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Smoking is hazardous to your health. Who doesn’t know that by
now? Thanks to a massive anti-smoking campaign by dedicated activists, you’d
have to live on another planet not to realize that smoking can shorten your
life expectancy by years. The media, the government, the schools, and many
other institutions in our society are stigmatizing smoking as
the dangerous practice that it is.
But homosexual behavior is also hazardous to your health.
More dangerousthan smoking, it lowers the life expectancy dramatically. And yet
we celebrate it—all part of so-called diversity. And now activists want to
legalize same-sex “marriage,” which is sanctioning behavior known to be
dangerous. Many of the same people who are the most vigorous in the
campaign against smoking are celebrating homosexual practices.
During our series on Marriage Protection Week, I’ve talked
about the health benefits provided by marriage. The truth is that same-sex
relationships have just the opposite effect. We know that AIDS is one
of the worst threats to homosexuals, but it’s far from the only one.
Sexually transmitted diseases are running rampant in the
homosexual community. According to the International Journal of Epidemiology,
the life expectancy of a homosexual male is twenty years less than that of a
heterosexual male. Homosexual acts are inherently unhealthy, and when you add
the fact that promiscuity is widespread among homosexuals, you have a
recipe for disaster.
Some commentators have claimed that same-sex “marriage” will
lower the disease rate by leading to higher levels of commitment. But studies
show that most homosexual couples, even supposedly “committed” ones,
are unfaithful to each other. In a well-known study of homosexual couples,
only seven out of 156 couples surveyed—4.5 percent—had been faithful to
one another. And a recent study done in The Netherlands, which already
has same-sex “marriage,” showed that the average homosexual
relationship lasts about a year and a half. So same-sex “marriage” so-called
offers little hope for improving the health of homosexuals.
In addition, homosexuals have higher rates of drug abuse,
alcoholism,and domestic violence than heterosexuals. Homosexual activists
David Island and Patrick Letellier have written, “The probability of violence
occurring in a gay couple is mathematically double the probability of
that in a heterosexual couple.”
Nevertheless, homosexual activists continue to call for the United
States government to sanction unhealthy behavior by legalizing
same-sex “marriage.” The fact is that when we label such a relationship a
“marriage,” we’re giving state sanction to something that is devastating
to health. To ask the government to crack down on smoking and at the
same time promote homosexual behavior is lunacy. Both practices damage
people’s health, although there is an important difference: Homosexual practices
shorten a person’s life expectancy far more than smoking.
Of course, the hazard is also to the nation’s health. Every
society has given preferred status to marriage because it propagates the
Calling gay relations “marriage” and giving it the same benefits
undermines traditional marriage. It defies good sense.
|Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with
womankind: it is abomination.
Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth
with a woman, both of them have committed an
abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood
shall be upon them.
Corinthians I 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not
inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither
fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor
abusers of themselves with mankind,
Timothy I 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile
themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for
perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is
contrary to sound doctrine;