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 Homosexual Agenda / Same-Sex Marriage / Schools / Churches / Scouts / Adoption

 Homosexual Agenda

Alexander the (not so) Great fails to conquer America's homophobes - It has been ridiculed by critics and shunned by cinema-goers but the latest film from the controversial director Oliver Stone has still managed to raise hackles across the US.

Alexander has proved to be the Thanksgiving weekend's biggest flop, and while it is a portrait of a legendary leader who ruled far-away lands more than 300 years before the birth of Christ, it has brutally exposed the cultural and moral divide which slices America in two. more>

An Intelligent Discussion About Homosexuality - Will Massachusetts Listen? - We're teaching a lifestyle in the schools of Massachusetts  
which is deadlier than cigarettes.

In homosexuality, 30% of our young men will be dead within ten years or they will be HIV positive.

And yet, a serious discussion is not allowed.

Hate is spewing forth from a small group of homosexual militant "activists" in an attempt to stop any conversation except their agenda. They dominate The Boston Globe and the other media which strive so hard to be "inclusive."

We also see hate from uninformed, judgmental persons. But mostly we see apathy from an unknowing citizenry.
Inside

Part I
1. Massachusetts' Policy Is Damaging Our Children
2. What Is Being Taught in Massachusetts Schools?
3. Is the Traditional Response An Intelligent One?
4. The Boston Globe Grovels
5. An Intelligent Discussion Is Necessary Part II
6. On A Spiritual Level
7. Homosexual Activists Are Spreading Hate
8. No Need To Believe the Bible
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Christian fired for 'anti-gay' Bible verses - 9th Circuit says worker harmed Hewlett-Packard's 'diversity' effort - A devout Christian employee who was fired for posting quotes from the Bible condemning homosexuality lost an appeal in federal court yesterday. more>

Dobson: Senators 'cowed' by homosexual lobbyists - Most prepared to vote against Federal Marriage Amendment - As the Senate debates the Federal Marriage Amendment, supporters of the measure charge a number of lawmakers are afraid to vote according to their inclinations because they fear the homosexual lobby. more>

Documentary features stories of those who left homosexuality - Can homosexuals change? A new documentary says "yes" and includes interviews with people who say they've made the switch.

The 48-minute video, dubbed "I Do Exist," is intended for use as a discussion-starter in churches, schools and universities. It includes the stories of five homosexuals -- three women and two men -- who once were involved in homosexuality but are now heterosexual. Along the way, psychologists and psychiatrists give their thoughts as to why they believe change is possible. more>

Gays demand that Cheney's daughter oppose Bush - Gay-rights activists, outraged at what they see as the Bush administration's decision to provoke a culture war over gay marriage, are directing much of their anger at Cheney. Not Vice President Dick Cheney. Their target is his daughter Mary. more>

Homosexual Movement Is Devious Fifth Column Undermining America - Richard Berke is an open homosexual and longtime member of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA)--a 1,200-member organization dedicated to providing ''responsible gay coverage [for the] issues of same-sex marriage, gay families, parenting and adoption, gays in the military, sex education in the schools, civil liberties, gay-related ballot initiatives, gay bashing and anti-gay violence.''

The reach of the NLGJA goes far beyond the pages of the New York Times. Speakers, honored guests, or workshop presenters at NLGJA functions read like the who's who of media: Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw, Harry Smith, Katie Couric, Lesley Stahl, George Stephanopoulos, Barbara Walters, Stone Phillips, Linda Ellerbee, Armstrong Williams, and Linda Vester. Other participants have included New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Mark Rosenthal, president and chief operating officer of MTV Networks; Jim Kelly, managing editor of Time magazine; Walter Isaacson, chief executive officer of CNN; Anthony Marro, editor of Newsday; Caroline Miller, editor-in-chief of New York magazine; Andrew Heyward, president of CBS News, and John Huey, managing editor of Fortune.

The wide support for the NLGJA shown by the active participation by these media executives and personalities is a clear indication of the depth of homosexual influence in the popular media, and certainly arouses justifiable suspicion that an imbalance of reporting exists concerning issues of gay rights. more>

If all else fails, silence them! - The homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign, which has endorsed John Kerry for president, is demanding the Republican Party suppress any speeches or performances at the GOP convention by people they don't like.

That's right. Republican strategists are supposed to take advice from a lobby group that calls the Defense Of Marriage Act "hate-filled" legislation, even though both houses of Congress passed it overwhelmingly in 1996 and it was signed by Bill Clinton. HRC also contends that ordinary people, such as the 71 percent of Missourians who voted to pass a state constitutional amendment to protect marriage, are "bigots." more>

Kerry's pride - "As the Nation celebrates Pride Month, I am excited to join the LGBT community in fighting for equal rights for gay Americans," Sen. John Kerry said in a recent proclamation, using a politically correct acronym to refer to the "lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender" community.

"I am committed to using the power of the White House to advance equal rights for all Americans, including gay Americans," the Democratic presidential candidate proclaimed.

Robert H. Knight of Concerned Women for America was amused by this remark in Mr. Kerry's proclamation: "We need to reject hate and embrace acceptance."

Says Mr. Knight: "Translation: and we will pass laws to persecute you if you don't."
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Suit seeks to spread Massachusetts 'marriage' - Lesbians' federal case would require every state to accept licenses - Two lesbians filed the first lawsuit in the nation to force the federal government and other states to recognize same-sex marriages performed in Massachusetts.

Rev. Nancy Wilson and Paula Schoenwether, who traveled to Provincetown, Mass., in May to get married, are now seeking recognition of their license in Florida. They claim exclusion of homosexual couples violates the U.S. Constitution's right to equal protection under the law and the implicit "right to privacy." more>

View homosexual film, or school faces lawsuit - ACLU tells district: Force students to watch 'tolerance training' video - If administrators of Kentucky's Boyd County school district can't find a way to force all students to attend sexual orientation and gender identity "tolerance training," the American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to take them to court – again.

Ten months ago, the district settled a lawsuit with the ACLU over the right of a student group, the Gay-Straight Alliance, to meet on campus. The year-long litigation strained relations in the conservative northeast portion of the state. In addition to allowing the group to meet on campus after school, district officials agreed that all students, staff and teachers would be required to receive "tolerance training."

The agreement stipulated all would attend "mandatory anti-harassment workshops," including the viewing of an hour-long "training" video covering sexual orientation and gender identity issues for middle and high school students. more>

 Same-Sex Marriage / Federal Marriage Amendment

A Gay Marriage Milestone - It was a year ago that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court discovered that the traditional understanding of marriage -- as in "I now pronounce you man and wife" -- violated the state constitution and was a moral atrocity on the order of Jim Crow. The designations husband and wife were duly replaced on state marriage licenses with Party A and Party B back in May. This anniversary is sure to occasion smug op-ed pieces celebrating the fact that the sky hasn't fallen yet, but it's doubtful that the social engineering Chief Justice Margaret Marshall will receive too many bouquets and bottles of champagne in the mail.

Liberals who would otherwise admire her handiwork just aren't in a very celebratory mood. The Goodridge v. Department of Health decision that brought same-sex nuptials to the Bay State produced a national backlash. Supporters of gay marriage went 0 for 11 on state referenda on the issue; defense-of-marriage amendments helped bring out voters who sank Democratic candidates all over the country, arguably including presidential nominee John Kerry of Massachusetts. more>

BEHIND THE SCENES: Gay marriage kept out of national spotlight - Since May, gay and lesbian residents of Massachusetts have been able to marry their partners.

But the issue of gay marriage was barely whispered from the podium during the Democratic National Convention this week. Party strategists
and gay and lesbian delegates say the controversial fight for equal marriage rights must take a back seat -- for now -- to the more immediate goal of defeating Republican President George W. Bush.

Sen. John Kerry supports civil unions but opposes gay marriage at the federal level and in his home state of Massachusetts, a position that has angered some Democratic activists.

The convention included 4,300 delegates, nearly 250 of whom were gay. But the openly gay speakers who addressed the convention, from Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin to congressional candidate Jim Stork of Florida, steered clear of the gay marriage issue.

"I call it the Stepford convention," said Robin Tyler of DontAmend.com, an organization opposed to efforts to ban gay marriage with a constitutional amendment. "Everybody is going by the script because they are so afraid that Bush will get in. But behind the scenes, it's like, don't worry, wink, wink; we'll take care of you."

Democrats, however, are hardly united in supporting marriage for gays and lesbians. A recent CBS-New York Times poll of 955 adults showed that only 40 percent of Democrats said gay couples should be allowed to marry legally. The poll was conducted July 11-15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

In many ways, there were two conventions going on this week. more>

Dobson: Senators 'cowed' by homosexual lobbyists - Most prepared to vote against Federal Marriage Amendment - As the Senate debates the Federal Marriage Amendment, supporters of the measure charge a number of lawmakers are afraid to vote according to their inclinations because they fear the homosexual lobby. more>

Fewer gay couples seek marriage licenses - The number of gay and lesbian couples applying for marriage licenses has slowed to a trickle since a rush to the altar in the days after same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts on May 17, according to state records and a Globe survey of large cities and towns.

In the first week after the Supreme Judicial Court decision took effect on May 17, 2,500 gay and lesbian couples applied for licenses; 1,700 have done so in the six months since then, according to unofficial tallies by the Globe and state officials.

In all, the state's Registry of Vital Records has received an estimated 4,266 marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

The City of Boston has experienced a significant slowdown. In the week after May 17, Boston reported 146 same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses, but in the six months since, 345 gay and lesbian couples have applied, an average of 14 a week, according to the Globe's survey. more>

Homosexuality and Traditional Marriage - Sadly, for the first time in our nation's history Massachusetts is honoring homosexuality by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex partners. The sanctity of solemn marriage between a man and a woman has now been trampled upon by the far left liberal, black-robed justices of the Massachusetts State Supreme Court.

The court's decision in this matter is a clear case of abusing society through judicial activism--judges legislating from the bench and overstepping their boundaries by interpreting the law in a manner to impose their own personal values upon society. The court's decision to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples is nothing more than open mockery against the laws of God and the American people as a whole. These ''legal'' marriage licenses are a counterfeit attempt to grant recognition to same-sex marriages on par with traditional marriage, and this violates the cornerstone of our society.

Homosexual behavior is a perverse and unacceptable way of life that has been spurned down through the ages--the authority for that statement comes from God and not from man. Homosexuality is clearly and irrefutably condemned in the Bible, despite the attempts of maverick ministers and apostate church groups to grant it acceptance and respectability.

The rejection of homosexuality in Christian doctrine centers upon the behavior itself as a destructive force to the individual and a life style contrary to the well being of society. It does not call for punishment against the individual practicing it, but rather offers love and counseling to the offender with the objective of change. On the other hand, secularists have no hesitation in accepting the homosexual life style. To them, God and His laws are irrelevant and non-existent; moral equivalency is their tool of reasoning which eventually leads to condoning all behavior both good and evil under one mantle. more>

'Married' homosexuals already seek divorce - Awaiting Supreme Court decision on validity of licenses - A homosexual couple that was issued a "marriage license" by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in February is now seeking a "divorce."

The couple, which has not been identified for privacy reasons, is waiting on the California Supreme Court to decide whether the 3,955 licenses obtained at San Francisco's City Hall during a 29-day period are valid.

