Children of Same Sex Couples Speak Out

TOPIC: Children of Same Sex Couples Speak Out
Robert Oscar Lopez, Kathy Faust, Denise Shick, Dawn Stefanowicz

Over 10 years after the Massachusetts State Supreme Court Goodridge decision was rendered which proclaimed gay marriage legal, the children of same sex parents have been silenced.

“When will the voices of the children of these unions be heard?” asks a group of authors and scholars, all raised by gay or lesbian parents. Given the likelihood that the scientific community has studied, often with taxpayer funding, virtually every nuance and permutation of groups and their relations based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, income, age and other configurations, their apparent lack of curiosity regarding the social phenomena of gay marriage is a fascinating illustration of an absence of scientific objectivity and integrity.

These authors and scholars, who are representing the “International Children’s Rights Institute” will be in Washington D.C. where they are in the process of filing amicus curiae briefs before the US Supreme Court asking the Court to protect the rights of children to have a mother and a father under the provisions recognized by the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution.

We hope that once the noise generated by the question of gay marriage, the cries for civil rights, marriage equality, and fairness dies down, an objective analysis might take place that will dispassionately and scientifically research the effects of these relationships on the participants and the children, minors who are given no option other than to participate. We would expect nothing less from a community with a penchant for wrapping itself in the flag of legitimate science and scientific certainty.

Katy Faust’s mother has been in a same-sex relationship for 28 years. Ms. Faust studied Asian Studies and Political Science at St. Olaf College and received a Fulbright to study in Taiwan. She has served as the Assistant Director for the largest Chinese adoption agency in the country, Chinese Children Charities. She blogs at and recently published one of the most popular posts at Public Discourse, “Dear Justice Kennedy.” She is married with four children.

Robert Oscar Lopez is president of the International Children’s Rights Institute and lead editor of Jephthah’s Daughters: Innocent Casualties in the War for Family ‘Equality.’ A graduate of Yale College and SUNY Buffalo, he holds degrees in political science, Classics, and English. Raised by a lesbian mother with the help of her lifelong female partner, Lopez began speaking out on same-sex parenting in 2012 and has published dozens of essays in American Thinker, Public Discourse, Federalist, First Things, Daily Caller, and Tempi, among others. He is married and has two children.

Denise Shick is the Founder and Executive Director of Help 4 Families Ministry ( Having grown up with a transsexual gay father, she is the author of My Daddy’s Secret, When Hope is Lost, and Understanding Gender Confusion – A Faith-Based Perspective. She is also editor of Dangerous Affirmations. She has been interviewed on several Christian radio and television programs throughout the US. She presents conferences and workshops on Gender Identity Dysphoria and the impacts on family members. She is married with four children.

Dawn Stefanowicz is the author of Out from Under: The Impact of Homosexual Parenting. She also edits a blog ( where she collects resources and testimonials dealing with children of same-sex couples. She was rasied by a gay father with the involvement of several of his partners. She has given countless interviews and testimonies not only with press outlets such as Washington Times but also for legislatures in places as far ranging as New England and Latin America. Her book Out from Under has been translated into several other languages and remains of interest to people in many parts of the world. A licensed accountant in Canada, she is married with two children.

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