One year after Out from Under came My Daddy’s Secret, a staggering memoir about a girl growing up with a transgender father in 1970s Pennsylvania. Written by Denise Shick, now director of Help4Families Ministry, this book feels more surreal than Like Mother Like Daughter or Out from Under. Shick describes the strange jealousy and lurid obsessiveness of her father. As she was about to walk down the wedding aisle, he whispered into her ear, “it should have been me in that dress.” His proclivities also led him to snoop through his daughter’s underwear, watch her every move, and fondle her to see how much she was growing.
Jakii Edwards, Dawn Stefanowicz, and Denise Shick all discuss their work with other COGs in their books. Edwards and Shick had ministries while Stefanowicz archived dozens of stories from children of same-sex couples, publishing a number of them on her website. Between these authors’ contacts and the contacts of more recent arrivals to the scene such as Faust and Edelman, there must be well over one hundred testimonials that could be indexed and submitted for serious study. The resources have been around for a decade and a half for conservatives to draw from.
The following attorneys general cannot go before the Supreme Court having been tasked with defending traditional marriage, and say, “I don’t know” when Justice Kennedy asks what proof exists of the harms done to children by gay marriage. The COGs have a lot of documentation. Ignoring COGs now is not just bad conservatism, it’s bad lawyering. At the links below emails are available in case readers want to drop these attorneys general a line and encourage them to consult with COGs:
Robert Oscar Lopez is an English and Classics professor in Los Angeles, and author of Colorful Conservative: American Conversations with the Ancients from Wheatley to Whitman (2011) and Jephthah’s Daughters: Innocent Casualties in the War for Family ‘Equality’ (2015). Jephthah’s Daughters will be available at createspace.com bookstore and Amazon.com after February 25, 2015. He edits English Manif.