As WorldNetDaily reported, Newsom oversaw the first officially sanctioned same-sex marriages in American history Feb. 12.

If the high court voids the licenses, no further action will be taken, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

The paper notes the breakup has political repercussions since it's the first to surface since homosexual activists argued for the stability and social value of same-sex relationships after San Francisco began issuing the licenses.

"It's not surprising that these unnatural arrangements don't last," said Randy Thomasson, executive director of the Campaign for California Families, the group that sued San Francisco to block the licenses. "Despite popular belief, the real goal of homosexual relationships isn't commitment, it's self-gratification and sexual pleasure." more>

Political battles over gay marriage still spreading - 12 more states may vote on banning it in 2006 - Same-sex marriage may have been trounced in the recent elections. But it is far from dead as a political and legal issue.
Following this month's clean sweep in 11 states, amendments banning gay marriage are likely to be on the ballot in at least a dozen more states in 2006, advocates say.

But not without a fight. Some of the just-passed measures already are being challenged in court. Lawmakers in California are discussing same-sex marriage laws patterned after the controversial court decision in Massachusetts. Lawsuits in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Washington State seek the same result.
more>

Right or privilege? - On Nov. 2, 2004, the voters in 11 states said no to same-sex marriage by passing constitutional amendments. This was done in order to head off judges legislating from the bench. True to form, within 48 hours, two lesbian "couples" filed a federal lawsuit challenging Oklahoma's new marriage law.

The basis for this lawsuit is that the state amendment violates their due-process and equal-protection rights under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. more>

Voters in 10 States OK Gay-Marriage Ban - Voters in 10 states approved constitutional amendments Tuesday to ban same-sex marriage, in most cases by overwhelming margins. Opponents of the bans held out hope that Oregon, where results were not yet in, would buck the trend.

The amendments - on the ballots in 11 states - won easy approval in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio and Utah. The bans won by 3-to-1 margins in Kentucky and Georgia, 3-to-2 in Ohio, and 6-to-1 in Mississippi.

The Ohio measure, considered the broadest of the 11 because it barred any legal status that "intends to approximate marriage," gathered equal support from men and women, blacks and whites.

In Georgia, Ohio and Mississippi, gay-rights activists were considering court challenges of the newly approved amendments. But supporters of the bans were jubilant. more>

 Churches / Religion / Scouts / Schools

A Matter of Faith? Inside a small Pentecostal church in southern Sweden, worshipers pray for their pastor, that somehow he won't have to go to prison for the crime of preaching against homosexuality. Sweden was at the forefront of the sexual revolution, and today is at the forefront of the gay agenda. As in many European nations, homosexuality has been embraced by society as a human right, and glorified in the media.

One pastor decided to stand up to what he saw as the growing acceptance of homosexuality here. But because of the way he said it, he has been sentenced to jail.

Green said, "I was watching television, reading the newspaper, listening to high-profile people, actors, singers, glorifying the homosexual lifestyle. And I was worried, and I was concerned, and I felt a deep burden in my heart to speak on that particular topic."

Green prepared the sermon last year, on what the Bible says about homosexuality, with the intention that the townspeople of Borgholm come to hear him. But attendance was disappointing. So Åke Green had his sermon published in the local newspaper. In it, he compared the sin of Sweden to the sin of Sodom.

And he warned, "…our country is facing a disaster of great proportions! Of that we can be sure. God said the land would vomit out its inhabitants…Our country is facing a disaster."

But it was how he described sexual practices like homosexuality that brought the charge against him:

Green said, "What I said was that sexual abnormality was like a cancer of the society." more>

Monument regarding Ake Green, sentenced to prison by a Swedish Court for the 'crime' of preaching the Gospel truth about homosexuality - more>

Are Schools Teaching Homosexual Sex; Ignoring Molestation of Boys - Has the entire concept of Gay/Straight Alliances become old-fashioned and out-of-date? - Are the schools throughout Massachusetts helping in the teaching of homosexual sex and ignoring the possible sexual molestation of teenage boys?

Have some of the school administrators decided that homosexuals are "different," and it is therefore acceptable and normal behavior for adult males of all ages to have sex with teenage boys?

Has the entire concept of Gay/Straight Alliances become old-fashioned and out-of-date?

We have recently learned that an organization, which is closely allied with the Gay/Straight Alliances, has offered a $25 stipend, free dinner and free subway tokens to boys who will come to their headquarters in Boston and discuss homosexual sex and other issues (see the pamphlet). These boys were also invited to a free, three-day, lakeside, weekend retreat in New Hampshire with other boys up to 25-years who are "attracted to or have sex with other men." It was a chance to "really get to know yourself and other queer youth on a much deeper level." The organization that sponsored the events is "The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Youth," commonly known as BAGLY.

An interview with BAGLY on page15 of this paper demonstrates that they are not terribly concerned about the possibility of pedophilia at these gatherings where they teach homosexual sex.

• Do the schools ever monitor what is taking place at these and other sessions around the state attended by their teenagers?

• Have the accepted norms of our society quietly been changed while we were looking the other way? Or is it that we believe that youths who think they might be homosexual are not worth protecting?

• Does this explain why the schools were not startled last spring when it was disclosed that the American Psychological Association had published a study that advocates the normalization of adult-child sex? The APA went so far as to say that pedophilia can even have a positive effect on a child. more>

'Bible as hate speech' bill nearing vote - With U.S. watching, Canada set to criminalize 'anti-gay' expression - As some U.S. Supreme Court justices look abroad for guidance on cases related to homosexuality, Canada is set to vote on a bill opponents say would criminalize public expression against homosexual behavior. As WorldNetDaily reported, opponents fear if the bill becomes law, the Bible will be deemed "hate literature" under the criminal code in certain instances, as evidenced by the case of a Saskatchewan man fined by a provincial human-rights tribunal for taking out a newspaper ad with Scripture references to verses about homosexuality.

Boy Scouts: Legal bigots? - One must truly be vile to be legally classified as a bigot. Bigot is the label that may soon be branded by the American Bar Association upon individuals who volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. And under a newly proposed ABA conduct rule, America's judges would be prohibited from associating with the Boy Scouts.

When the 400,000-member American Bar Association passes judicial ethics rules, state and federal courts generally adopt and abide by those rules. The latest rule proposal would force judges to end any current involvement they have with organizations that exclude homosexuals, just as judges are not allowed to be a part of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi groups or other racist organizations. An ethics panel is discussing the new rule and it could be approved next year. more>>>

Christians face threat pushing Bible beliefs - Churches to lose tax-exempt status for denouncing same-sex marriage? - According to LifeSiteNews, churches are not only admonished against recommending certain candidates or political parties, but they also face crackdowns for speaking out on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.

"The best thing for a charity to do, especially during an election, is to stay away from those issues," Dawna Lynn Labonté, a spokeswoman for the minister of national revenue, told the news agency. "There are certain issues, especially during election times, that are very political."

The gag order on religions is said to cover all moral issues, even poverty.

"Taking out a full page ad before Christmas on homelessness might not be considered political, but doing the same thing the week of an election might be considered political," Labonté said. more>

Boy Scouts: Legal bigots? One must truly be vile to be legally classified as a bigot. Bigot is the label that may soon be branded by the American Bar Association upon individuals who volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. And under a newly proposed ABA conduct rule, America's judges would be prohibited from associating with the Boy Scouts.

When the 400,000-member American Bar Association passes judicial ethics rules, state and federal courts generally adopt and abide by those rules. The latest rule proposal would force judges to end any current involvement they have with organizations that exclude homosexuals, just as judges are not allowed to be a part of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi groups or other racist organizations. An ethics panel is discussing the new rule and it could be approved next year. more>>>

Criticize ''Gays'' and Be Ready to Pay the Price - Well, the truth is out about me, and it is not pleasant. It seems that I am a ''right wing nut job'' for whom hell awaits, my writing a ''hate-filled, drooling, ignorant rant.''

That’s not all: I am ''blinded by hatred and fear,'' no better than ''a hypocritical Pharisee, judging others'' when I should be examining my own ''hateful behavior, discerning its cause, and rooting it out'' of my soul.

All that for telling the truth.

My great sin, in the eyes of the gentle soul who authored the lovely words above, was to assert that homosexuality and Christianity are incompatible.

In today’s popular American culture, where the worst thing one can be called is intolerant (unless one is intolerant of true Christianity, President Bush, conservative principles, and Ann Coulter, which is acceptable), homosexuals have become our most pampered, pandered-to, and protected sub-culture.

The homosexual agenda is focused, relentless, and highly successful. It has succeeded in making immoral sexual behavior acceptable to half the population. It has succeeded in introducing homosexuality to our children, even those in elementary school. It has succeeded in causing enormous harm to the Boy Scouts--the Scouts, for crying out loud!

And now, it is attempting to pervert the church. One might think that homosexuals have been successful in this regard because of the recent (and scandalous) elevation of an openly homosexual Episcopalian priest, engaged in an illicit love affair with a man after having left his wife, to bishop. more>

English for Lesbians, Feminists, Queers, and Communists - Recently, I wrote an article called ''Summer Reading,'' which was intended to motivate my readers to take some time to read classic literature over the summer. While mostly apolitical, it did close with the following line, which was deemed offensive by one of my readers: ''(Go out and) pick up a great work of classic literature and enjoy the reading. You know, like the kind they used to assign in college when English professors taught English instead of homosexuality and feminism.''

The offended reader, from Ithaca, New York, called my above assertion ''sexist, heterosexist, and gratuitous.'' So, naturally, I apologized. No, I’m just kidding. Instead of apologizing, I decided to search the webpage of the nearest university English department to see what I could find. Naturally, I went looking first on Cornell.edu.

Here is a summary of what I found out about the English faculty at Cornell University:

James Eli is an expert in gender and sexuality.
Frederic Bogel is an expert in critical (that means Marxist) theory.
Mary Pat Brady is an expert in U.S. Latino and Latina literatures and cultures, cultural studies, and American multi-ethnic literatures.
Laura Brown is an expert in feminist criticism, Marxist criticism, and cultural critique.
Cynthia Chase is an expert in women's literature.
Eric Cheyfitz is an expert in federal Indian law.
Barbara Correll is an expert in gender, cultural studies, lesbian, bisexual, and gay literary studies.
Elizabeth DeLoughrey is an expert in feminist theory and women's writing.
Laura Donaldson is an expert in American Indian literature and culture, American Indian women, gender, race and law.
Alice Fulton is an expert in critical (that means Marxist) writing, postmodernism, and feminist theory.
Andrew Galloway is an expert in the sociology of knowledge, and visions of women and women's writings.
Ellis Hanson is an expert in lesbian and gay studies, and psychoanalysis.
Molly Hite is an expert in feminist criticism and theory, and postmodernism.
Mary Jacobus is an expert in feminist literary criticism and theory, and women's writing.
Phyllis Janowitz is an expert in women and literature.
Biodun Jeyifo is an expert in African and Caribbean Anglophone literatures, comparative African and Afro-American critical thought, Marxist literary and cultural theory, and twentieth-century revolutionary social philosophy and literature.
Carol Kaske is an expert in Middle Ages and Renaissance, and cultural history of these periods (especially gender).
Douglas Mao (not to be confused with Chairman Mao) is an expert in gay, lesbian, and bisexual studies.
Kenneth McClane is an expert in African American literature.
Kate McCullough is an expert in women's literature, feminist literary criticism and theory, and lesbian/queer theory.
Dorothy Mermin is an expert in women's poetry.
Satya Mohanty is an expert in critical (that means Marxist) theory.
Timothy Murray is an expert in cultural studies as well as lesbian, bisexual, and gay literary studies.
Mash Raskolnikov is an expert in feminist and queer studies.
Shirley Samuels is an expert in feminist criticism.
Paul Sawyer is an expert in Marxian and feminist approaches and the ways questions of politics and ideology can be related to close local readings.
Hortense Spillers is an expert in the study of aspects of African American and American literature, feminist, Marxist, and more general theories of contemporary criticism.
Shelly Wong is an expert in Asian American, African American, and ethnic literatures as well as Asian Canadian literature and, finally, cultural studies.

