Slippery Slope, A picture is worth a 1000 words, Actions speak louder than words.
Those advocating for same-sex/gay marriage say the argument that gay marriage will lead to more than two people in a relationship is a slippery slope argument. And they are right. It is not a slippery slope argument because multiple partnered relationships are taking place now among gays, lesbians and homosexuals. With this paper I am presenting to the offices of the Senate and House leadership and to the chairmen of the Judiciary Committees, copies of the current issue, June 6, 2006 of The Advocate. The magazine cover carries the phrase, “National gay and lesbian newsmagazine.” The cover has a picture of three male figurines on top of a cake, and the headline is “Polygamy & gay men, Dirty laundry or sexual freedom?, How gay men handle multiple partners.”
The cover story, Dose gay polygamy work? also mentions the HBO’s (Home Box Office television network) show, “Big Love.” The Advocate article contains the following. “HBO’s “Big Love” has ignited debate about hetro polygamy, but polyamorous relationships are not news to the many gay men with multiple log-term partners.” The article begins with discussing the relationship between 3 men and a woman from Somerville, MA. The Advocate also has an article interviewing an out (openly gay) man who is a writer for the HBO show “Big Love.”
Polygamy is the word used for heterosexual relationships and it used in the context of men with multiple wives. The word used for multiple partnered homosexual relationships is polyamory. A polyamorous relationship is an open homosexual relationship, usually allowing sexual relationships among the multiple partners in the relationship. Often in these multiple partnered homosexual relationships there is full knowledge and consent to this sexual relationship by all the partners involved. The Advocate article writes about four polyamorous relationships and has pictures of all four polyamorous relationships including the Somerville, MA group.
In the discussion of same-sex/gay marriage there are many things that are not often discussed and in many instances there are things, which are not allowed to be discussed. One of these is a talking about former homosexuals, ex-gays, and former lesbians. But society is gaining in its acceptance of this identity, as former homosexuals, ex-gays, and former lesbians. The Los Angeles Times printed an article in its Sunday May 28, 2006 edition written by staff writer Stephanie Simon, “Ex-gays Seek a Say in Schools.”
The article may be read online, http://www.latimes.com/news/education/la-na-exgay28may28,1,2810142.story?coll=la-news-learning&ctrack=1&cset=true
The parameters in the discussion of homosexuality are best frame this way. Who one is, a homosexual or What one does, homosexuality. The support for the latter is the strongest. No one is born a homosexual. And thus it is questionable as to why or how do gays, lesbians, and homosexuals qualify as a minority. To understand more about a biological basis for homosexuality visit www.banap.net, the sections Behavior or Born and Inventing the “Homosexual.” There you may read the words of numerous gays, lesbians, and homosexuals who also agree that it is what one does, homosexuality and not who one is, a homosexual.
The most read articles on www.banap.net are in the section, “Homosexual Myths.” Ten “Percent Myth,” “Gay Teen Suicide Myth,” “Homosexual Parenting,” and “Homophobia Myth.” In these articles you may read the words of gays, lesbians, and homosexual acknowledging these myths and their origins.
In the discussion of same-sex/gay marriage there are many things that are not often discussed and in many instances there are things, which are not allowed to be discussed. The following information may be difficult to hear, but the source of this information is from “Health News” stories published in the online version of The Advocate, www.theadvocate.com. Legally sanctioning same-sex/gay relationships as same-sex/gay marriage furthers the continuation and legitimatization of homosexuality, homosexual behavior.
“Virulent chlamydia strain spreads among gay men” (May 16, 2006)
“ Study data presented at last week’s National STD Prevention Conference in Jacksonville, Fla., show that a rare strain of chlamydia called Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV) continues to spread in the United States and other wealthy countries, but new cases have been limited almost exclusively to sexually active gay men.
Health officials believe most U.S. cases of the STD have been linked with unprotected anal sex. Because the STD causes open sores and bleeding, health officials say LGV infection significantly boosts the risks for HIV infection.”
“Rise in U.S. syphilis rates linked almost entirely to gay and bisexual men” (May 11, 2006)
“The overall rate of syphilis diagnoses increased in the United States from 1999 to 2004, but the rise is attributed almost exclusively to gay and bisexual men, among whom syphilis infections have dramatically risen, researchers said this week at the National STD Prevention Conference in Jacksonville, Fla. Infection rates actually fell in most other populations during that time frame, including among women, African-Americans, and babies born to women infected with the STD.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers say the rising syphilis rates among gay men is partly fueled by HIV complacency. They say that because newer anti-HIV medications are so effective in controlling HIV disease, more gay men are engaging in unprotected sex because they are less worried about serious complications or even death due to AIDS.”
“CDC report: HIV infection rate rises among gay men” (November 18, 2005)
“The rate of newly reported HIV cases among gay men climbed about 8% between 2003 and 2004, according to a new government report released Thursday. HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men remained roughly stable from 2001 to 2003, but climbed between 2003 and 2004, according to the study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that was based on 2001-2004 data from 33 states that have names-based reporting systems for HIV. New HIV diagnoses climbed among gay men of all races, according to the study.
The rate of newly reported HIV cases among African-Americans has been dropping by about 5% a year since 2001, according to the report. The CDC found that overall diagnoses in the 33 states decreased slightly, from 41,207 cases in 2001 to 38,685 in 2004. The rate fell from 22.8 cases per 100,000 people in 2001 to 20.7 per 100,000 in 2004. The decline is also linked to a 4% decline in diagnoses among heterosexuals."