Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Gary Bauer’s Gay Sex

Whoa, there’s an image for you. (Sorry, but I really needed a Google bomb headline.)

According to Mr. Bauer, gay sex is worse than smoking:

The battle over same-sex marriage has started to turn as nasty as activists on both sides pledged it would once President Bush took a stand against the practice. Gary Bauer, president of the right-wing religious group American Values, relies on unspecified scientific studies to bolster his argument for why a constitutional amendment forbidding same-sex marriage is necessary.

“Marriage is about families and children … Children need a mother and a father. Girls need a mother to whom they can relate and boys need a father to whom they can relate. Boys and girls also need a parent of the opposite sex as an example to learn from as well. The well-being of innocent children, who cannot choose their parents, must be governed by what is proven to be best for them. Study after study shows that parents are not interchangeable puzzle pieces — mothers and fathers bring unique and different contributions to parenting and children need both.”

Bauer seems to think there’s always been a common understanding of the “definition of marriage” — but in any case, he says, it’s a “documented medical fact” that homosexuality is a public-health liability.

“While marriage law has traditionally been a state issue, the definition of marriage has never been an issue … More importantly, however, the government has an obligation to promote public policy that is best for the general welfare and to discriminate against behaviors that adversely impact society and public health. Tobacco use is heavily regulated by the state and smoking is strongly discouraged. A major study conducted by Oxford University demonstrated that homosexual conduct is three times more deadly than smoking. Homosexual behavior is fraught with adverse health affects. Again, this is not opinion, but documented medical fact. Public policy must not be ignorant of medical facts associated with this lifestyle and from a public policy perspective, the behavior should not be encouraged by affording it the status of marriage.”

Bauer does not provide the major study conducted by Oxford University.

Is it just me, or does the Religious Reich have this hangup on gay sex? It’s all they seem to think goes on between gay people. I’m sure there’s some psychological term for this fixation on something they claim they find to be “unnatural,” but if they were really well-adjusted they’d understand that not all gay people sleep with each other and that, like most people, we are fully capable of having loving and caring relationships with people without taking off our clothes.