William Jefferson Clinton recently gave the commencement address for the Cornell University graduating class of 2004. He is an expert on college interns with thong underwear.

HATE CRIMES, HOMOSEXUALITY, AND PREACHING THE GOSPEL - Despite the facts that homosexuality is not a genetic condition (see Harrub, et al., 2004), and that it is a sinful practice condemned in the Bible as such (see Butt, 2003; Miller, et al., 2004), homosexuality is being lauded as an alternate lifestyle that should enjoy the same privileges as other “inescapable” personal traits such as ethnicity and gender.

In fact, in the past few years several nations and states in the United States have passed laws that, in essence, make it a “hate crime” to preach what the Bible says about homosexuality. For instance, in 2003, Ake Green, a Swedish Pentecostal preacher delivered a sermon in which he stated that homosexuality is “abnormal, a horrible cancerous tumor in the body of society.” He went on to describe homosexuals as “perverts, whose sexual drive the Devil has used as his strongest weapon against God” (as quoted in Robinson, 2004). Because of these comments, he was arrested, charged with inciting hatred against homosexuals, and sentenced to serve 30 days in prison.

On April 29, 2004, Canada adopted a bill similar to the one established by Sweden, in which speech against homosexual behavior was added to the list of hate crimes (Robinson, 2004). Sadly, the United States has begun to “follow suit” by adopting comparable legislation in certain states. On December 3, 2003, Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schwiker signed a bill that included homosexuality as a sanctioned lifestyle protected from “hate crimes” (crimes that could technically include preaching from the pulpit against the practice). The Gertrude Stein Club (a non-profit, pro-homosexual group) labeled the bill as “the first piece of pro-gay legislation to become law in Pennsylvania.” In the same article, the club mentioned that 27 other states and the District of Columbia have laws that protect homosexuals against “hate crimes” (“LGBT Victory”). While preachers are assured that these bills were not passed to stifle their freedom of speech, the implications and technical reading of the bills provide for the prosecution of preachers who teach publicly God’s Word concerning the sin of homosexuality. The Swedish trial of Ake Green testifies to that. more>

Hate-crimes law worries pastors - Some consider liability insurance to cover pulpit remarks - A religious liberty group is trying to reassure Pennsylvania pastors who fear they could face prosecution under a new law if they preach against homosexuality.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty sent a letter [Requires pdf viewer] to 9,000 houses of worship across the state June 18 after a hate-crimes law was amended to add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as motives that trigger heavier penalties for the crime of "harassment."

"It is a measure of our times that religious leaders have lately considered taking out liability insurance to cover remarks made from the pulpit," said Becket Fund President Kevin J. Hasson.

Of particular concern to pastors is the amendment's expansion of the definition of "harassment" to include "harassment by communication" – which means one could be convicted on the basis of spoken words alone. more>

Josh is taking Matt to the prom - Remember those "cutest couple" votes in high school? It was always some super-jock paired with the perennially perky cheerleader. Well, if same-sex marriage is legalized, the new winners will probably be two super-jocks, Josh and Matt, who've been going out since seventh grade.

Dating will become a whole new game.

Josh and Matt will probably garner the sympathy vote because they lost out at homecoming to "queen" and "queen" Megan and Katie, both bisexuals. It won't bother these girls to parade arm in arm across the football field. They'll be attracted to each other anyway, after hooking up at several parties. Three other members of the homecoming court will be transvestites. more>

Lesbian teacher 'married' girl in pagan ritual - Faces criminal charges for sexually assaulting former student - A female teacher who allegedly "married" a 14-year-old girl in a pagan ritual faces criminal-sexual conduct charges in Michigan. more>

Methodist Jury Convicts Lesbian Minister - A jury made up of United Methodist Church clergy convicted a lesbian minister Thursday of violating church law by openly living with her partner in a committed relationship.

The Rev. Irene Elizabeth Stroud could be defrocked as a result of the ruling, which came on the second day of her church trial. The same 13-member jury was set to meet Thursday afternoon to decide her penalty.

Methodist law bars "self-avowed, practicing homosexuals" from ministry. Nine votes were necessary for a conviction and the jury voted 12-1 to find Stroud guilty. more>

Policy aimed at Scouts - Under pressure from gay and atheist parents, Portland school officials are considering a policy that would ban the Boy Scouts of America from recruiting students during school hours.

Under the proposal, non-school groups would be allowed to send literature home with children, but the flier or pamphlet would need to be accompanied with a disclaimer, warning the groups' values may be offensive: "From time to time, you may receive materials from a group that holds values that may offend some of our families." more>

Teacher, Alleged Sex Victim Did Witchcraft - A teacher and a 14-year-old former female student whom she is accused of sexually assaulting participated in witchcraft together and even "wed" in a pagan ritual, police said. more>

The Bible and homosexuality - Sen. John Kerry suggested to an audience in Mississippi recently that the Bible is ambiguous on the topic of homosexuality.

"Well, I know the deep beliefs, I respect, I'm a Christian, I've read the Bible, and I know you can find the clauses that go both ways," he said. "I'm not here to argue that with you."

Well, I'm here to argue with Kerry. The Bible is clear on homosexuality – Old Testament and New Testament: Homosexuality is an abomination.

Kerry may not believe it. You may not believe it. But the Bible states it clearly and unambiguously. And, despite what Kerry says, there are no "clauses" that suggest anything else.

Here's a brief Bible study for the man who would be president.

It begins in Leviticus 18:22 (KJV): "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."

That seems pretty clear to me. Maybe Kerry has another interpretation. The chapter goes on to state that people who commit these acts, and others God considers abominations, causes the land itself to be defiled.

Then, in the New Testament, Paul writes in Romans 1:22-27:

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

I'm still waiting for any Bible student to show me even one verse that suggests a more "tolerant" view of homosexuality. more>

Vatican warns that feminism threatens families - The Vatican assailed radical feminism for what it views as efforts to erase differences between men and women, warning in a document released Saturday that the movement threatens the traditional family based on a mother and a father.

Such a push for equality, the Vatican said, makes "homosexuality and heterosexuality virtually equivalent, in a new model of polymorphous sexuality." more>

View homosexual film, or school faces lawsuit - ACLU tells district: Force students to watch 'tolerance training' video - If administrators of Kentucky's Boyd County school district can't find a way to force all students to attend sexual orientation and gender identity "tolerance training," the American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to take them to court – again.

Ten months ago, the district settled a lawsuit with the ACLU over the right of a student group, the Gay-Straight Alliance, to meet on campus. The year-long litigation strained relations in the conservative northeast portion of the state. In addition to allowing the group to meet on campus after school, district officials agreed that all students, staff and teachers would be required to receive "tolerance training."

The agreement stipulated all would attend "mandatory anti-harassment workshops," including the viewing of an hour-long "training" video covering sexual orientation and gender identity issues for middle and high school students. more>

Why 'gay marriage' is a religious hate crime - A lot has been lost in the debate about so-called "gay marriage." At the top of that list is the effect that redefining marriage will have on people of conscience and religious believers.

Marriage is an institution that has been present since the beginnings of recorded history. It has meant the union of a man and a woman, and provided within that union the stability necessary to create and nurture the next generation. more>

 Parenting / Adoption

Adult children speak out about same-sex parents - It was the TV pictures that first got to Bronagh Cassidy. Same-sex couples marrying in San Francisco: "They were so proud of themselves. And then they had these little children with them." Cassidy, a 27-year-old married mother of two, sighs. "Something inside of me wants to be able to help those kids, because I know they are going to have problems."

Sound ignorant, maybe even bigoted? This week, as the Senate is expected to begin debate on a constitutional amendment to protect marriage, many voices will try to convince you that people like Cassidy are, as Cheryl Jacque, head of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group, put it in a recent letter, "hate-filled people who will stop at nothing to achieve their discriminatory, offensive goals."

But Cassidy knows better: She is one of the first generation of "gayby boom" babies, raised by two moms. Adult children of same-sex parents are rare. I recently came across Cassidy's story by accident, after she e-mailed a friend of mine who is a family scholar.

Back in 1976, Cassidy's mom had a religious ceremony with a woman named Pat. To make Cassidy, they did artificial insemination at home, mixing the sperm of two gay friends "to make sure nobody would ever know who the father was," says Cassidy. (That was in the days before widespread DNA testing.) The two women stayed together for 16 years, until Pat died. Three years later, Cassidy's mother married a man.

What was it like for Cassidy being raised by two women she called "Mom" and "My Pat"?

"When growing up, I always had the feeling of being something unnatural," Cassidy says. "I came out of an unnatural relationship; it was something like I shouldn't be there. On a daily basis, it was something I was conflicted with. I used to wish, honestly that Pat wasn't there."

Why does she oppose same-sex marriage? "It's not something that a seal of approval should be stamped on: We shouldn't say it is a great and wonderful thing and then you have all these kids who later in life will turn around and realize they've been cheated. The adults choose to have that lifestyle and then have a kid. They are fulfilling their emotional needs -- they want to have a child -- and they are not taking into account how that's going to feel to the child; there's a clear difference between having same-sex parents and a mom and a dad."

Sounds judgmental in print. But up close, Cassidy comes across as fiercely protective of her mom (Cassidy is a pen name she's adopted to protect her mom's privacy). Like many children of same-sex parents, she was expected to defend and protect her mothers from society's homophobia. Her own troubled feelings about her family life were clearly unacceptable to her parents. Even now, the prospect of speaking about her own experience gives her the shakes.

Birth certificate refused for child with 2 dads - Homosexual rights groups threatens suit citing legal precedent - Oklahoma's health department refused to issue a birth certificate to a child with "two fathers."

Two-year-old Vivian has been under the care of Gregory Hampel and Edmund Swaya, in Seattle, Wash., since shortly after she was born in Oklahoma, reports the website Gay365.com

The homosexual-rights group Lambda Legal is arguing Oklahoma law allows for co-adoption. more>

Boy officially has 3 parents - Court grants 2 moms, 1 dad legal rights in homosexual dispute - A landmark legal ruling has granted a 2-year-old toddler three parents – his biological mother, her lesbian partner and their homosexual sperm donor.

The Sunday Star-Times of New Zealand reports the boy originally had been conceived with an agreement between the Auckland lesbian couple and their friends, two homosexual men from Sydney, Australia.

But once the baby was born, the couples had a falling out, and the women moved back to New Zealand, refusing the men any access to the child. more>

Case could nullify homosexual adoptions - Lesbian contends California Gov. Davis illegally 'invented' policy - The California Supreme Court is considering a request by a lesbian woman that could nullify thousands of adoptions by homosexual couples in the state.

