How LGBT-friendly laws could change medicine

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With same-sex marriage and the transformation of Bruce Jenner into Caitlyn Jenner in the world headlines, it’s time to ask what LGBT bioethics would look like. Timothy Murphy, of the University of Illinois College of Medicine,  foreshadows some of the major themes in the journal Bioethics.

Bioethics benefits. “Bioethics is better than it would otherwise have been, because people queer in their sexual interests and identities have challenged misconceived concepts of health and disease, challenged obstacles to access and equity in healthcare, and forced attention to professional standards in clinical care, among other things.”

Defending LGBT parenting. To show that the battle is not completely over, Murphy cites Oxford philosopher John Finnis’s implacable opposition to adoption by male and female homosexuals as “intrinsically evil”. Putting “skepticism about LGBT people as fit parents fully behind it” will be one of the first tasks of fully developed… click here to read whole article and make comments



Hotel Homosexuality: yes, you can check out, and leave

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Leaving the homosexual lifestyle, becoming ex-gay, overcoming same-sex attractions – whatever you call it – seems to be the only unacceptable behaviour on the sexuality spectrum these days. MercatorNet asked Christopher Doyle, a Washington based professional counsellor and former homosexual, about belonging to an oppressed minority group in an era of sexual liberation.


Q: Could we first be clear about the term “ex-gay”: does it refer to people (men and women) who no longer feel attracted to people of the same sex? Or does it mean people who have given up homosexual relationships but who might still feel same-sex attraction?

A: "Ex-gay" is a sexual identity, just like "straight" or "gay" or "lesbian" or "transgender". Sexual identity is completely subjective and self-chosen, meaning, people can label themselves how they want, while sexual orientation or preference is typically not chosen. Some people who experience… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 12 JUNE 2015

The mysterious case of the missing morality

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Why have the pro-natural family forces been losing in court? Intentionally or not, Judge Richard Posner explained the reason in a 7th Circuit Court ruling (Sept. 4, 2014), in which he decided against the Indiana and Wisconsin laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman:

"The state [Wisconsin] does not mention Justice Alito’s invocation [in the Windsor case] of a moral case against same-sex marriage, when he states in his dissent that ‘others explain the basis for the institution in more philosophical terms. They argue that marriage is essentially the solemnizing of a comprehensive, exclusive, permanent union that is intrinsically ordered to producing new life, even if it does not always do so.’ [US v. Windsor, 133 S.Ct. 2675, 2718 (2013).] That is a moral argument for limiting marriage to heterosexuals. The state does not mention the argument because as we said, it… click here to read whole article and make comments



The 14th Amendment is no mandate for same-sex marriage

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Within the month, the nation will receive the opinion of the US Supreme Court as to whether the US Constitution requires all of the states to jettison their domestic laws and sanction same-sex marriage. Numerous federal judges have so ruled, and most states have simply yielded to those federal court decisions. In a few cases, beginning with Vermont and Massachusetts, state courts ruled for same sex marriage, and state officials have accepted passively those decisions as well.

Generally, courts have ruled for same-sex marriage using either the “due process clause” or the “equal protection clause” of the Fourteenth Amendment, or both. That raises a simple question: is it really possible that when the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified in 1868 the framers intended that it sanction same-sex marriage?

Of course not.

The US Constitution says nothing about same-sex marriage. Then, how could the Constitution be manipulated to support… click here to read whole article and make comments



Sacked Christian nursery worker wins discrimination case

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A London childcare worker who was sacked after airing her views on homosexuality and marriage in answer to a question from a colleague, has won a discrimination claim against her former employer.

Sarah Mbuyi (31) was working at a nursery in West London where she developed a friendly relationship with a lesbian colleague. One day the colleague asked Miss Mbuyi whether she would be welcomed at church, and whether God would approve of her civil partnership and allow her to marry in church.

Miss Mbuyi explained that, “God is not okay with what you do” but that “everyone is a sinner and God offers forgiveness.” She also recalled saying, “God … loves you and says you should come to Him as you are.” But the other woman “became emotional and went off to report me to my manager.” 

