Robert Oscar Lopez Is a Bitter, Bitter Man

Robert Oscar Lopez is a very unusual anti-gay bigot. He confesses to being bisexual himself (though I imagine God has helped him suppress one side of that) and he was raised by lesbian parents. And holy shit, is he bitter about that. I mean really, really bitter. Just read this column.

COLAGE’s and PFLAG’s poster children are well-spoken and probably good-hearted people. Bless them. But if you read John Okada’s No-No Boy, you will find that most Japanese-Americans whose families were interned opted to serve in the United States military. These happy Japanese-Americans were actually exceedingly harsh, even cruel, to the Japanese-Americans who defied the government and tried to resist internment. There are always some people – often a seeming majority – among an aggrieved group who say they have no grievances; they usually say the complainers are crazy, bitter, wrong, or un-American.

In 2030, you won’t have to worry about PFLAG’s wunderkinder. It’s the others you will have to worry about, because there will be a lot of them, and like the Japanese-Americans who came around to contesting what Roosevelt did to them, they will be organized and demanding to be repaid for what was taken from them: gender diversity, gender equality at home, their heritage, their legacy, their identity.

Reparations for the children of gay people? Seriously? Look, maybe his parents were horrible at it. Maybe they were absolutely terrible parents (gay people can be just as horrible as straight people, of course). But Lopez does not use the millions and millions of abusive or neglectful straight parents as a reason to bash straight parents. Bitter, party of one. Your table is ready.

Whatever the numbers of kids being raised in gay homes might be right now, with the rise of gay marriage, there was a rise in kids being raised by gay couples. Those responsible for gay marriage will be responsible for thousands upon thousands of individual children who would not have been raised by same-sex couples were it not for actions taken by the government.

Uh, why? We aren’t going to be taking kids away from straight couples and giving them to gay couples. Gay couples will be more likely to be allowed to adopt children, but that’s a good thing and it would only deprive those children of being moved from foster home to foster home. We have tens of thousands of children waiting to be adopted in this country. This is just a bizarre claim.

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  • StevoR

    To quote Mr T : I pity the fool.

    I actually genuinely do pity this man – totally disagree with him yes, but also pity and hope he changes his mind and finds happiness and becomes a better person. Which I do think is almost always possible and hope I’m an example of myself.

  • eric

    [Lopez] Those responsible for gay marriage will be responsible for thousands upon thousands of individual children who would not have been raised by same-sex couples were it not for actions taken by the government.

    [Ed] Uh, why?

    I think at the heart of the conservative position is this daydream that people will just stop being gay if only they prevent these marriages. If SSM is legal, Alice will marry Beatrice and they will adopt Charlie: these folk think that if SSM remains illegal, Alice will instead marry Bob and adopt Charlie. They don’t consider that the most realistic outcome of keeping SSM illegal is that Alice remains unmarried and Charlie never gets adopted. Likewise with biological parents: Alice has Charlie. Under SSM she might marry Beatrice. With SSM illegal, they think she will happily marry Bob instead of remaining a single parent.

    Thus when Lopez says “…who would not have been raised by same-sex couples…” , what he is really implying is that all of these children will have happily married hetero parents instead. Its a pipe dream, but I think its an understandable one if you start with the fundie premise that everyone is hetero and homosexuality is just a choice to sin.

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

    Uh, why? We aren’t going to be taking kids away from straight couples and giving them to gay couples.

    ARENT YOU?!! ARENT YOU?!!!

     

    Gay couples will be more likely to be allowed to adopt children, but that’s a good thing and it would only deprive those children of being moved from foster home to foster home. We have tens of thousands of children waiting to be adopted in this country.

    BETTER FOR THEM TO HAVE NO PARENTS THAN FOR THEM TO HAVE A SMALL RISK OF GETTING BAD PARENTS!!! BAD STRAIGHT PARENTS IS FINE!!! BECAUSE!!!

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    Its a pipe dream, but I think its an understandable one if you start with the fundie premise that everyone is hetero and homosexuality is just a choice to sin.

    Or, conversely, that homosexuality is so attractive that the reason we’re not all already gay-married is that it hasn’t been legal.

  • LightningRose

    Well, Lopez certainly is one fucked-up individual.

    Nature or nurture, we’ll sadly never know.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ LightningRose : Probably a mixture of both. It usually is I think.

  • http://sidhe3141.blogspot.com jy3, Social Justice Beguiler

    <span class=”sarcasm”>Yes, because having to work twice as hard to be considered half as good, getting thrown into a prison camp for happening to look a bit like the enemy, and coming back to find your until-then successful business burned to the ground is exactly the same as being raised by two people who happen to be the same sex.</span>

  • frankgturner

    The few times I have heard of a child being raised by one or two gay parenta (note: I have not heard Bobby Lopez here bitching about one parent who is heterosexual, since he is so he’ll bent on a 2 parent household) it is due to religious indoctrination. Akemi Carter comes to mind. I suspect this is what Bobby and his ilk are hiding behind.