A pro-family group contends the parental-rights case exposes illegal policies of liberal judges, Gov. Gray Davis and his Department of Social Services. more>

Children of homosexual parents report childhood difficulties - Referenced as both supporting and weakening the case for parenting by homosexuals, 57 life-story narratives of children with homosexual parents published by Rafkin in 1990 and Saffron in 1996 were subjected to content analysis. Children mentioned one or more problems or concerns in 48 (92%) of 52 families. Of the 213 scored problems, 201 (94%) were attributed to the homosexual parent(s). Older daughters in at least 8 (27%) of 30 families and older sons in at least 2 (20%) of 10 families described themselves as homosexual or bisexual. These findings are inconsistent with propositions that children of homosexuals do not differ appreciably from those who live with married parents or that children of homosexuals are not more apt to engage in homosexuality.

Could your kids be given to 'gay' parents? In the debate over gay marriage, strikingly little attention has been paid to the impact on children. Some question the wisdom of having children raised by two homosexuals, but the best they can seem to argue is that serious flaws vitiate the literature defending it.

Almost no attention has been devoted to what may be the more serious political question of who will supply the children of gay "parents," since obviously they cannot produce children themselves. A few will come from sperm donors and surrogate mothers, but very few. The vast majority will come, because they already do come, from pre-existing heterosexual families. In Massachusetts, "Forty percent of the children adopted have gone to gay and lesbian families," according to Democratic state Sen. Therese Murphy. more>

Court denies boy 3rd parent - Opponents feared case was step toward abolition of marriage - In a case some feared could set in motion legal abolition of marriage and the family, a Canadian judge has denied an application to give a boy three parents.

As WorldNetDaily reported, rather than replace a parent, which adoption does, a London, Ontario, boy's biological mother and father were seeking to "add a parent," insisting the mother's lesbian partner was part of a "loving circle of family."

The same-sex couple, who exchanged public vows in 1992, decided to ask a friend to be the father rather than using an anonymous sperm donor. The man does not live at the boy's home but is considered a member of the household. more>

Court OKs son's shielding from 'gay' lifestyle - Divorced homosexual father cannot expose child to his lovers - A state appeals court ruled a homosexual father cannot flaunt his lifestyle around his son.

As part of a divorce hearing, a Tennessee lower-court judge had barred Joe Hogue, a producer in the Christian music industry, from ''taking the child around or otherwise exposing the child to his gay lover(s) and/or his gay lifestyle," the Nashville Tennessean reported. more>

Court upholds ban on same-sex adoptions - A federal appeals court upheld Florida's ban on same-sex adoptions yesterday while curbing the Supreme Court's landmark Texas sodomy ruling.

In coming to its decision, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Lawrence vs. Texas decision last year did not create a new fundamental right to private sexual intimacy.

The court said the Texas case, which found criminal homosexual sodomy statutes unconstitutional, did not control the Florida adoption case because the ban on adoption was not a criminal prohibition but was a statutory privilege. more>

Do-It-Yourself babies now come via Internet - Fourteen lesbians in Britain have become pregnant with sperms sold to them by a company through the Internet. And Britain's first online "Do-It-Yourself" baby is expected within a month, it has revealed.

ManNotIncluded.com has its offices in London's Harley Street, and started selling sperms last year to single women and lesbians. It has now opened up a stormy debate on the ethics of the process. more>

Do these two men and their babies constitute the most bizarre surrogate family in America? Even in a world of increasingly unorthodox surrogacy arrangements, a family of newborns in Kentucky has managed to break new ground. Thomas Dysarz sounds like any gushing new father when he says: "The babies are wonderful, they are all at home, doing very well, and we are all so happy."

But his sense of paternal pride is one of the very few aspects of family life that he shares with other parents. Mr Dysarz, a 32-year-old hairdresser, and Michael Meehan, his boyfriend of six years, are the first known homosexual couple who have each fathered biological children by the same surrogate mother.

The first babies were born on July 26, 2002, a set of quadruplets delivered by the surrogate mother, 25-year-old Brooke Verity, who used to have her hair cut by Mr Dysarz. A girl named Taylor, and three boys - Jacob, Michael and Tristan - were born after in vitro fertilisation (IVF) using sperm from Mr Meehan, 37, a lawyer. more>

Homosexual parents - Does the homosexuality of parents affect the sexual orientation or experiences of their children? Seventeen of 5,182 randomly obtained adults from six U.S. cities answered questionnaires indicating that they had a homosexual parent. Parental homosexuality may be related to findings that: (1) 5 of the 17 reported sexual relations with their parents; (2) a disproportionate fraction reported sexual relations with other caretakers and relatives; and (3) a disproportionate fraction: (a) claimed a less than exclusively heterosexual orientation (47%); (b) indicated gender dissatisfaction; and (c) reported that their first sexual experience was homosexual. Of 1,388 consecutive obituaries in a major homosexual newspaper, 87 of the gays who died had children and registered a median age of death of 47 (the 1,267 without children had a median age of death of 38); 10 lesbians did and 24 did not have children. We estimate that less than 1% of parents are bisexual or homosexual and that < 7% of gays and about a third of lesbians are parents.

No apology coming for lesbian mom - Boy had claimed he was disciplined by teacher for saying 'gay' in class - A school board in Louisiana is refusing to apologize to a lesbian woman who claims her son was disciplined for saying the word "gay" in class. more>

Report: Pedophilia more common among 'gays' - Research purports to reveal 'dark side' of homosexual culture - Child molestation and pedophilia occur far more commonly among homosexuals than among heterosexuals on a per capita basis, according to a new study.

"Overwhelming evidence supports the belief that homosexuality is a sexual deviancy often accompanied by disorders that have dire consequences for our culture," wrote Steve Baldwin in, "Child Molestation and the Homosexual Movement," soon to be published by the Regent University Law Review. more>

Sperm donor clinic for lesbians - A controversial fertility clinic, which will focus on helping lesbian couples and single women to become pregnant using donated sperm, is to set up in Britain.

In a direct challenge to moral conservatives and fertility regulators, the businessman behind two websites offering sperm and human eggs is taking over an existing clinic in Bristol, which will be renamed the Man Not Included New Life Centre.
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The (New) Parent Trap - With Massachusetts on the brink of making history by becoming the first state to allow gays to legally marry, the parents of many gay couples find themselves torn between the love for their children and a traditional view of marriage. more>

U.S. psychologist group following 'gay activists' - Lesbian on panel endorsing same-sex marriage intentionally created deaf baby - The seven-member panel that spearheaded the American Psychological Association's controversial endorsement of homosexual "marriage" consists of "gay activists," according to one organization – including the deaf lesbian who incited a national firestorm of protest when she and her lesbian partner, also deaf, used artificial insemination to intentionally produce deaf children. more>

Homosexual Health Issues / AIDS / Drugs / Abuse / Medical / Psychological

Bug Chasers - The men who long to be HIV+ Carlos nonchalantly asks whether his drink was made with whole or skim milk. He takes a moment to slurp on his grande Caffe Mocha in a crowded Starbucks, and then he gets back to explaining how much he wants HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. His eyes light up as he says that the actual moment of transmission, the instant he gets HIV, will be "the most erotic thing I can imagine." He seems like a typical thirty-two-year-old man, but, in fact, he has a secret life. Carlos is chasing the bug.

"I know what the risks are, and I know that putting myself in this situation is like putting a gun to my head," he says. Some of that mountain music that's so popular is playing, making the moment even more surreal as a Southern voice sings, "Keep on the sunny side of life" behind Carlos. "But I think it turns the other guy on to know that I'm negative and that they're bringing me into the brotherhood. That gets me off, too."
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Bug Chasers and the Thought Police - When I first heard that Rolling Stone magazine had published an exposé about the problem of "bug chasers" in the gay community, I was thrilled that someone finally had the guts to say publicly what the gay community and public health field have known for years. For those of you who blissfully don’t know, "bug chasers" are gay men who deliberately seek to become infected with the AIDS virus.

In an article titled, "Bug Chasers: The Men Who Long to be HIV+" part of writer Gregory Freemen’s story, based on comments by public health officials, asserts that 25 percent of the 40,000 new AIDS infection every year are gay men who have sought out the disease. He also exposed how some gay men have eroticized getting AIDS as the last most extreme sex act in a community where all else has been tried. more>

Comparing violence over the life span in samples of same-sex and opposite-sex cohabitants - Using data from a nationally representative telephone survey that was conducted from November 1995 to May 1996, this study compares lifetime experiences with violent victimization among men and women with a history of same-sex cohabitation and their counterparts with a history of marriage and/or opposite-sex cohabitation only. The study found that respondents who had lived with a same-sex intimate partner were significantly more likely than respondents who had married or lived with an opposite-sex partner only to have been: (a) raped as minors and adults; (b) physically assaulted as children by adult caretakers; and (c) physically assaulted as adults by all types of perpetrators, including intimate partners. The study also confirms previous reports that intimate partner violence is more prevalent among gay male couples than heterosexual couples. However, it contradicts reports that intimate partner violence is more prevalent among lesbian couples than heterosexual couples. Overall study findings suggest that intimate partner violence is perpetrated primarily by men, whether against same-sex or opposite-sex partners.

Does Arafat have AIDS? With still no public diagnosis, some suggesting HIV may be cause - With doctors claiming they have still not diagnosed Yasser Arafat despite a week of hospitalization and extensive testing, some commentators have been suggesting the PLO leader may be suffering from AIDS. more>

Does homosexual activity shorten life? Previous estimates from obituaries and pre-1994 sex surveys suggested that the median age of death for homosexuals is less than 50 yr. Four contemporary databases were used to test that estimate: (1) obituaries in the homosexual press from 1993 through 1997 reflected treatment success for those with AIDS but suggested a median age of death less than 50 years; (2) two large random sexuality surveys in 1994--one in the USA and the other in Britain--yielded results consistent with a median age of death for homosexuals of less than 50 years; (3) the median age of those ever married in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway was about 50 years, while that of the ever homosexually partnered was about 40 yr; further, the married were about 5 times more apt to be old and 4 times less apt to be widowed young; and (4) intravenous drug abusers and homosexuals taking HIV tests in Colorado had almost identical age distributions. The four lines of evidence were consistent with previous findings suggesting that homosexual activity may be associated with a lifespan shortened by 20 to 30 years.

Drug-proof gonorrhea rises in homosexuals - Strain making its way eastward from Hawaii, California, says CDC - A drug-resistant form of gonorrhea with an overwhelmingly disproportionate effect on homosexuals is making its way eastward from Hawaii and California, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

The data presented "show that drug resistant gonorrhea is a rapidly emerging health concern, particularly for gay and bisexual men," the CDC's STD prevention director John Douglas told reporters last week. more>

Fistgate Archive - Your resource for Massachusetts News coverage of the 2000 and 2001 annual GLSEN conferences, their repercussions and related stories. more>

FISTGATE Report - "Fisting [forcing one’s entire hand into another person’s rectum or vagina] often gets a bad rap....[It’s] an experience of letting somebody into your body that you want to be that close and intimate with...[and] to put you into an exploratory mode." more>

Frank tells of his despair during ’89 sex scandal - Says he sought psychiatrist's help - US Representative Barney Frank acknowledged yesterday that for a brief time in 1989 he saw a psychiatrist and took antidepressant medication as he battled allegations from a gay prostitute and companion who had operated a sex-for-hire ring in the congressman's home. more>

Gay men in HIV concern - A small group of disaffected gay men in London are knowingly putting themselves in danger of contracting the HIV virus in the belief that it will give them a "badge" of belonging, a researcher has claimed. more>

HIV, AIDS Cases Rise Among U.S. Gay, Bisexual Men - A rise in new cases of AIDS and HIV infection among gay and bisexual men in many U.S. states, reported in a federal study on Wednesday, has given support for concerns the disease is resurgent in the country.

