TUPELO, Miss. — More anti-gay rhetoric on Wednesday from American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer, who took to Twitter to advocate for an underground railroad to “deliver innocent children from same-sex households.”
In the tweet, Fischer points to Robert Oscar Lopez’s essay blaming his mother and her partner for his social issues as proof of “why we need an Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children from same-sex households.”
Lopez’s essay included this statement:
[...] “Quite simply, growing up with gay parents was very difficult, and not because of prejudice from neighbors. People in our community didn’t really know what was going on in the house. To most outside observers, I was a well-raised, high-achieving child, finishing high school with straight A’s.
Inside, however, I was confused. When your home life is so drastically different from everyone around you, in a fundamental way striking at basic physical relations, you grow up weird. I have no mental health disorders or biological conditions. I just grew up in a house so unusual that I was destined to exist as a social outcast.”
LGBT families are not a new phenomenon. There are over 650,000 same-sex couples raising nearly 250,000 childen, according to the 2010 U.S. Census data.
“Fischer’s call for kidnapping children from same-sex partners is not only offensive, but a harmful mis-characterization of families that struggle daily to provide loving and safe home environments despite significant legal, financial and dignitary inequality,” said Maureen McCarty, a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign.