Effects of Alternative Lifestyles

Same-Sex Marriage Flounders, Numbers Drop Each Year

“Same-sex advocates want same-sex marriage not to get married but to radically redefine marriage and upset the culture. Same-sex marriage would drastically alter our society and hurt children.” Liberty Counsel Matthew D. Staver Fewer Homosexuals Interested in ‘Tying the Knot’ After the clamor to legalize same-sex marriage, it turns out that not many homosexuals really want it. Following a bitter battle last year, the Spanish government gave homosexuals the right to marry. Since the law took effect last July 3, until May 31, only 1,275 same-sex marriages took place, reported the Madrid daily newspaper ABC last Saturday. Comparatively, that would add up to a mere 0.6% of the 209,125 marriages contracted in Spain during 2005. Of the total number of same-sex marriages, 923 were between males and 352 among females. A recent study by the Virginia-based Institute for Marriage and Public Policy did a roundup of same-sex marriage trends. The study, “Demand for Same-Sex Marriage: Evidence from the United States, Canada and Europe,” was published April 26. So far the highest estimate of the proportion of homosexuals who have used the new laws to marry is in the American state of Massachusetts, with 16.7% tying the knot. But this seems to be an exception. In the Netherlands, where same-sex marriage has been established the longest, the percentage was far lower. The authors of the study, Maggie Gallagher and Joshua Baker, warn that it is often difficult to obtain precise data, either on the number of same-sex marriages, or on the number of homosexuals in a given geographical area. In April 2001, the Netherlands became the first country to legally...

U.S. State Department Succumbs to Homosexual Pressure in UN Vote

A coalition of radical homosexual groups put heavy pressure on the Bush Administration to change its vote to allow UN accreditation of homosexual groups seeking UN recognition. Though they were unsuccessful in gaining accreditation for the groups, they are claiming credit on their websites for getting the US to change what was a no vote to a yes. The UN committee on non-governmental organizations [NGOs] has rejected two homosexual rights groups for “consultative status” with the UN Economic and Social Council. Rejected were the Lesbian and Gay Federation of Germany and the International Lesbian and Gay Association of Europe. Voting in favor of rejecting the groups were Cameroon, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Iran, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Senegal, Sudan and Zimbabwe. Voting against rejecting the groups were Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Peru, Romania and the United States. India and Turkey abstained. Last January, the United States voted against granting official UN status to ILGA and Danish Association of Gays and Lesbians. However, in a marked reversal, this time the United States voted against rejecting the applications of ILGA-Europe and the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany. [26May, Friday Fax] Claiming credit for the change in US policy are Human Rights Watch, Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Committee (IGLHRC). “The United States’ anti-gay vote was shocking. We are glad that the Administration heard our concern and reversed its position,” said Paula Ettelbrick, IGLHRC executive director. Last January, the United States voted against granting official UN status to the Danish Association of Gays and Lesbians and to the International Gay and...

CDC: Data on American Men & Fatherhood

Nearly half of U.S. men without a high school education have fathered a child outside of marriage, compared to about 6 percent of college graduates, according to a survey released on Wednesday. The survey, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics includes detailed information on sex, marriage and parenthood from young men for the first time. It finds that 47 percent of men and 58 percent of women aged 15 to 44 have ever had a child, inside or outside marriage. Premarital sex is OK, according to the 60 percent of men in this age group who agreed or strongly agreed that it was “all right for unmarried 18-year-olds to have sexual relations if they have strong affection for each other.” Fifty-one percent of women and girls aged 15 to 44 approved of premarital sex at the age of 18. The study is based on a analysis of the National Survey of Family Growth conducted in 2002 among 7,643 females and 4,928 males. It found that 77 percent of men had sexual intercourse before the age of 20, and close to 30 percent by age 16. The in-person survey found one-third of men marry by the age of 25 and almost two-thirds marry by 30. Half of women are married by the time they are 25 and three-quarters by age 30 and they tend to marry men who are, on average, two years older. The report found that 50 percent of young men who married before the age of 20 ended up divorced within 10 years compared with 17 percent of men who...

4-Year-Old Killed for Refusing to Call Mom’s Lesbian Lover “Daddy”

Writing in the South African paper, The Star, journalist Baldwin Ndaba reports on the outcome of a court case concerning the death of four year old Jandre Botha, a young boy who according to evidence given in court was beaten to death after refusing to call his mother’s lesbian love “Daddy”. Court magistrate Rita Willemse found Engeline de Nysschen (33), and the child’s mother Hanelie Botha (31) guilty of murder in the death of the child. While de Nysschen was found to have inflicted the violence, the judge ruled against Botha for failing to act in the face of repeated physical abuse of her child by de Nysschen, and lying in order to protect her. Court testimony from employees of the lesbian couple indicated that a major assault on the boy occurred as he refused repeated requests to call de Nysschen “Daddy”. Injuries included a fractured skull and brain damage, as well as broken legs, collarbone, hands and pelvis which were sustained over time. A pre-sentencing report is expected June 26. [http://www.thestar.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=128&fArticleId=3171828; 24Mar06, LifeSiteNews.com  ; By John-Henry Westen JOHANNESBURG, March 24, 2006...

B.C. Couple Seeks Mandatory Homosexual School Curriculum Without Parental Op-Out

They filed a complaint against the B.C. Ministry of education in 1999 alleging that the Ministry’s curriculum didn’t adequately ‘address issues of sexual orientation’. That case is slated to be heard beginning 11July2005. What many are finding deeply disturbing is that the couple is not only seeking inclusion of explicitly homosexual material in the curriculum, promoting homosexuality as a normative and safe lifestyle option, but also that they wish to ensure that the material is mandatory. If successful, the case will ensure that parents do not retain the right to choose to pull their children from the offensive portion of the curriculum and provide yet another extraordinary exception from normal rules because it has been insisted upon by activists. Homosexual activists have won exceptions from laws regarding public nudity, sexual solicitation, public sex acts, group sex in their so-called “bath houses”, normal medical safeguards to contain the transmission of dangerous communicable diseases, the posting of sexually explicit billboards and much more. The homosexual couple’s lawyer, Timberg, said, “The second issue is there’s an opting-out provision in the curriculum that where a subject is deemed to be sensitive, the school teachers are under an obligation to in advance advise parents that they’ll be raising a sensitive issue in the classroom”. The Human Rights Complaint seeks to remove sexual orientation from the list of ‘sensitive issues’. “If we are going to be providing and promoting curriculum that treats homosexuality as just a normal thing that’s really no different than heterosexuality, we will be trampling on the religious freedoms of thousands of British Columbia families”, said Derek Rogusky [v-p, family policy, Focus...