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Professor Raised by Lesbian Mothers: US Gov't May Have to Pay 'Reparations' to Children of Same-Sex Parents for Accepting Gay Marriage

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A protester holds a sign against same sex marriage in front of the Supreme Court before the court hears arguments about gay marriage in Washington, April 28, 2015. The nine justices of the Supreme Court began on Tuesday to hear arguments on whether the Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, taking up a contentious social issue in what promises to be the year's most anticipated ruling. |

An English professor at California State University-Northridge, who was raised by two lesbian mothers, claims that the federal government could be liable for paying "reparations" to thousands of children raised by same-sex parents due to the emotional damage suffered from being deprived of opposite-sex parents.

Professor Robert Oscar Lopez, who is openly bisexual and also married, wrote in an op-ed for the American Thinker that somewhere between 100,000 and 500,000 children could be placed in homes with same-sex parents in the next 15 years as a result of state and federal governments' growing acceptance of same-sex marriage and same-sex parenting.

"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," Lopez wrote. "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."

As the Supreme Court is set to rule in June whether or not states are constitutionally obliged to issue same-sex marriage licenses, a ruling assuring such a constitutional right could result in a future generation of children growing up and taking legal action for the emotional harm they suffered from being raised in a same-sex household, Lopez asserted.

"A sizable number of these citizens could come together and document losses, damages, or 'pain and suffering' incurred because they were forced to grow up in same-sex parenting home as opposed to home with a mother and father," Lopez stated. "If so, there will be grounds for later Congresses, Supreme Courts, and presidential administrations—ones that aren't as cowed by the gay lobby as our current leaders – to go back and investigate how gay marriage passed, how it led to depriving children of a mother or father and who has to pay up."

Lopez, who co-authored an amicus brief to the Supreme Court cautioning against the dangers of same-sex parenting, authored a hypothetical scenario in which a group of 9,000 adults who were raised by same-sex parents came together in 2030 looking to sue the the federal government for reparations after being raised in same-sex households.

"What will the investigators of 2030 find? There are more than a few details that will not look great," he argued. "When our imaginary hero of 2030 travels back to 2015, he will not find lawmakers, judges, or a Fourth Estate that lacked substantiated warnings about the likelihood of large-scale problems resulting from gay marriage."

Rev. Dr. D. Paul Sullins, a professor of sociology at Catholic University of America, recently released findings he compiled from the U.S. government's National Health Interview Survey that found that 32.4 percent of children in married same-sex households report crying or being fearful everyday.

Lopez co-edited a book of essays (Jephthah's Daughter's: Innocent Casualties in the War for Family Equality) that documented all the parties in society that are harmed by same-sex marriage. The book was published in February and included 57 essays and over 500 endnotes.

"Our book was published in February of 2015 and brought to the attention of the Supreme Court through our amicus briefs," he explained. "Mind you, these 480-plus pages of documentation include copious details of the impact of children, and they represent only what has been documented up to February 2015."

Lopez compared people seeking reparations for being raised by same-sex parents to the over 100,000 Japanese-Americans that received $20,000 each from the U.S. government for damages incurred while being placed in internment camps during World War II.

"The fifty-second or fifty-third president of the United States may have to answer to well over 500,000 citizens who were permanently cut off from their own biological heritage, forced to live in sex-segregated homes for two decades or more, and then denied not only the actual inheritances they should have gotten from the excluded biological parents, but also their cultural identities," Lopez wrote.

"In the case of Japanese internment, there was a war, and America had been attacked by the Japanese air force," Lopez added. "Children of gay parents didn't bomb anyone, yet they were stripped of one of their parents without due process and forced to live in the homes of unrelated gay adults for eighteen years."

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