Behold, the ‘Quartet of Truth’

Behold, the ‘Quartet of Truth’ February 6, 2015

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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