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Woman raised by gay mothers comes out against gay marriage

By Mason White 10:14 AM March 20, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
A woman raised by two mothers came out against gay marriage because she missed having her father in her life when she was growing up.

31-year-old Heather Barwick, who is now a mother of four children in South Carolina, said that her mother left her father when she was about 3 years old so that she could live with the woman she loved.

Barwick remembers growing up in a very liberal and open-minded suburb surrounded by a “tight knit community of gay and lesbians friends.”

Her mother’s partner treated her like her own daughter. However, she still always wanted a father figure and the love of a father in her life.

Barwick said that her biological father was not a great guy and he did not bother to be in her life.

“A lot of us are hurting,” she said referring to children growing up by two parents of the same sex. “The absence of my father created a huge hole in me, and I waited every day for a dad. I loved my mother’s partner, but another mom could never replaced the father I lost,“ she said.

“Same-sex marriage and parenting withholds either a mother or a father from a child while telling him or her that it doesn’t matter and that it’s all the same, it’s not,” she said.