Within three days of the complaint, Miss Mbuyi was investigated and sacked for gross… click here to read whole article and make comments



MercatorNet contributor targeted by activists

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MercatorNet contributor and president of the Australian Marriage Forum, Dr David van Gend, returned from a family visit interstate yesterday to find his medical centre in Toowoomba, Queensland, vandalized with graffiti. His name was painted in black along the northern wall of his surgery, and in red letters, “BIGOT”. The matter has been reported to police.

“This sort of abuse is experienced by anybody who stands against the gay marriage juggernaut”, Dr van Gend said, “but usually it is from trolls online, not vandals on the wall of a medical centre.”

“Just the other day a good friend of mine, Lyle Shelton, who heads the Australian Christian Lobby, was called ‘a nauseating piece of… click here to read whole article and make comments



Another child abuse scandal in the making?

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A gay couple with a child obtained under Queensland surrogacy laws.  
Picture: Mark Cranitch/Courier Mail 


With a Royal Commission into institutional responses to sexual abuse of children in full-swing across Australia one would think that the rights of the child would be front and centre in the Australian-psyche. But the growing clamour for the legalisation of gay marriage in this country suggests otherwise.

I am in no way suggesting that the gay marriage campaign is linked to the horrific stories of sexual abuse that are being painfully brought to light, thanks to the heroic honesty of some of Australia’s brave victims. These adults are now reliving, in full-public view, the hellish childhood experiences they were forced to endure because no one stood up for them when they needed protection most.

But I am suggesting that we should take some lessons from the harrowing… click here to read whole article and make comments



Political fruit flies

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So many politicians have evolved so quickly on same-sex marriage that it has become one of the greatest-ever experiments in Darwinian selection. US President Barack Obama took about four years to evolve. Three years later Hillary Clinton evolved within 72 hours of announcing her tilt at the presidency. It’s the political version of the ever-mutating virus in the film Contagion.

How is this possible? It took centuries, millennia, possibly millions of years for the evolution of a clear vision of marriage as a permanent, monogamous, loving, opposite-sex institution for raising the next generation of homo sapiens. And now, in a matter of weeks, Australian politicians are tumbling over themselves in their eagerness to pledge themselves to support a quantum leap in the evolution of human relationships.

The only adequate analogy for the pace of change is the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. From what I remember of… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 29 MAY 2015

Reconsidering the U.S. Supreme Court’s authority to mandate same-sex marriage

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The current Supreme Court

Seated left to right: Justice Clarence ThomasJustice Antonin ScaliaChief Justice John G. RobertsJustice Anthony M. KennedyJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Standing left to right: Justice Sonia SotomayorJustice Stephen G. BreyerJustice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.Justice Elena Kagan.
Image Credit: Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States, Photographer: Steve Petteway


This article is part one of a series distributed by William J. Olson and Herbert W. Titus of Law and Freedom to point out ways of responding to the decision of the US Supreme Court on same-sex marriage, which is due some time next month.


On April 28, 2015, nine unelected lawyers drawn from three elite law schools (Harvard, Yale, and Columbia) listened to 90-minutes of oral argument about same-sex marriage and then retreated behind a wall of… click here to read whole article and make comments


TUESDAY, 26 MAY 2015

A polyphobic reflection

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Improbable? Preposterous? Alarmist? Perhaps. But by no means illogical.

The success of the same-sex marriage campaign in Ireland has advocates elsewhere in a state of high excitement, predicting that the rest of the (Western) world must quickly fall into line and legalise this concept. What then?

As we know, there is a long line of “love” interest groups waiting to stake their claims for social recognition, and at the head of the queue are polyamorists.

In fact, just before the Irish voted, The Independent (Ireland) ran a long feature story about the Emerald Isle’s polyamory community. Jade-Martina Lynch, who has achieved a modest amount of fame by starring in Irish Big Brother, summed up the polyamory philosophy quite neatly: "My soul is just so free I can't be in a monogamous relationship."

It’s hard to pin… click here to read whole article and make comments


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