THURSDAY, 18 OCTOBER 2012

Where are the facts backing up California’s ban on conversion therapy for minors?

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California recently passed a law banning sexual orientation change efforts for men and women under 18 by psychiatrists and psychologists.  Mental health providers are no longer allowed to give therapy which tries to “change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.”

According to the legislator behind the new law, State Senator Ted Lieu, “children were being psychologically abused by reparative therapists who would try to change the child’s sexual orientation. An entire house of medicine has rejected gay conversion therapy. Not only does it not work but it is harmful. Patients who go through this have gone through guilt and shame, and some have committed suicide.”

These are strong claims. Conjugality asked Dr Philip Sutton whether so-called reparative therapy was being abused in this way. Dr Sutton is a licensed psychologist, therapist and counselor based in Indiana and Michigan.… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 17 OCTOBER 2012

Heterosexuality “not the norm”, says Australian school programme

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The normalisation of same-sex relationships received a setback recently in Australia when the federal parliament lower and upper houses threw out bills that would have allowed same-sex “marriage”. Nevertheless, the normalisation campaign continues on many fronts.

A report in the Australian Daily Telegraph today reveals that a programme teaching that it is wrong to regard heterosexuality as the norm for relationships is being piloted in 12 schools in the Australian state of New South Wales. There’s a similar programme in the state of Victoria. Academics and sexual libertarian groups such as Family Planning have had a heavy hand in them.

The target of these programmes is not just anti-gay discrimination and bullying but something much more radical -- what the theorists of the sexual diversity movement call “heteronormativity”. Training for teachers in the Proud Schools scheme advises them to “focus on the dominance of heterosexism rather than on homophobia”. Watch out… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 11 OCTOBER 2012

Luca era gay

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Sorry, we missed this one. It’s a bit off the central topic of Conjugality, which is same-sex marriage, not homosexuality. But since one of the main arguments for same-sex marriage is the unchangeable nature of same-sex attraction, this video will be of interest.

“Luca era gay” won second prize at the San Remo Music Festival in 2009. The artist, Giuseppe Povia, is an Italian pop star who often sings about social issues. In this controversial piece, he narrates the conversion of Luca from homosexuality back to a normal lifestyle. The lyrics are not very poetic – at least in English – but the tune is catchy. Instead, they weave a psychological narrative about young man with a possessive mother and a weak, distant father who seeks affection among gays.

The song is based on the real-life story of Luca di Tolve, once an activist with the gay Italian group Arcigay. After a number of… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 11 OCTOBER 2012

Where is the science behind California’s ban on orientation change for minors?

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“The attack on parental rights is exactly the whole point of the bill because we don’t want to let parents harm their children,” he said. “For example, the government will not allow parents to let their kids smoke cigarettes. We also won’t have parents let their children consume alcohol at a bar or restaurant.” – California State Sen. Ted Lieu, as quoted by the Orange County Register, August 2, 2012

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Sponsored by state Senator Lieu (D-Torrance), California Senate Bill 1172, which will prohibit mental health professionals from engaging in SOCE with minors under any conditions, appears on its way to the desk of Governor Brown and could very well become state law.   The most important revision to the bill reads as follows:

865.2 – Any sexual orientation change efforts attempted on a patient under 18 years of age by a mental health provider shall  be considered unprofessional conduct and shall subject a mental health… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

TUESDAY, 9 OCTOBER 2012

It’s just not fair, is it?

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Segregating genders in marriage to suit the sexual attractions of less than 2% of  the population isn’t enough.  This woman with same-sex attraction wants scientists to “try harder” and give “priority” to making it possible for two women to procreate.  Michelle Cheever says:  “I want to have babies the way straight people do." In the Huffington Post we read:

What I mean is that I want the ease, the convenience, the -- dare I say it -- naturalness that straight people have when starting a family. I want both the simple beauty of two people loving each other so much that they'd like to see more of the other in the world, and I want that simple beauty to be translated into scientific terms of fairness: chromosomes and DNA given in equal amounts from two parents. 
The attitude I have always taken to having a baby with… click here to read whole article and make comments

 

TUESDAY, 9 OCTOBER 2012

Approaching the last taboo

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Lisa Miller in the Washington Post did a bit of exploration a few days ago on the next big thing in the marriage destruction industry – polygamy.