The report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released in connection with World AIDS Day, said new HIV and AIDS diagnoses in 32 U.S. states rose 11 percent among gay and bisexual men between 2000 and 2003. more>

HIV rate jumps among US gays - There has been a big rise in the number of new HIV cases among gay men in the United States, a report says.
The latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed a 17% increase in new HIV cases among gay men between 1999 and 2002.
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Homosexual partnerships and homosexual longevity: a replication - Replicating previous findings that homosexuals are underrepresented after middle age, the 1996 National Household Survey of Drug Abuse (N = 12,381) and 2000 Kaiser Family Foundation 15-city survey (N = 405) reported that homosexual men and women are seldom aged 50+ yr. and that older homosexuals are more apt to have a homosexual partner. Deaths of 228 homosexuals as recorded in the Washington Blade 1999-2001 were examined. Although more apt to have a partner when older, the median age of death of 88 homosexually partnered men was 45 yr., while for 118 unpartnered homosexual men it was 46 yr. This is consistent with the suggestion that homosexual partnering may be an additional hazard to men.

Homosexual Rape and Murder of Children - The homosexual historical footprint is large when it comes to the rape and murder of children. The most notorious child killer might be Gilles de Rais (Bluebeard), remembered for raping, torturing, and killing perhaps 800 boys in 15th century France. Gilles often raped the boy as he hung from a hook by the neck. Before he died, Gilles took him down, comforted him, repeated the act and either killed him himself or had him slain. In his confession, Gilles testified that “when the children were dead he kissed them and those who had the most handsome limbs and heads he held up to admire them, and had their bodies cut open and took delight at the sight of their inner organs; and very often when the said children were dying he sat on their stomachs and took pleasure in seeing them die and laughed...” (www.crimelibrary.com)

At the turn of the 19th century, “hobos” or “bums” in the U.S. were often driven from towns because it was believed that they were responsible for raping and killing boys. Even the murder of a boy by homosexual lovers Leopold and Loeb in 1924, then called the “crime of the century,” likely involved rape. As of July 23, 2001, the Associated Press list of the worst serial killers in the United States was topped by Donald Harvey, followed by John Wayne Gacy, Patrick Kearney, Bruce Davis and Dean Corll in descending number of victims (www.crimelibrary.com). All these perpetrators of serial crimes in the 1970s and 1980s engaged in homosexuality, and the majority of the victims for the last four killers were boys. more>

Homosexuals admit AIDS culpability - A Seattle AIDS group has published a manifesto that has stirred controversy among homosexuals because it acknowledges homosexual men must take responsibility for sexual excesses that spread the disease.

The document does include the common assertion condom use is the ultimate answer to preventing the spread of AIDS, reports Family News in Focus, a service of Focus on the Family. more>

Is "Pedophilia" a Mental Disorder - The definition of ‘mental health’ is usually derived in a round-about way from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual [DSM] of the American Psychiatric Association. If the client doesn’t have a designated pathology as listed in the DSM, he’s probably OK. Yet this doesn’t solve the question in any definitive way, since the DSM is changed periodically — 35 years ago homosexual behavior was a pathology, but today it’s OK. And other ‘pathologies’ are sure to follow this ‘it used to be a pathology, now it isn’t’ pattern.
Is ‘pedophilia’ going to join this parade? It might.

In one sense, we might ask ‘who cares?’ Child molestation would still be illegal irrespective of what mental health ‘experts’ said or did. Sexual interaction with a child is not the same thing as sexual commerce between two consenting adults (as, for example, with homosexuality). Children are considered to have a reduced capacity to consent to things adults routinely decide — certainly this is true when it comes to having sex with an adult.

Philosophically, the definition of “pedophilia” is winding along the same course that “homosexuality” and so-called “transsexualism” took 50 years ago. If psychiatry is consistent with its principles of ‘helping the client above all else,’ all the so-called ‘paraphilias’ will be abandoned. In the not too distant future, those who crave sex with children, or to torture or be tortured when they have sex, or to enjoy sex with animals, et cetera, will be have to be judged mentally “OK.”

So who or what is a “pedophile?” At this point in history, pedophilia is still a mental disorder, an unnatural sexual attraction to, and fixation upon, children. But within the next few years, the very term “pedophile” is likely to either be dropped from the nomenclature of psychiatry altogether, or it will become a parallel to the term “homosexual,” a way to describe someone’s mental state or orientation but without connoting any mental disability. more>

Kerry Blasts Bush on HIV/AIDS Policy - Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry is attacking President Bush's AIDS policy, saying the administration has failed to live up to the commitment it made to combat the pandemic.

Kerry claims to have a better plan, one that is "driven by science, not ideology." The science the Massachusetts senator is talking about, family advocates note, touts condoms as the best solution to the problem.

But Wendy Wright, senior policy director for Concerned Women for America, said condom use is hardly the best way to prevent infection.

"(HIV/AIDS) activist groups cannot point to a single country where their programs have been implemented where they've seen a decrease in the number of AIDS cases," Wright said. "Yet the places we have seen a decrease are ones that have implemented programs that President Bush supports." more>

Lesbian Community Assesses Health Issues - Accustomed to neglect from much of the medical establishment, the lesbian community is assigning itself the task of assessing - often bluntly - its members' distinctive array of health problems.

Even without a specific crisis as grave as the AIDS epidemic, the diagnosis is sobering: Compared to heterosexual women, lesbians appear to have higher rates of smoking, obesity and alcohol use. Often lacking health insurance or wary of unsympathetic doctors, they also may be less likely to undergo routine medical exams that could identify cancer and other problems at early stages. more>

MEDICAL CONSEQUENCES OF WHAT HOMOSEXUALS DO - Throughout history, the major civilizations major religions condemned homosexuality.1 Until 1961 homosexual acts were illegal throughout America.

Gays claim that the "prevailing attitude toward homosexuals in the U.S. and many other countries is revulsion and hostility....for acts and desires not harmful to anyone."3 The American Psychological Association and the American Public Health Association assured the U.S. Supreme Court in 1986 that "no significant data show that engaging in...oral and anal sex, results in mental or physical dysfunction."

What Homosexuals Do
The major surveys on homosexual behavior are summarized below. Two things stand out 1) homosexuals behave similarly world-over, and 2) as Harvard Medical Professor, Dr. William Haseltine,33 noted in 1993, the "changes in sexual behavior that have been reported to have occurred in some groups have proved, for the most part, to be transient. For example, bath houses and sex clubs in many cities have either reopened or were never closed."
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Rare infection may be risk to gay men in US - A rare sexually transmitted disease that is spreading among gay and bisexual men in Europe could be poised to surface in the United States, the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention said on Thursday.

The CDC, a federal agency that monitors epidemics and other health threats, urged doctors and clinics across the nation to be prepared to diagnose and treat gay and bisexual men infected with Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV). more>

Silent Slaughter - Since 1981 more Americans have died from AIDS than died in the Second World War – 468,000 to be exact. About 40,000 new AIDS cases are reported in the United States every year. About half of the victims are under 25 years of age

Back in the 1980s, when most of the dead (about 350,000 of them) were still alive, I interviewed Don Francis, an immunologist and epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control, who was a generally recognized hero of the battle against AIDS. Francis had been the CDC official in charge of the battle against the Hepatitis B epidemic in the 1970s. I asked him how epidemics are fought. He said that there was really only one way to fight an epidemic, which was to identify the carriers of the infection and to separate them from those in their path. How to manage this separation, he said – whether by quarantine, education or other methods -- was a political question. more>

The High Cost of Sodomy: Part I - Late in 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court added sodomy to its list of newly protected activities. Unlike heterosexual sex, which is necessary to produce children, sodomy entertains its participants, but contributes nothing in return. Instead, sodomy costs society a great deal, both monetarily and otherwise. In fact, sodomy may be the most costly of the Court's recently created ‘rights.'

Of course, many of the costs associated with sodomy are ‘hidden' or difficult to ‘price.' How do we estimate the cost of having to re-organize society to accommodate changes in marriage and family law or practice, for instance? What about changes in public accommodations or discrimination law due to new ‘civil rights?'

On the other hand, sodomy is ‘in our face,' and more so all the time. It has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans. Additionally, it has cost our society hundreds of billions of dollars. And we as taxpayers are on the hook for almost all the costs. The high cost of sodomy is not theory — it is fact . Let us consider some estimates of the social price of sodomy — both in lives lost and money spent.

Sodomy Costs Money: The Impact of AIDS, syphilis, cancer, research, drug regimens more>

The High Cost of Sodomy: Part II - A fatal disease such as AIDS costs society more than medical care. Indirect costs also enter in. There is the cost of having raised and prepared the AIDS patient for productive work. Think of the food, medical care, education, etc. that it takes to get a child ready for employment in our modern society. Think of the lost productivity due to that individual not being alive or physically able to be employed in his 30s, 40s, 50s, or 60s.

There are also costs for his employer while he is still alive. These include higher insurance premiums and having to periodically fill his position when he is getting medical treatment or feels too poorly to work, etc. And then, of course, there are the costs of finding and training his replacement. Los Angeles Times reporter Jennifer Oldham 1 estimated these employer costs at $32,000 per AIDS-employee over a five-year period — that is, over $6,000/year.

Oldham also estimated that the indirect cost of AIDS was about seven times the direct medical cost. Of course, today people with AIDS are living longer — and more of them are able to work for a while. In 1995, it was estimated that medical costs for an AIDS patient were running about $35,000/year. These costs in drugs and medical treatment often continue until the patient dies. So if a homosexual practitioner lives 5 years with AIDS, direct medical costs will total about $175,000 and the indirect costs about $1.2 million. If he lives 8 years the direct costs will total about $280,000 and the indirect costs about $2 million. more>

Violence and Homosexuality - In 1992 two Jeffersonville, Indiana lesbians, aged 17 and 16, abducted a 12-year-old girl whom they accused of trying to "steal a girlfriend." The little girl was pushed into the trunk of a car, stabbed repeatedly, and beaten with a heavy metal bar. While still struggling, they poured gasoline on her and set her ablaze. Later that year a Fort Lauderdale, Florida 14-year-old was convicted of first-degree murder for helping to kill his 40-year-old father. The father "was stabbed 45 times and beaten so badly with an iron skillet that the skillet shattered." The boy confessed that he helped his father’s former homosexual lover and roommate kill him so he and the 31-year-old "could live together." more>

What Causes Homosexual Desire and Can It Be Changed? Most of us fail to understand why anyone would want to engage in homosexual activity. To the average person, the very idea is either puzzling or repugnant. Indeed, a recent survey (1) indicated that only 14% of men and 10% of women imagined that such behavior could hold any "possibility of enjoyment."

