E. Douglas Clark
Fundamentalist Mormon E. Douglas Clark is still bitching about marriage equality | via IOF

I happen to believe that the Buttigiegs’ children
hit the parental lottery.

Thursday, at the blog of International Organization for the Family (“IOF”), E. Douglas Clark offers: Stealing from a child on World Children’s Day. Mr. Clark proceeds to confirm the judgment of the Southern Poverty Law Center that IOF is a hate group.

Clark is an attorney. I am not 100% certain but I believe that Mr. Clark, a fundamentalist Mormon, is a resident of Utah with a 1983 JD from Brigham Young University. Clark has a glorified bio at IOF but I can find no evidence that he has ever appeared in federal court. I previously found an appalling lack of rational reasoning on his part.

In 2017 Clark was arguing — without evidence — that marriage equality is bad for children. Thus four years ago, Clark was repeating a (perhaps “the”) losing argument before the Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges. He is doing it again.

Clark’s Opus is topped with a picture of the Buttigiegs, Pete and Chasten. Oh the horror of being a child raised by two extremely smart men, one of whom is the United States Secretary of Transportation and future presidential contender. Pete got to where he is through intellectual prowess, focus, a results-oriented approach and very hard work. What a horrible role model “Mayor Pete,” is!

Ah, the useless repetition:

We urge that this World Children’s Day be a time of resolution and recommitment to stop stealing from children and to give each one the opportunity of being raised by both a mother and a father.

“… the potential adoptive parents that Clark disapproves of are gay couples. None of them give a rat’s ass what this blowhard has to say.”

I am not going to relitigate same-sex parenting. The issue was settled legally with theObergefell ruling. I would like to know just who E. Douglas Clark is trying to influence and to what end.

I mean the potential adoptive parents that Clark disapproves of are gay couples. None of them give a rat’s ass what this blowhard has to say.

E. Douglas Clark seems to think that he improves his ability to influence people with a reference to Katy Faust (which he has a habit of doing). Then he admits that he is making the losing argument, … again:

For those beguiled by a picture of two men smiling at each other while depriving two helpless infants of a mother … Deprived of a father during years of her upbringing by two lesbian “mothers,” Katy reflected on her experience in an open letter to Chief Justice Kennedy as the Supreme Court was deliberating in the Obergefell case.

First of all, Faust is an outlier. Children raised by gay couples are as healthy and happy as their peers raised by opposite-sex couples. Perhaps healthier and happier. Secondly, Faust is a religious extremist. Moreover, that open letter never reached the eyes of the justices of the Supreme Court. It was posted to Witherspoon Institute’s blog. (Witherspoon is led by an Opus Dei numerary who was one of the founders of National Organization for Marriage.)

Faust, by the way, compared children raised by gay couples to children of divorce and children who suffered the death of one parent. How applicable.

Eight years [since the ruling in US v. Windsor], where are all the fucked-up children?

After several paragraphs of United Nations fluff:

[It is “fluff” because it is dated. Moreover, almost all industrialized nations have now legalized same-sex marriage.]

But what do you call it when adults knowingly fail to do so by placing a child with same-sex parents? Our Australian colleague Dr. David van Gend calls it “stealing from a child.” In his incisive book of the same title, van Gend mentions G. K. Chesterton’s dire warning regarding the irreplaceability of both a mother and a father: “This triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.”

In 2016, David van Gend wrote: Stealing from a Child: The Injustice of ‘Marriage Equality’ to influence Australian public policy. (Amazon’s publication date is incorrect.) Van Gend is another loser. Marriage equality came to Australia in 2017.

One question that I continually have for people like E. Douglas Clark and Katy Faust is this:

Gay couples began adopting in larger numbers with the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling in United States v. Windsor (which invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act). Eight years later, where are all the fucked-up children? We are more than 17 years out since Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage. Surely these religious fanatics can find a kid or two from MA to bolster their case.

“Children raised by gay couples are as healthy and happy as their peers raised by opposite-sex couples. Perhaps healthier and happier on average.”

This guy is rather fond of hyperbole:

We urge that this World Children’s Day be a time of resolution and recommitment to stop stealing from children and to give each one the best humankind has to give: the opportunity of being raised by both a mother and a father. Every child needs it—and our civilization depends on it.

Because, as we all know, our civilization went to ruin after Obergefell. But keep making the same idiotic arguments. They failed in Windsor. They failed in Obergefell. They will continue to fail every time they are proffered.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.