Maggie Gallagher

Children with a gay parent, Lopez says, are typically kids like him, the product of a previous heterosexual relationship. By declaring the children of "bisexuals" off limits, critics of Regnerus are seeking to shut out the voices of the majority of children with a gay parent, Lopez says, the voices of people like him

He went on to say that Regnerus "deserves tremendous credit -- and the gay community ought to be crediting him rather than trying to silence him."

"Regnerus' study identified 248 adult children of parents who had same-sex romantic relationships. Offered a chance to provide frank responses with the hindsight of adulthood, they gave reports unfavorable to the gay marriage equality agenda. Yet the results are backed up by an important thing in life called common sense. ... Like my story, these 248 people's stories deserve to be told. The gay movement is doing everything it can to make sure that nobody hears them. "

Lopez says, "I cherish my mother's memory, but I don't mince words when talking about how hard it was to grow up in a gay household "

Not all children with gay parents feel this way, of course.

But some do.

These children deserve better than to be told that science has proven they do not exist, or to have those who are bringing forth their truths be persecuted for doing so.

Because, in the end, reality has a way of biting back ideology every time.

Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.