The peculiar nature of homosexual desire has led some people to conclude that this urge must be innate: that a certain number of people are "born that way," that sexual preferences cannot be changed or even ended. What does the best research really indicate? Are homosexual proclivities natural or irresistible? more>

Politics / Politicians / Legislation / Hate Crimes / John Kerry / Federal Marriage Amendment

 Federal Marriage Amendment

Bush Speaks Out Against Gay Marriage - President Bush said on Saturday that allowing gay marriage would undermine families, as he played to his conservative base by pushing a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex unions.
Bush made the highly charged issue of gay marriage the focus of his weekly radio address the day after the U.S. Senate opened debate on the proposed gay-marriage ban, which seemed certain to fail.

"A great deal is at stake in this matter," Bush said. "For ages, in every culture, human beings have understood that traditional marriage is critical to the well-being of families. ... And changing the definition of traditional marriage will undermine the family structure."

It was the second time this week the Republican president raised the subject of gay marriage as his campaign tried to focus on social issues, including the abortion debate. more>

Dobson: Senators 'cowed' by homosexual lobbyists - Most prepared to vote against Federal Marriage Amendment - As the Senate debates the Federal Marriage Amendment, supporters of the measure charge a number of lawmakers are afraid to vote according to their inclinations because they fear the homosexual lobby.

"Many of them are bobbing and weaving from day to day," says James Dobson, whose new political lobby group, Focus Action, has taken on the proposed amendment as its first issue.

"A distressing number of U.S. senators and congressmen are being cowed by the homosexual lobby and are afraid to support the amendment," Dobson said in a letter to supporters of the lobby group yesterday. "Indeed, many of them who ran as conservatives are running instead for the tall grass." more>

Federal Marriage Amendment: Our Position - Family Research Institute believes that the judicially-initiated assault on marriage is violative of good social order and will have a profoundly negative public health impact.

Homosexual relationships cannot produce children in and of themselves. In that sense homosexual relationships might appear irrelevant to society. But homosexual relationships, instead of being irrelevant, are profoundly harmful to society.

First, homosexual relationships are a well-spring for the recruiting of youth and others to become homosexual practitioners. The scientific evidence demonstrates that those who engage in homosexuality are less apt to get married, less apt to be faithful marriage partners if they get married, and less apt to produce well-socialized children if they have progeny.

Further, those who engage in homosexual relationships disproportionately engage in criminality, child molestation, interpersonal violence, illicit drug use and other forms of substance abuse, more frequently test as mentally disturbed, and contribute less to the commonweal.

Secondly, homosexual relationships disproportionately spread disease (e.g., AIDS, hepatitis B, syphilis). Many of these diseases cost society a great deal (perhaps as much as 1% of the United States' Gross Domestic Product [GDP] for AIDS alone, at least half of which is attributable to homosexual males).

Third, males who form homosexual partnerships (or ‘marriages') are more apt to acquire blood-borne germs and infectious agents than those who do not form such partnerships. They thus endanger themselves and those with whom they interact, including medical personnel who treat them and those whom these homosexual practitioners serve as food handlers, surgeons, or in other intimate capacities. more>

Gay Marriage: The Controversy Continues - The Federal Marriage Amendment was denied in the Senate last Wednesday, with a 50 to 48 vote, minus John Kerry and John Edwards' vote. The issue has caused great debate and controversy as the question considers if homosexuals should be given the right to marry or if marriage itself should be protected by its traditional roots of one man and one woman. So who is right?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary gives a lucid definition of what marriage is:

Marriage:

1 : the mutual relation of husband and wife. the institution whereby men and women are joined in a special kind of social and legal dependence for the purpose of founding and maintaining a family;
2 : an act of marrying or the rite by which the married status is effected; especially : the wedding ceremony and attendant festivities or formalities;
3 : an intimate or close union <the marriage of painting and poetry —J. T. Shawcross>

As clearly defined, marriage is between a husband and his wife. However, if marriage is so easily defined, then why are homosexuals and gay sympathizers turning it into such a deceiving issue? Why do they want something that does not belong to them? The answer: There is no logical explanation other than selfishness. They can’t have it, so they want it.

No one can stop people from being homosexuals. They should have rights like any other person without discrimination, but when homosexuals threaten important institutions such as marriage, a line must be drawn. more>

Why Black Americans Oppose Homosexual Marriage - Why are black Americans so opposed to homosexual marriage even as they vote liberal? It has to do with the consequences--felt most severely by blacks--of the sexual revolution and the price paid for the abandonment of moral truth, says Gene Edward Veith, culture editor of World Magazine. We have excerpted his column from BreakPoint below.

The Methodists fought, the Presbyterians (USA) dithered, and the Episcopalians gave in as their national conventions struggled over what to do about homosexuality. But the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), the largest black church in the country with 2.5 million members, voted in its national convention unanimously not to allow pastors to perform same-sex marriages.

Black Americans tend to be liberal politically. They are the most reliable components of the Democratic Party's base, with the possible exception of gays, whose causes Democrats and liberals are championing. And yet, black Americans are among the demographic groups most opposed to gay marriage.

This frustrates gay activists and their allies. African-Americans have experienced terrible discrimination. Why aren't they more sympathetic with the discrimination that gays experience? There used to be laws against blacks marrying whites. Just as those racist laws needed to be repealed, surely the laws against men marrying men also need to be repealed. Blacks and gays should be natural allies, liberals are saying. more>

 Hate Crimes / Hate Speech

California Hate Speech Law Raises Questions - When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on September 22 signed California's sweeping new hate speech law, he may have signed on for more than he bargained for.

The law, SB1234, classifies as "hate speech" any public expression that makes certain favored citizens feel "unwelcome" or "intimidated." Anyone found guilty of using such expressions could face six months in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Homosexuals, transsexuals, women, the homeless and assorted minority groups have been given the authority to decide what constitutes "hate speech." It's all based on their emotional response to a speech, a conversation, a book or article, a poster, a radio broadcast--whatever. If it makes them feel uncomfortable, it's hate speech.

The next time Arnold calls his political opponents "girlie men," he'd better watch out.

The next time a movie house or a TV station runs Conan the Barbarian, it had better be carefully edited, or the governor's in trouble. (Conan includes a scene in which the hero clobbers a homosexual man who comes on to him.) Arnold had better be careful about some of his other movies, too. True Lies might be construed as anti-Muslim hate speech, and Red Heat isn't exactly complimentary to inner-city blacks.

Actually, the law's threat to Californians' civil liberties is more serious than that.

With SB1234 in place, what will happen the next time a Christian minister preaches from Romans 1, or a Jewish rabbi from Leviticus 19? These are just two of many Bible passages which say homosexual behavior is a sin. That might make someone in the congregation feel "unwelcome."

How will it be possible to have a public debate on abortion, same-sex "marriage," or publicly funded sex-change operations without the "con" side breaking the law?

What about articles and books, published in other states but available in California, whose writers take positions that make feminists, homosexual activists, or abortion advocates "feel intimidated"? Are these to be banned in California?

Will it be possible for a lawyer to defend California's current marriage laws before the State Supreme Court? What if his arguments offend a journalist covering the hearing, or a stenographer, or even a judge?

It's possible that this absurd law will someday be struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. The sooner that happens, the better.

Canadian hate speech: Reactions to bill C-250, mostly by Conservative Christians - The bill was given royal assent by the Queen's representative in Canada on 2004-APR-29. It took immediate effect. It is now part of the legal code of Canada. Some propaganda directing hatred against persons of any sexual orientation, heterosexuals, homosexuals and/or bisexuals, is now a crime in Canada. Sexual orientation now joins four other groups protected against hate speech on the basis of their "color, race, religion or ethnic origin." However, a "not withstanding" clause allows religiously motivated hate speech.

The legislation was strongly opposed by religious conservatives. They warned that Christian pastors or Muslim Imams could find themselves in jail if they were to preach that homosexuality is evil or sinful. They suggest that the Bible and/or Qur'an might be confiscated as hate literature. This is most unlikely. The bill contains a "not withstanding" clause which prevents prosecution of individuals for religiously motivated hate speech. Thus, if a person referred to passages in a Bible or any other religious text during the presentation of hate speech, then they could not be prosecuted under the law. Vic Toews of Canada's right-wing party, the Canadian Alliance, said: ''I'm concerned about the chilling effect of this kind of decision.'' more>

Gay man awarded $1,000 for 'fifi' comment - A gay man who was called a "fifi" by a used car salesman has been awarded $1,000 by Quebec's Human Rights Tribunal. more>

Homosexual lawyer: I'm not 'homosexual'! Man challenging marriage protection screams 'no one calls me the H-word' - Is the word "homosexual" a term invoking hate or derision?

The question arises after a homosexual attorney fighting against a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages was infuriated when called "homosexual" by opposing lawyers.

Attorney John Rawls insisted he was not a homosexual, but, rather, a "gay" man.

In a hearing Friday before Louisiana District Judge Mike Caldwell, Rawls, according to published reports, lost his temper, his face turned red, and he lunged at the attorney defending traditional heterosexual marriage.

"No one calls me the H-word," Rawls said in defense of his outburst. more>

Kennedy, Liberal Republicans Urge Protection for Homosexuals - With the support of liberal Republicans, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) has reintroduced legislation that would expand federal hate crime laws to include crimes motivated by a victim's "sexual orientation."

Co-sponsored by Republican Sens. Arlen Specter (Pa.) and Gordon Smith (Ore.), Kennedy's bill would add the new classification to existing laws that target violence because of race and religion, in effect granting special protection to homosexuals as a class of people.

The bill, titled the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act of 2003, also would increase federal jurisdiction in hate crimes, allowing the Justice Department to investigate crimes against homosexuals even if local authorities found no reason to prosecute them, legal analysts said. more>

Law Firm Raises Alarm Over Pennsylvania Hate Crimes Law - A public interest law firm of, I suppose, a conservative persuasion is raising an alarm about changes in Pennsylvania's hate crimes statute which would appear to threaten religious liberty about, what else, same sex attraction and homosexual behavior.

Pennsylvania’s hate crimes law was recently amended to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as motives that trigger heavier penalties for those found guilty of the crime of “harassment.” More ominously, the definition of “harassment” was expanded to include “harassment by communication” – which means that one could be convicted of “harassment” on the basis of spoken words alone. more>

Politicians / Politics / Legislation

Coming Out of the Pantry - My friend Pete just wrote to ask how we should respond when people ask us, “Are you saying they [homosexuals] chose their attractions?” Here’s my reply.

It's time for me to come out of the pantry, Pete -- as New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey might put it, "I am a fat American." I've been fat ever since I was four. Family legend has it that I was skinny until my brother went to kindergarten, and I chose to respond to the trauma of separation by drowning my sorrows in peanut butter and jelly.

I never chose to be fat, I've been that way ever since I can remember. However, I see now that being fat is the natural result of my love affair with food, both garden-variety gluttony and my lifelong habit of using food to medicate emotional hurts. Early on, I adopted the destructive behavior, and over the years I unwittingly cultivated it, until it became a life-corrupting monster. As a child, I learned to identify myself as the fat kid, and grew comfortable in the uncomfortable role. I never knew what I was doing, never understood what obesity would do to me. Regrettably, I'm now suffering the consequences of obesity, the culmination of those thousand little choices I made over the years: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, painful joints, increased risk of cancer.

The good news is, I don't have to play this role forever. Every time I open my mouth, I have a choice over what goes in. Dealing with the emotional problems, transforming my self-image, and losing the excess weight, is a very, very tough battle, but it is possible to make progress. So far, I've lost 40 pounds, and I still have 40 to go.

