In her speech to Tufts University on November 10, 2004, Senator, Hillary Clinton implied that religious conservatives are out of sync with the Bible by focusing on the “wedge issue” of gay marriage. In so many words, she said that Jesus concerned Himself with more important things than “gay marriage”. After the speech, she fielded a question about the effect this subject had on favoring Republican candidates. She answered, “no one who reads the New Testament can ignore the fact that Jesus had a lot more to say about how we should treat the poor than some wedge issues of the campaign, like gay marriage.”
Jesus fed thousands of people, but not at the exclusion of addressing sin. So it would be wrong to permit politicians to define Christianity as “feeding the poor.” There is no doubt that a compassionate person will share what he has with those who are unfortunate, but the New Testament does not disregard the practice of sin: including homosexuality. Jesus was very concerned with moral issues. According to the Bible, sexual relations are appropriate only in marriage, which is the union of a man and woman (See Matthew 19). The Hebrew writer says, “Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4). To ignore the so-called “wedge issue” of homosexuality would be as inappropriate as ignoring fornication and adultery. The Apostle Paul, in Romans 1, shows that homosexaulity involves “indecent acts”. Paul implied that the Corinthians repented of (turned away from) homosexuality in order to be washed of sin (1 Cor. 6:9-11). Homosexuality is a sin and it must be repented of. So, Senator Clinton is not correct on this matter. And what some might call a “wedge issue” could be the defining issue of our age.
Turning from the discussion on Clinton’s comments, let us take a closer look at what experts are saying about homosexual “relationships”. There is a very good reason why rational, concerned people should voice their opinions to protect the institution of marriage. Consider the following:
1) Few homosexual relationships last longer than two years, but in a study of 156 males in homosexual relationships lasting from 1-37 years, “…all couples with a relationship lasting more than five years have incorporated some provision for sexual activity outside of their relationships.” (David P. McWhirter and Andrew M. Mattison, The Male Couple: How Relationships Develop, Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1984, pp. 252, 253
2) Clinicians Mattison and Mcwhirter studied 156 long-term homosexual relationships, but found that not one couple was able to maintain sexual fidelity for more than five years. Most maintained a monogamous relationship for less than one year. (The Male Couple: How Relationships Develop)
3) In a study of 2,583 older homosexuals, “The model range for number of sexual partners was 101-500 (Paul Van de Ven “A Comparative Demographic and Sexual Profile of Older Homosexually Active Men,” Journal of Sex Research 34 (1997): 354
4) According to the Centers for Disease Control, 50% of male homosexuals had more than 500 sexual partners (Rotello, G. (1997). Sexual Ecology: AIDS and the Destiny of Gay Men. NY: Dutton)
5) For homosexual men, the term “monogamy” doesn’t necessarily mean sexual exclusivity. The term “open relationship” has for a great many homosexual men come to have one specific definition: A relationship in which the partners have sex on the outside often, put away their resentment and jealously, and discuss their outside sex with each other, or share sex partners. (Michelangelo Signorile, Life Outside (New York: Harper Collins, 1997), p. 213)
6) “Even ‘committed’ homosexual relationships display a fundamental incapacity for the faithfulness and commitment that is axiomatic to the institution of marriage” (Timothy J. Dailey, Homosexual Parenting: Placing Children at Risk) http://www.frc.org/get/is01j3.cfm
7) “Homosexuals model a poor view of marriage to children by teaching that marital relationships are transitory and mostly sexual in nature, sexual relationships are primarily for pleasure rather than for procreation, and monogamy in marriage is not the norm and should be discouraged if one wants a good ‘marital’ relationship.” (Bradley P. Hayton, “To Marry or Not: The Legalization of Marriage and Adoption of Homosexual Couples,” Newport Beach: The Pacific Policy Institute, 1993, p.9)
8) Among heterosexual couples, 75% of husbands and 90% of wives claim never to have had extramarital sex. (Robert T. Michael, Sex in America: A Definitive Survey, Boston, Brown & Company, 1994) Other studies confirm the percentage of faithful spouses between 75-81% for husbands and 85-88% for wives. (Michael W. Widerman, “Extramarital Sex: Prevalence and Correlated in a National Survey,” Journal of Sex Research 34 , p.2)
9) Studies of previous civilizations reveal that when a society strays from the sexual ethic of marriage (a union between a male and a female), it deteriorates and eventually disintegrates. (J.D. Unwin, Sexual Regulations and Human Behavior (London: Williams & Norgate, 1933)
10) Paula Ettelbrick, former legal director of the Lambda Legal Defense Fund, has stated, “Being queer is more than setting up house, sleeping with a person of the same gender, and seeking state approval for doing so. Being queer means pushing the parameters of sex, sexuality and family, and in the process transforming the very fabric of society.” (Paula Ettelbrick, quoted in William B. Rubenstein, “Since When Is Marriage a Path to Liberation?” Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Law, (New York: The New Press, 1993), pp. 398, 400)
11) According to homosexual writer and activist Michelangelo Signorile, the goal of homosexuals is: “To fight for same-sex marriage and its benefits, and then, once granted, redefine the institution of marriage completely, to demand the right to marry not as a way of adhering to society’s moral codes but rather to debunk a myth and radically alter an archaic institution . . . the most subversive action lesbian and gay men can undertake . . . is to transform the notion of ‘family’ entirely.” (Michelangelo Signorile, “Bridal wave,” Out, Dec 1994)
Taking all of these studies into account, it is relatively clear that homosexuals will certainly balloon the incidence of divorce in America as the study of the high rate of divorce found already in Norway and Sweden among homosexuals shows. This will further weaken the institution of marriage in America. http://www.imapp.org
As well, homosexuals do not show the faithfulness that is axiomatic to the institution of marriage. Homosexuals have a strange and twisted notion of what a committed relationship truly is.
Finally, as Dr. Unwin noted in his studies of numerous past civilizations, to stray from the true concept of marriage, one man and one woman, will certainly deteriorate and disintegrate our society as well . . . sooner or later.