'My Father Was Gay and I Oppose Gay Marriage'

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A Canadian author who was brought up by her homosexual father and his multiple partners has expressed opposition to same-sex marriage.

Dawn Stefanowicz, who has written a book about the "impact" her upbringing had, says that she is one of many brought up in the homosexual community who support traditional marriage.

Her story has similarities with that of Hetty Baynes Russell, a woman who has said being brought up by two mothers was "damaging and confusing," and warned of the potential for "irreparable, long-term damage to a child."

'Denied the Impact'

Mrs. Stefanowicz said that for a long time she "denied the impact" her childhood had had and lied to protect her father and his partners.

However, when she reached her late 20s and early 30s she decided to go "public" and oppose same-sex marriage.

She said: "Due to media silencing, political correctness, GLBT lobbying efforts and loss of freedom of speech, it is very hard to tell my story."

'Adults' Desires'

"But I am not alone. Over 50 adult children from alternative households, plus ex-spouses with children, and parents who have left the 'gay' lifestyle have contacted me. Very few children will share their stories publicly.

"For many of us adult children of gay parents, we have come to the conclusion that same-sex marriage is more about promoting adults' 'desires' than about safeguarding children's rights to know and be raised by their biological parents."

Earlier this month, Hetty Baynes Russell, 58, said her unconventional parental setup fostered "a life of confusion and a lack of emotional security," which landed her in therapy for many years, "trying to make sense of it all".

She said that, "far from being a healthy, nurturing state of affairs, this arrangement—where I was caught in a destructive, triangular battle for my mother's affection with another woman, while forced to watch helplessly as my father was emasculated and airbrushed from our lives—was simultaneously damaging and confusing."

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