The following comes from a November 10 Patheos article by Kathy Schiffer:
Robert Oscar Lopez grew up with two moms. Lopez, who is now a professor of English and Classics at California State Northridge, was raised by his lesbian mother and her partner. He was loved, but it was hard–he always felt like a misfit in society, and he didn’t learn the relationship skills that would have enabled him to fit in.
Lopez wrote a personal reminiscence about the problems he faced in a two-mother household, in an August 2012 essay in Public Discourse. His report dealt with his own feelings, and did not make the case against gay marriage or gay rights; nonetheless, he was immediately attacked by GLAAD and other gay and lesbian rights organizations.
In October 2014, he chronicled the gay rights movement’s effort to target him in an essay in First Things magazine. His personal narrative was, Lopez explained, re-categorized by LGBT activists as “hate speech.” Invitations to speak at college campuses were withdrawn; the Human Rights Campaign classified him as an “exporter of hate”; he’s received angry, obscene emails and voicemails.
Explaining his difficult childhood in First Things, Lopez wrote:
“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.”
Now Professor Lopez is apparently on the verge of being suspended without pay, ostensibly due to a conference, “Bonds that Matter,” that he organized a year ago.
Please sign the petition asking the Chancellor of the University to drop all charges against Dr. Lopez. Every time someone signs this petition, the Public Affairs office of Cal State receives an email.