‘Redefining marriage redefines parenthood’

Mar 4, 2015

A woman raised by a lesbian couple has written an open letter to a US Supreme Court judge urging him not to redefine marriage.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether or not same-sex marriage is a constitutional right in June.

Katy Faust, a blogger and mother of four wrote: “You don’t hear much from us because, as far as the media are concerned, it’s impossible that we could both love our gay parent(s) and oppose gay marriage. Many are of the opinion I should not exist. But I do, and I’m not the only one.”

She said it used to be natural for her to be protective of her mother’s situation, describing herself as a “public service announcement for gay parenting”.

But she admitted her lauding of gay parents was a “lie”. “My parents divorce has been the most traumatic event in my thirty-eight years of life.”

“This should come as no surprise to anyone who is willing to remove the politically correct lens that we all seem to have over our eyes.”

Stressing the importance of her husband as a father figure to their children she said: “We play complementary roles in their lives, and neither of us is disposable. In fact, we are both critical.”

The blogger said her own mother was an “exceptional parent” who loved and nurtured her but continued: “This is about the missing parent.”

According to Faust, “Redefining marriage redefines parenthood” and legalising same-sex marriage “promotes a family structure where children will always suffer loss”.

“In same-sex headed households, the desires of the adults trump the rights of the child.”

A recent study in the British Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science has found that children face more difficulties when raised by gay parents.

American sociologist Paul Sullins concluded: “Emotional problems [are] over twice as prevalent for children with same-sex parents than for children with opposite-sex parents.”