An Unhealthy Lifestyle

In our series on the “pillars” of the argument for same-sex marriage, we have examined the claims that homosexuality is “genetic” and also a fixed, permanent condition. While these claims lack scientific support (and ultimately don’t establish the “rightness” of homosexual activity), activists have been largely successful in using these claims to establish the “gay community” as an oppressed minority who have the “right” to act in accordance with the way they were born.

This propaganda is then coupled with a two-pronged attack on organized religion, which stands in the way of their goals. One prong is to accuse people of faith, especially Catholics, as being hate-mongering, intolerant bigots. The other prong is to infiltrate churches and religious communities, preaching a gay-friendly Gospel.

The next pillar of the argument is to convince the public that this “alternative lifestyle” is “normal.” Using the American Psychiatic Association’s removal of homosexuality from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual as well as any and all anecdotal accounts of well-being they can find, the advocates of same-sex marriage insist that those who are engaged in a homosexual lifestyle are just as healthy in every way as the rest of the population—and further, to the extent they experience any difficulty, it’s because of our homophobic, intolerant society.

For years, this has been a serious point of contention. Yet four major scientific studies earlier this decade have provided further convincing evidence that persons with same-sex attractions (SSA) are significantly more likely to suffer from a range of psychological disorders, including major depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, suicide attempts, sexual promiscuity with an inability to maintain committed relationships, as well as a host of medical problems, not to mention a shortened life expectancy.

Faced with such overwhelming evidence, proponents of same-sex marriage then assert that these problems are attributable to the painful process of coming to terms with one’s homosexuality in a “homophobic” world.

The fact is, if these problems were caused primarily by the lack of public acceptance of SSA, we would expect to find fewer problems in places where “tolerance” is high and so-called “homophobia” is low. But that simply isn’t the case. Studies done in the Netherlands and New Zealand, for example, where there is generally high tolerance of sexual “diversity,” reveal the same high rates of psychological difficulties as those done elsewhere.

For more on this subject, here is a partial list of sources:

Dale O’Leary, One Man, One Woman: A Catholic’s Guide to Defending Marriage (Sophia, 2007), available through Emmaus Road Publishing

National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), www.narth.com

Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons, principal author of “Homosexuality and Hope,” issued by the Catholic Medical Association; “Homosexuality and Hope” is available at www.cathmed.org while the same information, in an abridged Q and A form, is available here

Courage, http://couragerc.net/

Donald DeMarco, “What Science tells us about Same-Sex Unions” (this article is excellent, check it out here!)

7 responses

  1. LS you really could have gone a bit further to talk about some of the damning and damaging facts about this “lifestyle” and health issues related therewith.

    Catholic Answers published the following a few years back:

    What does the scientific evidence show about homosexuality?

    In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of diagnostic disorders. In retrospect, this decision appears to have been inspired by political pressure rather than medical evidence.

    Homosexuals of both sexes remain fourteen times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexuals47 and 3½ times more likely to commit suicide successfully.48 Thirty years ago, this propensity toward suicide was attributed to social rejection, but the numbers have remained largely stable since then despite far greater public acceptance than existed in 1973. Study after study shows that male and female homosexuals have much higher rates of interpersonal maladjustment, depression, conduct disorder, childhood abuse (both sexual and violent), domestic violence, alcohol or drug abuse, anxiety, and dependency on psychiatric care than heterosexuals.49 Life expectancy of homosexual men was only forty-eight years before the AIDS virus came on the scene, and it is now down to thirty-eight.50 Only 2 percent of homosexual men live past age sixty-five.51

    Male homosexuals are prone to cancer (especially anal cancer, which is almost unheard-of in male heterosexuals) and various sexually transmitted diseases, including urethritis, laryngitis, prostatitis, hepatitis A and B, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, and genital warts (which are caused by the human papilloma virus, which also causes genital cancers).52 Lesbians are at lower risk for STDs but at high risk for breast cancer.53 Homosexuals of both sexes have high rates of drug abuse, including cocaine, marijuana, LSD and other psychedelics, barbiturates, and amyl nitrate.54

