The director of the American Family Association has called for children of same-sex parents to be forcibly taken away for their own protection.

On Tuesday, Bryan Fischer called for an “Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children from same-sex households” via Twitter.

Backlash to the tweet was swift, with condemnation from groups such as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

“Fischer’s call for kidnapping children from same-sex partners is not only offensive, but a harmful mischaracterisation of families that struggle daily to provide loving and safe home environments despite significant legal, financial and dignitary inequality,” an HRC official wrote on the organisation’s blog.

The Australian Christian Lobby this week continued to compare the children of same-sex families to the Stolen Generation.

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