Woman raised by lesbian parents pens powerful letter explaining her support of traditional marriage

TheBlaze reported on the powerful letter by Heather Barwick, a woman who was raised by two lesbian mothers but is now an ardent supporter of traditional marriage. In the letter, she expresses zero hate or animosity, but simply a recognition of how important it is to be raised by two parents - a mother and a father. The letter is powerful enough on its own, but it stirred a deep, emotional response from Glenn as he reflected on his own childhood and the role impact two generations of divorce has had on his family kids.

Barwick writes (via The Federalist):

Growing up, and even into my 20s, I supported and advocated for gay marriage. It’s only with some time and distance from my childhood that I’m able to reflect on my experiences and recognize the long-term consequences that same-sex parenting had on me. And it’s only now, as I watch my children loving and being loved by their father each day, that I can see the beauty and wisdom in traditional marriage and parenting.

Same-sex marriage and parenting withholds either a mother or father from a child while telling him or her that it doesn’t matter. That it’s all the same. But it’s not. A lot of us, a lot of your kids, are hurting. My father’s absence created a huge hole in me, and I ached every day for a dad. I loved my mom’s partner, but another mom could never have replaced the father I lost.

Read the full letter HERE

"What a profoundly brave letter," Glenn said.

"I really despise the girl power thing," Glenn said in reflection. "Just like I would despise manpower. Yeah, we're men. 'We don't need any women.' First of all, that's a lie. Any guy who says that is lying."

"We need each other. And our children need both of us. We're different. We bring different things to the table," he said. "You may choose and say, 'I don't need a man.' Or 'I don't need a woman, I have him.' But that's not the choice your children are making, and that's a sexual choice, that's not a parental choice. Your children have the need for the biological other partner."

To further his point, Glenn talked about his parents' divorce and how the lack of both a mother and parent impacted him. The pattern repeated itself when he divorced his first wife and his two oldest children didn't see their father on a regular basis.

"It created a hole. I know their mother is important to them. And I didn't want to create that hole in them. So I talk about it. I knew there was a need in my children to hear about their mother. I knew there was a need to hear about that there were good times. And it was good. And I appreciate [their mother] and, you know, all of that. You have to recognize that."

"I went through this as a kid. My stepmother would not allow me to talk about my mother at all. None of us could talk about it. So my mom dies, I move in with my stepmother, and we're no longer allowed to address my dead mother, who had just died."

"So there was, like, no grieving. There was nothing. And it was just like this big elephant in the room."

"If you're a gay couple, listen to the children of gay couples. Listen to them. What they're saying is, 'I needed a dad. I needed a mom. You may not have, and I love you, but I needed it.'"

"It's not about me. It's not about my ego and my fear. Here's my fear with Raphe. This is Tania's fear that some day he'll say, I just want to -- I want to meet them and I like them better. And you are my parents. That's ridiculous. That's ridiculous. That's a stupid fear. It's a stupid fear. But that's the way people are."

"You have to be more secure in yourself to know, I'm a good parent. I'm a loving parent. And my children will figure it out. In the end, my children will figure it out. And so, I'm not afraid of saying, 'you need a dad, don't you? You miss your dad. You miss your mom. I know. I know.' I loved my dad. I loved my mom."

"Even if you didn't. I had a bad childhood. But, boy, I remember this dad that lived down the street. And he was the best. And I used to dream that he was my dad. You have to be able to relate to your children in that way. They are not you."

"I don't know if it has as much to do with gay marriage as it has to do with us just being confident enough in ourselves and our own abilities to be able to see the pain and the hole in our children that all of us, gay or straight, cause. By me getting a divorce and me leaving my children, I created a gigantic hole. My children are scarred from it, period. They're scarred from it. I was scarred from the divorce in my family, period."

"Was it the right thing to do? Am I happier now? Are things better because of it? Maybe. But not necessarily for my children. My older children were scarred by it. Whose fault is that? Well, it's nobody's fault. Yes, it is. It's mine and their mother's. That's whose fault it is. Now, what are we going to do about it? We're going to do the best we can by recognizing the hole that we have created in our children. Will we ever be able to make up for it? Probably not, but we can at least recognize it."

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

Watch the video clip below to hear more from Glenn:


Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

Watch the clip to hear more. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

Watch this clip to see the heated exchange:

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.