    Male homosexuals are particularly prone to develop sexually transmitted diseases, in part because of the high degree of promiscuity displayed by male homosexuals. One study in San Francisco showed that 43 percent of male homosexuals had had more than 500 sexual partners.55 Seventy-nine percent of their sexual partners were strangers. Only 3 percent had had fewer than ten sexual partners.56 The nature of sodomy contributes to the problem among male homosexuals. The rectum is not designed for sex. It is very fragile. Indeed, its fragility and tendency to tear and bleed is one factor making anal sex such an efficient means of transmitting the AIDS and hepatitis viruses.

    Lesbians, in contrast, are less promiscuous than male homosexuals but more promiscuous than heterosexual women: One large study found that 42 percent of lesbians had more than ten sexual partners.57 A substantial percentage of them were strangers. Lesbians share male homosexuals’ propensity for drug abuse, psychiatric disorder, and suicide.58

    The statistics speak for themselves: If homosexuals of either gender are finding satisfaction, why the search for sex with a disproportionately high number of strangers? In view of the evidence, homosexuals will not succeed at establishing exclusive relationships. Promiscuity is a hard habit for anyone to break, straight or homosexual. Promiscuous heterosexuals often fail to learn fidelity; male homosexuals are far more promiscuous than heterosexual males, and therefore far more likely to fail. Lesbians are more promiscuous than heterosexual women. There is little good data on the stability of lesbian relationships, but it is reasonable to speculate that their higher rates of promiscuity and various deep-seated psychological problems would predispose them to long-term relational instability. Existing evidence supports this speculation.59

    (SOURCE: http://www.catholic.com/library/gay_marriage.asp)

  2. Thanks for including this information. I didn’t want to get too bogged down in statistics and scientific studies in that brief post. However, the sources I listed at the end do provide extensive source material who want to go deeper in this area from a scientific perspective.

    In addition to those items, I recently read Marriage on Trial: The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting by Protestant authors Glenn T. Stanton and Dr. Bill Maier (InterVarsity Press, 2004). It’s not as comprehensive as O’Leary’s book, but still makes a good case. Here is an excerpt from p. 147:

    “Researcher Michael Bailey (of the famous ‘gay-twin studies’) believes the new research on homosexuality and mental illness is extremely significant:

    “‘These studies contain arguably the best published data on the association between homosexuality and psychopathology, and both converge on the same unhappy conclusion: homosexual people are at substantially higher risk for some forms of emotional problems, including suicidality, major depression and anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, and nicotine dependence. . . . The strength of the new studies is their degree of control [for weeding out other influencing factors]. [cite: J.M. Bailey, "Commentary: Homosexuality and Mental Illness," Archive of General Psychiatry 56 (1999), 876-80.]

    “In addition to the elevated risk of psychiatric disorders, many gay relationships are plagued by domestic violence. Recent research reported in the American Journal of Public Health found that one in five gay men reported being beaten by a sex partner, and 5 percent acknowledged being raped. A study of lesbian relationships, reported in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, found that during a one-year period, 90 percent of the lesbians surveyed had been the victim of one or more acts of verbal agression by their partners, while 31 percent reported one or more incidents of physical abuse. The National Violence Against Women Survey, sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, found that “same-sex cohabitants reported significantly more intimate partner violence than did opposite-sex cohabitants.” [source: "Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence," U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, July 2000, p. 30.]

    There’s certainly much, much more scientific evidence behind the assertion that the homosexual lifestyle is a less healthy way of life. We don’t rejoice in the fact that those who already suffer from homosexuality have to deal with these other problems. But we do need to know the full truth, both to reach out in love to our homosexual brothers and sisters, and also in order to make wise public policy decisions.

  3. “We don’t rejoice in the fact that those who already suffer from homosexuality have to deal with these other problems. But we do need to know the full truth, both to reach out in love to our homosexual brothers and sisters, and also in order to make wise public policy decisions.”