No analogy is perfect, but the parallel to homosexuality here seems clear. The best psychiatrists and therapists (check out Charles Socarides and Jeffrey Satinover) acknowledge that same-sex attraction is a deep-seated emotional disorder, often triggered by a traumatic event, but shaped largely by choices made even as a child in responding to the trauma. In this respect, homosexual attraction is chosen, though unwittingly.

The adult homosexual can honestly say that he never consciously chose same-sex attraction. However, he does have the power to decide whether to indulge in the behavior. Every time he chooses to abstain, he weakens the grip the behavior has on him, and he weakens the attraction itself.

So what do you say to the person who says, "I didn't choose to be this way"? If you really care about him, you won't duck the subject, or encourage him to continue in the destructive lifestyle. Although the related diseases are different, homosexuality is just as deadly as obesity—even apart from AIDS. I'd respond by saying, "Actually, it might be the result of a lot of little choices you made, and if you check into it, you might gain some interesting insights. But whether you chose the attraction or not, you can always choose whether to act on those feelings. And if you choose to resist, you can eventually control, and even defeat those feelings." More and more people are breaking the chain of same-sex attraction every day.

Democrats hope for more gay and lesbian delegates at convention - Democratic parties in 15 states and Puerto Rico have set numerical goals for gays and lesbian delegates at the party's national convention this summer, double the number that set a standard in 2000.

CALIFORNIA: 440 total delegates, including 22 gay men and 22 lesbians.
COLORADO: 64 total delegates, including three gay or lesbian delegates.
FLORIDA: 201 total delegates, including 20 gay or lesbian delegates, plus three alternates.
IOWA: 56 total delegates, including two gay or lesbian delegates.
KANSAS: 41 total delegates, including two gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered delegates.
MAINE: 35 total delegates, including three gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered delegates.
MASSACHUSETTS: 121 total delegates, including eight gay or lesbian delegates.
MICHIGAN: 154 total delegates, including five gay or lesbian delegates, plus one alternate.
NEVADA: 32 total delegates, one gay or lesbian delegate.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: 27 total delegates. Goal to have eight delegates combined from the following groups: seniors, youth, gays and lesbians and persons with disability.
NEW JERSEY: 129 total delegates, including three gay, lesbian or bisexual delegates.
NEW YORK: 285 total delegates, including at least 23 gay and lesbian delegates.
NORTH CAROLINA: 107 total delegates, including at least five gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered delegates. OHIO: 159 total delegates, including 10 gay or lesbian delegates, plus one alternate.
PUERTO RICO: 58 total delegates, including two gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered delegates.
RHODE ISLAND: 32 total delegates, including one gay or lesbian delegate.
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First Mom - When Teresa Heinz Kerry invited gay delegates at the July Democratic National Convention to "call me Mama T," the crowd burst into chants of "Mama T," "Mama T."

It was the kind of spontaneous love-fest Heinz Kerry has not always received on the campaign trail, where she has been described as more cerebral than emotional and where she has been on the receiving end of right-wing attacks.

It is easy to see why she connects with gays and lesbians. Even though she does not have gay children and opposes same-sex marriage, she comes across as the picture of a PFLAG mom, the kind of middle-aged straight woman who gets the warmest reception at Pride parades. If her husband is elected president, she pledges to make gay tolerance a centerpiece of her First Lady duties. more>

Gays More Anti-Bush Than Pro-Kerry - Later, in a nearby room, the Service Employees International Union members chanted the Democratic presidential candidate's name so loudly that the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Caucus (search) that had followed the Latino caucus meeting could hear their enthusiasm through the wall.

But inside the GLBT meeting, the mood was more subdued as delegates decried the actions of President Bush, but also expressed skepticism about the commitment of John Kerry to the issues important to them. Both Kerry and John Edwards opposed Bush's proposed constitutional amendment barring gay marriage (search), but, to the dismay of homosexuals, they have said little more than that it is a decision for the states. Homosexuals would like much more. Although they are energized to throw out Bush, a man they see as deeply opposed to gay rights, they wish Kerry would give them more to be excited about. more>

Gays to gain in Kerry White House - A parade of Democratic leaders and Hollywood stars, including Ben Affleck, yesterday reassured homosexual delegates and advocates that they have a lot to gain by defeating the Bush administration and electing a Kerry administration.

"If nothing else, you will have a mom in the White House," Teresa Heinz Kerry said before the packed hotel room of homosexual delegates and advocates.

"You're pushing the envelope, and we, as a country, have to respond with policies and cultural acceptance," said Mrs. Kerry, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry.

Dignity and respect are paramount qualities, she said. If any of the Kerry children were to say they were homosexual and wanted to marry their partner, she said, "I would ... share my joy and my pride with all my friends," just as if they were marrying someone of the opposite sex.
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How Barney Frank Helped the 9/11 Hijackers - I have just finished reading the 500-page ''9/11 Commission Report,'' and what becomes quite apparent is that the weakest link in our anti terrorism defense system prior to 9/11 was the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

It was so weak that it became a revolving door for al Qaeda sleeper terrorists who were issued visas that permitted them to come and go as they pleased. And the one man responsible for creating this revolving door was Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts, whose 1989 Frank Amendment to INS procedures paved the way for the 19 hijackers to freely enter this country, take flying lessons, and quietly prepare for their deadly attack with no notice from our intelligence agencies.

From the 1983 bombing of the marine barracks in Lebanon that killed 241 soldiers to the 1985 hijackings of TWA Flight 847 and the cruise liner Achille Lauro, Middle Eastern terror was now on the White House's priority agenda. Some CIA officers complained to the president's national security team about their frustration with the FBI and warned that America was vulnerable to Islamic terrorists entering on legal visas and setting up sleeper cells. Reagan responded in September 1986 by forming an interagency task force, the Alien Border Control Committee (ABCC), whose purpose was to block entry of suspected terrorists and to deport militants who either had come into the country illegally or had overstayed their visas. The CIA and FBI joined the ABCC effort.

Six months after its formation, the ABCC had its first notable success. The CIA tipped off the FBI to a group of suspected Palestinian terrorists in Los Angeles. The Bureau arrested eight men. But instead of being lauded, the Bureau and the Agency came under harsh attack from civil liberties groups who argued that the ABCC should be banned from using any information the CIA gained from the government's routine processing of visa requests. Congressman Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat who was a strong advocate of protecting civil liberties, led a successful effort to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act so that membership in a terrorist group was no longer sufficient to deny a visa. Under Frank's amendment, which seems unthinkable post-9/11, a visa could only be denied if the government could prove that the applicant had committed an act of terrorism. Rendered toothless by the Frank amendment, the Reagan administration had virtually no way to block entry visas even when there was information linking the individuals to terrorist groups.

And that is why the 9/11 hijackers were able to carry out their devastating attack without any notice by our intelligence agencies. The Clinton administration had also set up a ''wall'' between the CIA and the FBI so that sharing intelligence between them became illegal. more>

How McGreevey's 'Sleaze' Will Hurt Kerry and Help Bush - New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey's outrageous attempt to win sympathy as a confused "gay American" instead of admitting he is a corrupt American will hurt John Kerry and help President Bush, suggests Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics.

"The governor wrapped himself in the rainbow flag of gay rights to cover up some most unappealing warts. First, his administration has been surrounded by the stench of corruption almost from the beginning – and there is certainly more to come," Sabato writes in his popular e-mail newsletter, Crystal Ball.

"Second, the people of New Jersey seemed to smell a rat virtually from the beginning of his term; McGreevey has been consistently unpopular, so low in the polls that few would have bet that he would even have been nominated by the Democrats for a second term.

"Third and most important, McGreevey has led a governorship of personal sleaze. He has intentionally used two older women – his wives – and two younger women (his daughters) as props to cover up his double life.
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John Kerry flip-flops on same-sex marriage - In homosexual magazine interview Democrat contradicts himself twice In an interview with a homosexual magazine published yesterday, Sen. John Kerry was caught in two apparent flip-flops on same-sex marriage.

Confronted with his previous statement of support for Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage, the Democratic presidential candidate told Between the Lines magazine his position was based on the assumption the measure, passed in August by 71 percent, also barred civil unions.

But that amendment, in fact, does not address Vermont-style civil unions at all.

The interviewer, Lisa Keen, noted in the text that it was only after the Sept. 9 conversation with Kerry that she learned the Missouri initiative does not explicitly ban civil unions, unlike measures in Michigan and Ohio.

Also, in his attempt to dismiss the necessity of the Federal Marriage Amendment, Kerry contradicted a previous assertion about states rights. On the previous occasion, in 1996, he used the opposite interpretation of the Constitution to disparage the Defense of Marriage Act. more>

Kerry, Edwards only 2 avoiding marriage issue - List of senators shows who supported moving forward with amendment -

Alabama: Sessions (R-AL), Yea Shelby (R-AL), Yea
Alaska:
Murkowski (R-AK), Yea Stevens (R-AK), Yea
Arizona:
Kyl (R-AZ), Yea McCain (R-AZ), Nay
Arkansas:
Lincoln (D-AR), Nay Pryor (D-AR), Nay
California:
Boxer (D-CA), Nay Feinstein (D-CA), Nay
Colorado:
Allard (R-CO), Yea Campbell (R-CO), Nay
Connecticut:
Dodd (D-CT), Nay Lieberman (D-CT), Nay
Delaware:
Biden (D-DE), Nay Carper (D-DE), Nay
Florida:
Graham (D-FL), Nay Nelson (D-FL), Nay
Georgia:
Chambliss (R-GA), Yea Miller (D-GA), Yea
Hawaii:
Akaka (D-HI), Nay Inouye (D-HI), Nay
Idaho:
Craig (R-ID), Yea Crapo (R-ID), Yea
Illinois:
Durbin (D-IL), Nay Fitzgerald (R-IL), Yea
Indiana:
Bayh (D-IN), Nay Lugar (R-IN), Yea
Iowa:
Grassley (R-IA), Yea Harkin (D-IA), Nay
Kansas:
Brownback (R-KS), Yea Roberts (R-KS), Yea
Kentucky:
Bunning (R-KY), Yea McConnell (R-KY), Yea
Louisiana:
Breaux (D-LA), Nay Landrieu (D-LA), Nay
Maine:
Collins (R-ME), Nay Snowe (R-ME), Nay
Maryland:
Mikulski (D-MD), Nay Sarbanes (D-MD), Nay
Massachusetts: Kennedy (D-MA), Nay Kerry (D-MA), Not Voting
Michigan: Levin (D-MI), Nay Stabenow (D-MI), Nay
Minnesota:
Coleman (R-MN), Yea Dayton (D-MN), Nay
Mississippi:
Cochran (R-MS), Yea Lott (R-MS), Yea
Missouri:
Bond (R-MO), Yea Talent (R-MO), Yea
Montana:
Baucus (D-MT), Nay Burns (R-MT), Yea
Nebraska:
Hagel (R-NE), Yea Nelson (D-NE), Yea
Nevada:
Ensign (R-NV), Yea Reid (D-NV), Nay
New Hampshire:
Gregg (R-NH), Yea Sununu (R-NH), Nay
New Jersey:
Corzine (D-NJ), Nay Lautenberg (D-NJ), Nay
New Mexico:
Bingaman (D-NM), Nay Domenici (R-NM), Yea
New York:
Clinton (D-NY), Nay Schumer (D-NY), Nay
North Carolina: Dole (R-NC), Yea Edwards (D-NC), Not Voting
North Dakota: Conrad (D-ND), Nay Dorgan (D-ND), Nay
Ohio:
DeWine (R-OH), Yea Voinovich (R-OH), Yea
Oklahoma:
Inhofe (R-OK), Yea Nickles (R-OK), Yea
Oregon:
Smith (R-OR), Yea Wyden (D-OR), Nay
Pennsylvania:
Santorum (R-PA), Yea Specter (R-PA), Yea
Rhode Island:
Chafee (R-RI), Nay Reed (D-RI), Nay
South Carolina:
Graham (R-SC), Yea Hollings (D-SC), Nay
South Dakota:
Daschle (D-SD), Nay Johnson (D-SD), Nay
Tennessee:
Alexander (R-TN), Yea Frist (R-TN), Yea
Texas:
Cornyn (R-TX), Yea Hutchison (R-TX), Yea
Utah:
Bennett (R-UT), Yea Hatch (R-UT), Yea
Vermont:
Jeffords (I-VT), Nay Leahy (D-VT), Nay
Virginia:
Allen (R-VA), Yea Warner (R-VA), Yea
Washington:
Cantwell (D-WA), Nay Murray (D-WA), Nay
West Virginia:
Byrd (D-WV), Yea Rockefeller (D-WV), Nay
Wisconsin:
Feingold (D-WI), Nay Kohl (D-WI), Nay
Wyoming:
Enzi (R-WY), Yea Thomas (R-WY), Yea

