay parents to raise children who grow up to resent them should demonstrate just how typical their parenting is.

  • http://composer99.blogspot.ca composer99

    and many other of the most bizarre, extreme and obnoxious claims

    In other words, just another Tuesday (er, Friday) for this blog.

  • dobby

    Not surprisingly, they have a log history of bigotry, multiple on line names and other abuses:

    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2015/02/04/3618907/four-kids-gay-parent-oppose-equality/

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Oh yeah, that’s a winning strategy — because there’s no way we’d be able to find four people with stories to tell about dysfunctional upbringings with straight parents. Checkmate, enemies of marriage, it’s game over now!

  • gshelley

    Well that’s the argument that every child raised by a same sex couple is happy and well adjusted completely refuted. Now if only they can find someone who is making it.

  • raven

    You could find way more than 4 people on this blog who were raised xian and turned ex-xian without anything good to say about the religion.

    AFAICT, most people on FTB’s are ex-xians. Oddly enough, as an ex-xian, I’m not one of them. I didn’t really have a problem with my Mainstream church. It was the fundies that made me rethink the whole religion.

    I’m estimating in the USA, you could find millions of kids who were raised fundie or Mormon, traumatized, and escaped the cults. Some of them are now atheist leaders, i.e. Loftus, Barker, etc..

  • Loqi

    They could only find four people who had (allegedly – I’m betting they’re making up much of it) bad parents who were gay? Sounds like gays are on average better at the whole parenting thing, seeing as how I could go to any site about escaping that quiverfull shit and find hundreds of times as many people who grew up in mind-blowingly horrible circumstances with their straight parents.

  • Michael Heath

    Ed concludes:

    Making this kind of dishonest argument is pure bigotry.

    Yes but you need to frame the fact bigots are also determinedly ignorant and idiotic; as illustrated by Robert Lopez.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    They were raised by gay parents, but before gays could get married, and marriage fixes everything.

     

    caseyboucher “If anything, the ability of gay parents to raise children who grow up to resent them should demonstrate just how typical their parenting is.”

    Yes, but every child has the right to be ruined by a bad mother and father. It’s Child Protective Services v Adam & Eve not Child Protective Services v Adam & Steve!

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  • Larry

    That’ll do, dingo. That’ll do.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Well that’s the argument that every child raised by a same sex couple is happy and well adjusted completely refuted. Now if only they can find someone who is making it.

    Wait, they did find such a person. He’s made of straw, and you don’t want to know which hole they pulled him out of.

  • thebookofdave

    Pfft! All they have to make their case is a lousy Quartet of Truth. I think the Quartet-of-dingo knows how to dispense with their briefs.

  • DaveL

    So how do they feel about letting people from Yorkshire get married and raise children?

  • dingojack

    DaveL – before we wed Yorkshire men, let’s do t’following. [/Yorkshire accent]

    😀 Dingo

  • abb3w

    Google News seems to suggest that the phrase may have been coined by the lawyer for the quartet, a David Boyle. This appears to be the same David Boyle who filed an Amicus brief to the SCOTUS in the Hollingsworth case, and who has filed one in the pending case of DeBoer v. Snyder. Tony Perkins at the FRC also has used the phrase, but appears to have adopted it later.

    I’m wondering just how jealous the religious right is of the marketing associated to the Atheists’ “Four Horsemen”?