The Value of Marriage to Society

Promiscuity and Infidelity

Journal of Marriage and Family: In 2005, the dissolution rate of homosexual couples was more than three times that of heterosexual married couples, and the dissolution rate of lesbian couples was more than four-fold that of heterosexual married couples.1
Homosexualities: A Study of Diversity among Men and Women: Researchers found that 43% percent of white male homosexuals had sex with 500 or more partners, and 28% had 1,000 or more partners.2
The Social Organization of Sexuality: Only 4.5% of homosexual males said they were faithful to their current partner, compared to 85% of married women and 75.5% of married men.3
Sex Roles: “Forty percent of homosexual men in civil unions and 49% of homosexual men not in civil unions had ‘discussed and decided it is okay… to have sex outside of the relationship.'” Only 3.5% of heterosexual married men and their wives agreed that sex outside of the relationship was acceptable.4
Substance Abuse
The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association: “Gay men use substances at a higher rate than the general population. Also, “gay men have higher rates of alcohol dependence and abuse than straight men.”5
The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association: “Illicit drugs may be used more often among lesbians than heterosexual women,” and alcohol “use and abuse may be higher among lesbians.”6
Domestic Violence
National Institute of Justice: “Same-sex cohabitants reported significantly more intimate partner violence than did opposite-sex cohabitants–39% of lesbian cohabitants reported being raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked by a cohabitating partner at some time in their lifetimes, compared to 21% of heterosexual women. Among men, the comparable figures are 23.1% and 7.4%.”7
Child Sexual Abuse
Journal of Sex Research: Although heterosexuals outnumber homosexuals by a ratio of at least 20 to 1, about one-third of the total number of child sex offenses are homosexual in nature.8
Archives of Sexual Behavior: Eighty-six percent of offenders against males described themselves as homosexual or bisexual.9
Psychological Instability
Journal of Human Sexuality: “No other group of comparable size in society experiences such intense and widespread pathology.”10
1. Lawrence Kurdek, “Are Gay and Lesbian Cohabiting Couples Really Different from Heterosexual Married Couples?” Journal of Marriage and Family 66 (November 2004): 893.
2. A. P. Bell and M. S. Weinberg, Homosexualities: A Study of Diversity Among Men and Women (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1978), pp. 308, 309; See also A. P. Bell, M. S. Weinberg, and S. K. Hammersmith, Sexual Preference (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1981).
3. Laumann, The Social Organization of Sexuality, 216; McWhirter and Mattison, The Male Couple: How Relationships Develop (1984): 252-253; Wiederman, “Extramarital Sex,” 170.
4. Sondra E. Solomon, Esther D. Rothblum, and Kimberly F. Balsam, “Money, Housework, Sex, and Conflict: Same-Sex Couples in Civil Unions, Those Not in Civil Unions, and Heterosexual Married Siblings,” Sex Roles 52 (May 2005): 569.
5. Victor M. B. Silenzio, “Top 10 Things Gay Men Should Discuss with their Healthcare Provider” (San Francisco : Gay & Lesbian Medical Association); accessed April 1, 2010; online here.
6. Katherine A. O’Hanlan, “Top 10 Things Lesbians Should Discuss with their Healthcare Provider” (San Francisco : Gay & Lesbian Medical Association); accessed April 1, 2010; online here.
7. “Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence,” U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Justice Programs (July, 2000): 30.
8. Kurt Freund, Robin Watson, and Douglas Rienzo, “Heterosexuality, Homosexuality, and Erotic Age Preference,” The Journal of Sex Research 26, No. 1 (February, 1989): 107.
9. W. D. Erickson, “Behavior Patterns of Child Mo??lesters,” Archives of Sexual Behavior 17 (1988): 83.
10. James E. Phelan, Neil Whitehead, Philip M. Sut??ton, “What Research Shows: NARTH’s Response to the APA Claims on Homosexuality,” Journal of Human Sexuality Vol. 1, p. 93 (National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, 2009).
Questions & Answers Surrounding Marriage and Homosexuality
Q — Is same-sex “marriage’ a civil right, akin to inter-racial marriage?
A — No. Civil rights are not based on behaviors. The inter-racial marriage ban, fortunately lifted, was strictly about race, not gender. The issue was not whether homosexuals could marry each other.
Q — Is homosexuality deserving of a “protected class” of citizens, in the eyes of the law?
A — No. The Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, declared: “We find that sexual orientation is neither a suspect or quasi-suspect class.” The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth District also said homosexual persons do not constitute a “suspect” classification.
Q — Does the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provide a right to same-sex “marriage”?
A — Only by the widest stretches of the imagination. The Framers of the Amendment never believed their language would be so abused as it is in the rationalization of same-sex “marriage” or abortion. To presume that the 14th does make such allowances, then one can apply situational ethics to attempt to justify anything that is currently illegal. This would make it virtually impossible to have a civil and stable society.
Q — Is marriage defined as one man and one woman a matter of forcing religion into law?
A — No. Laws and constitutions reflect the will of the people. Their support for one man/one woman marriage is far broader than religion. In fact, it transcends political, social, racial, religious and demographic categories of Americans.
Q — Do pressure groups, such as Equality Arizona, have the best interests in mind for homosexuals by advocating for radical changes in law?
A — No. It would be far better for such groups to educate their members on the risks they are assuming, rather than encouraging people to politicize homosexuality.
Q — Is opposition to the homosexual agenda an example of “hate” or “homophobia”?

A — No. It’s based on wanting what is truly best for society and for homosexuals. It is also a matter of opposing pressure groups pushing for radical overhaul of the social order, including the very re-definition of marriage into something it is not intended to be.

Q — Are homosexual couples just like other people?

A — No, and preferring a life of libertine sex and open relationships, many do not want to be viewed as such. This is clearly evident from the outrageous behavior and indecent public exposure evident in homosexual pride parades. There is no way that two persons of the same gender can provide the full range of developmental needs to boys and girls. Nor can they provide the stability and longevity in their relationships that are conducive to child raising, or suitable for adoption.

Q — Can people switch from homosexuality to heterosexuality?

A — Yes. It’s happening with thousands of people in virtually every state. To suggest otherwise is to defy reality … or accepting the spin of the pressure groups.

Q — What percentage of the population is homosexual?

A — Approximately 1-3 percent. However, the sexual behavior of some of these people is not fluid, but rather inconsistent. A large percentage of people who claim to be homosexual have had heterosexual relationships during their lifetimes. Without a shred of statistical data to back it up, some organizations and leftist media outlets falsely claim that 10 percent of the population is homosexual. It’s never been close to that figure.

Q — Is homosexuality genetic?

A — No. The Human Genome Project proved it is not. No research has determined any genetic cause.

Q — Does the state have a compelling interest in marriage as the union of one man and one woman?

A — Yes, according to current law in several states. As well as common sense. Married heterosexual men and women engage in far fewer risky behaviors than do homosexual adults — such as domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse. Heterosexual adults live longer and more stable lives and make better and more dependable employees and citizens.

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