Kerry-Edwards: The ambiguously 'gay' duo - There is only one litmus test that a politician must pass these days to prove whether or not they are interested in protecting marriage from being redefined by activist judges: "Do you support the president's call for a constitutional amendment to protect marriage?"

John Kerry and John Edwards have tried to sell a false impression to voters on marriage.

Both have said publicly that they oppose the idea of "same-sex marriage." I have heard their advocates reaffirm this position. I have had extreme right-wingers try to tell me that they are no different than the president on the issue. But this facade is flimsy and should not be believed for even a moment.

Just this week, the National Stonewall Democrats – a group that advocates on behalf of those who practice homosexuality – pronounced Kerry-Edwards as the "most pro-gay ticket in the history of presidential politics." The Human Rights Campaign – Washington's largest homosexual lobbying group – gave the two men a 100 percent rating on their voting records on issues of advancing homosexual issues, life and marriage. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force referred to them as the most "gay-supportive" pairing in history.

These analyses by homosexual activist groups should surprise no one. John Kerry has penned dozens of letters to his home state assembly in Massachusetts, as a sitting U.S. senator, always urging passage of the pro-homosexual view of more than a dozen state-level issues. And it is John Kerry's own Massachusetts Democratic Party that has pushed "same sex marriage" to the very forefront of debate by aggressively seeking its legalization.

John Edwards has also fought hard for the pro-homosexual initiatives. By compiling his various public statements, senate votes, and even the trial cases he has argued, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force gave him ratings on 13 separate homosexual issues. On nine of the 13, he scored "highly favorable". more>

Kerry-Edwards most 'gay'-friendly ticket - Head of organization giddy over history-making Democratic duo - The Edwards-Kerry presidential ticket is the most "gay-supportive" in the history of the U.S., the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute has declared.

The group's executive director, Matt Foreman – who has vowed to politically "punish," "terrify" and "torture" activists who oppose his organization's agenda – says in a statement the presumptive Democratic ticket is " the most gay-supportive national ticket in American history."

The group commented on Edwards' "strong support for key issues important to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and [transgendered]" persons, including supporting nine of 13 key issues of importance to homosexuals.

Kerry's campaign website includes a page devoted to the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) community. The site declares:

"With a 100 percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign since 1995, John Kerry is a powerful voice in the ongoing fight for civil rights for gay and lesbian Americans."

One of Kerry's priorities, according to the site, is "protecting gay and lesbian families."

"John Kerry believes that same-sex couples should be granted rights, including access to pensions, health insurance, family medical leave, bereavement leave, hospital visitation, survivor benefits, and other basic legal protections that all families and children need," the site proclaims. "He has supported legislation to provide domestic partners of federal employees the benefits available to spouses of federal employees. He was one of 14 senators – and the only one up for re-election in 1996 – to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act."

Kerry: Government should recognize state-sanctioned 'marriages' - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has told homosexual activists that the federal government should recognize same-sex “marriages” and civil unions that are legalized on the state level, The Washington Post reported March 4.

His position means that the federal government would grant the same 1,000-plus benefits enjoyed by married couples nationwide to same-sex couples -- provided that those couples lives in a state that allows for same-sex “marriage” or civil unions.

Kerry Lies About Homosexual "Marriage" - Desperate to shed the label of Massachusetts liberal, Senator and presidential candidate John Kerry claims that his position on homosexual marriage is the same as that of Vice President Dick Cheney. Kerry says, "Vice President Cheney has the same position I do." The media have failed to note that this is a blatant lie. In an exclusive interview published by the Denver Post on January 11, Cheney said "he would support a presidential push to ban same-sex marriage" and that "recent action by courts in Massachusetts and other states that recognize gays' rights to the civil benefits of marriage has caused the administration to revisit the need for a constitutional amendment." By contrast, Kerry opposes any federal action to stop homosexual marriage. more>

Kerry most 'pro-gay' prez candidate ever - 'Pride Across America' campaign plans booths at 60 'pride' events in 22 states - Touted as the "most pro-gay presidential candidate ever," Sen. John Kerry's campaign has announced a "Pride Across America" program targeting the homosexual community with booths at 60 "pride" events in 22 states over the summer months.

Kerry on the Record: The Gay Marriage Flip-Flop - When it comes to the gay marriage issue, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., finds himself in a delicate balancing act – trying to avoid appearing bigoted while catering to heterosexual and religious voters.

With his own home state of Massachusetts coming up on a court-imposed two and one-half year window (starting May 17) in which gay couples can legally marry, Kerry says that he would support a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would prohibit gay marriage – so long as, while outlawing gay marriage, it also ensured that same-sex couples have access to all legal rights that married couples receive. more>

Kerry pushes 'GLBT' bumper stickers - Campaign website shows support for homosexual activism - Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign offers "GLBT" bumper stickers, a demonstration of his support for "gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered" activism.

As WND reported, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute has declared the Edwards-Kerry presidential ticket the most "gay-supportive" in the history of the U.S. more>

JOHN KERRY: EVANGELICAL ISSUES OVERVIEW - Kerry Voted Against Marriage Penalty Relief At Least 22 Times.

Kerry Was One Of Only 14 Senators To Vote Against 1996 Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA), Which Banned Federal Recognition Of Gay Marriage And Same-Sex Partner Benefits. (H.R. 3396, CQ Vote #280: Passed 85-14: R 53-0; D 32-14, 9/10/96, Kerry Voted Nay)

Kerry Praised Massachusetts Civil Unions Ruling, Saying It Called On MA Legislature To "Ensure Equal Protection For Gay Couples." "I have long believed that gay men and lesbians should be assured equal protection and the same benefits - from health to survivor benefits to hospital visitation - that all families deserve. While I continue to oppose gay marriage, I believe that today’s decision calls on the Massachusetts state legislature to take action to ensure equal protection for gay couples. These protections are long over due." (John Kerry For President, "Statement From John Kerry On Massachusetts Gay Marriage Ruling," Press Release, 11/18/03)

Kerry Supports "Access To Pensions, Health Insurance, Family Medical Leave, Bereavement Leave, Hospital Visitation, Survivor Benefits, And Other Basic Legal Protections" For Same-Sex Couples. "John Kerry believes that same-sex couples should be granted rights, including access to pensions, health insurance, family medical leave, bereavement leave, hospital visitation, survivor benefits, and other basic legal protections that all families and children need. He has supported legislation to provide domestic partners of federal employees the benefits available to spouses of federal employees." (John Kerry For President Website, "A Record Of Working On Behalf Of Gay And Lesbian Americans," www.johnkerry.com, Accessed 1/27/04)

Kerry Expressed "Moral Outrage" With Vatican’s Statement On Gay Marriage. "[Kerry] said political concerns are secondary to his moral outrage over Thursday’s Vatican statement on gay marriage. ‘Our founding fathers separated church and state in America. It is an important separation,’ he said. ‘It is part of what makes America different and special, and we need to honor that as we go forward and I’m going to fight to do that.’ Catholics were stunned at the broadside from Kerry, saying he’s sure to draw the ire of some 65 million voting Catholics." (David R. Guarino, "Kerry Raps Pope," The Boston Herald, 8/2/03) more>

Kerry’s Big Time Lie - Only 14 senators voted against Bill Clinton's Defense of Marriage Act. John Kerry was one of them. Kerry, once proud of that vote, now says, "I'm against gay marriage. Everybody knows that."

As Kerry beats a hasty retreat from his home state's homosexual radicalism, it is worth remembering that homosexual activists in Massachusetts supported Kerry in his 1996 senate race with William Weld even though Weld was a very loud supporter of homosexual causes. Homosexual activists sided with Kerry because they knew that Kerry was even more in the tank for them than Weld. They knew that Kerry would accelerate their agenda and wouldn't put up any serious resistance to the most radical items on their agenda, including homosexual marriage. (On his campaign website, where he appeals to homosexual voters, Kerry notes that he opposed Clinton's marriage bill during an "election year." Not mentioned is that he was basically in a bidding war with William Weld for the homosexual vote.) more>

Mitt’s message to the nation on gay marriage: Don’t Mass. it up - Gov. Mitt Romney turns up the heat on Sen. John F. Kerry today by joining Republicans pushing a national gay marriage ban seen as an attempt to embarrass Kerry days before his nomination next month.

Romney, an ardent opponent of gay marriage, will urge the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington to ensure other states don't follow Massachusetts into gay marriage legalization.

``This is what happened in Massachusetts,'' Romney will say, according to his prepared testimony, provided to the Herald. ``It is in your hands to determine whether or not this will be the fate of the nation.''

The testimony comes less than a week after Romney and Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey became the first Republicans to call for Kerry to resign over missed votes in the Senate.
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Same-sex marriage Kerry flip-flop? Critics say candidate playing both sides, cite his column in homosexual newspaper - Though Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry says he opposes legalizing same-sex marriage, critics are pointing to the candidate's radical statements and writings in favor of homosexual marriage and claim this is one more divisive issue on which Kerry is attempting to play to both sides in an election year.

Kerry was one of just a few senators who voted against the Defense of Marriage Act, which then-President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1996.

In a 1996 column for the homosexual publication the Advocate, Kerry slammed the act, known as DOMA, calling it "as unconstitutional and unnecessary as it is mean-spirited and malicious." more>

Teresa Promises to be Mother for Homosexuals at White House - Democrats promise gay activists they will pass a gay-rights constitutional amendment. "The stakes have never been higher," says Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), who is "married" to a woman with whom she is raising twin baby boys. Convention chairman Bill Richardson tells the Gay Caucus: "You're an essential part of the Democratic family." Read "Gays to gain in Kerry White House" in the Washington Times.

Meanwhile, Teresa Heinz Kerry tells the Gay Caucus she would be joyful and proud if her kids were gay and married other homosexuals. But is this the real Teresa Kerry? Read "Wacky wife has become 'Mother' Teresa" in the New York Post.