She takes her line from one, John Witte Jr., a scholar of religion and law at Emory University in Atlanta. Witte is working on a lengthy history of polygamy due out next year. He believes that polygamy is the next frontier in marriage and family law. If states are able to dismantle traditional or conventional views of marriage by allowing two men or two women to wed, then why should they not go further and sanction, or at least decriminalize, marriages between one man and several women?

This of course is familiar territory to those who know Kody Brown and his "wives", the stars of the US reality television show “Sister Wives”.  Brown – and his “wives” - are making in a civil suit against… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 3 OCTOBER 2012

Tasmanian same-sex marriage supporters lost in Parliament, but they win in the schools

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Tasmania recently escaped from same-sex marriage after a close vote in its upper house. One of the arguments used against its introduction was its radical impact upon the education system. Children would be taught that homosexuality is normal and natural as part of the curriculum.

Well, Tasmania’s Education Minister, Nick McKim, a member of the Greens, seems to have realised that he doesn’t need legalised same-sex marriage to do this. So he is pushing through a new relationships and sexuality education curriculum which will teach children that homosexuality is normal and natural and healthy. It will be rolled out in all Tasmanian schools by 2014.

He told the (Launceston) Examiner that teachers would be trained to feel more comfortable in talking about relationships and sexuality to their students:

“This will be everything from the nuts and bolts of sex through to the need to not only respect diversity but to… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 3 OCTOBER 2012

Love, Sex and Marriage in the Tower of Babel

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 ‘Love sex and marriage in liberal societies’ was the subject. The speaker was one of Britain’s leading philosophers, Professor John Haldane of St Andrew’s University in Scotland.

 In a lecture, delivered to the Iona Institute in Dublin last Friday night, Professor Haldane argued that about the only non-conflicted terms in his title were the two words “and” and “in”. Everything else had more or less gone by the board and utter confusion seemed to reign around them in public and private discourse. The consequences of this were nothing short of disastrous.

 Take the term “marriage”, he said. It is no longer accepted by some as even a “good thing”. And for those who might accept it as a “good thing” – if we can keep to our 1066 and All That categories – there is dispute as to whether or not it should be used to formalize relationships between men and… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER 2012

Neither “mere” nor “pere” under French gay law

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France's Justice Minister Christiane Taubira Photo: Telegraph/Reuters

Mothers and fathers would officially cease to exist in France if draft gay marriage legislation promoted by the new socialist government goes ahead. Instead, all references to "mothers and fathers" in the nation's civil code will be swapped for the non-gender-specific "parents". This would apply equally to heterosexual and homosexual couples in civil marriage ceremonies.

The draft law, due to go before President Francois Hollande's cabinet for approval on October 31, states that "marriage is a union of two people, of different or the same gender". It would also give equal adoption rights to homosexual and heterosexual couples.

But the Catholic Church is fighting back -- with prayer. Reviving a custom that dates back to 1638 the bishops authorised a “prayer for France” to be read in all churches on August 15. It includes petitions for the welfare of people affected by the… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2012

All men are equal, but…

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For more than two centuries the three pillars of western democracy have been Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. Enshrined and balanced in the rule of law as we know it, they have been the handmaids of our evolving civilized world.  Crucial to their influence, however, is that word “balance” because if any one of them becomes distorted the house which they support will come tumbling down.

We are now in crisis, because that very act of distortion is being perpetrated before our very eyes – the pillar of Equality is day by day assuming gross characteristics which have already begun to cripple its two siblings, Liberty and Fraternity. Someone else can draw up the catalogue – Obama’s Mandate alone will provide ample illustration. Suffice here to draw on one authoritative source which lists a frightening scenario of injustice which, in the name of Equality, is now threatening any number of citizens in any number… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

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