    I completely agree. I work part-time in an industry that probably could be described as having an over-representation of practicing homosexuals… Some of the stories and health problems (HIV+ @ 22, Prescription drug addiction death @ 27, Liver failure @ 27) have been heartbreaking. I know that the latter two can be said to be not directly related to orientation and preference… But from what I could observe, there was no seperating the pain and sadness of an overall life that was all about one-night stands and “hook-ups”.

    Getting the info out about the very poor health situation is important. Now that the news the CDC has offered in the past week, that 1 in 4 teenage girls tests positive for an STD, the whole notion that we can ignore of think healthy a group that has demonstrated promiscuity at levels exponetially exceeding that of amourous teens is just silly.

    People need to know for themselves and for their loved ones all the health risks involved.

  4. Speaking of claims that lack scientific support…

    Didja ever think the REASON gay people are “more likely to suffer from a range of psychological disorders, including major depression” might just because of the myriad lies we’ve had to counter – DAILY? From our “ill health” to our “promiscuity” to being denied jobs (or promotions) or housing, to being physically attacked (nevermind the emotional attacks of people who call themselves “Christian”)???

    OTOH, the reason you get labelled “hate-mongering, intolerant bigots” is because you continue to post hateful, intolerant, bigotted things. I bet if you stopped writing them, the labelling would likewise stop.

    As for the lie that we have an “inability to maintain committed relationships”, my husband and I are now on our 24th year. Our Church friends Bobbi and Flo were together 47 years when Bobbi died. Joe and Dave met each other in public school and have been together ever since – 42 years now. The first lesbian couple married in San Francisco, Del Martin and Phyllis Lyons were together 52 years on the day of their nuptials. What you continually type is – simply put – a LIE!

    Sorry but NARTH and Courage are NOT reputable, believable entities, let alone sources of “overwhelming evidence”.

    Now back to your regularly scheduled simplesinner/Leon ‘discussion’.

  5. Hi George,

    Do you consider me a “hate-mongering, intolerant bigot”?

    I understand that we have diametrically opposed views on this subject, but it seems to me that the best way for us to understand each other is to be open to discussion.

    I get the impression from your various posts that ANY expression of my views, which I believe are biologically, psychologically, philosophically, and theologically sound and true–not to mention expressive of my religious beliefs–is necessarily hate-filled, bigoted, intolerant, etc.

    So, it appears to me that in your eyes my views are not fit for the marketplace of ideas and rational human discourse and thus cannot be expressed in any manner. That seems rather intolerant to me.

    I understand at least to some extent where you’re coming from. You not only disagree with what I have to say and think I’m dead wrong, but what I say is extremely offensive to you because it calls into question how you perceive yourself and your sexual identity. I get it, and in fact I really try to be sensitive to that fact. But there is a significant difference between sincerely holding views that you hate vs. my fomenting hate and intolerance through the way I communicate my views. If I’ve done the latter in any of these posts, please let me know and I’ll apologize.

  6. “Didja ever think the REASON gay people are “more likely to suffer from a range of psychological disorders, including major depression” might just because of the myriad lies we’ve had to counter – DAILY? From our “ill health” to our “promiscuity” to being denied jobs (or promotions) or housing, to being physically attacked (nevermind the emotional attacks of people who call themselves “Christian”)???”

    Sure, we have thought about it, inasmuch as that tired canard is oft-proposed as the scapegoat for the self-chosen difficulties of men who have sex with men – a practice that is neither healthy (from the stand point alone of hygenic issues) nor natural (from the standpoint of biology). In the age of Queer as Folk, Will & Grace, Queer Eye For the Straight Guy, Ellen, and pretty much the point where every major TV show has at least one gay character… The idea that Hepatitis and Syphalis is on the rebound in places like San Francisco, New York, Columbus, OH, – in cities where the “gayborhoods” are accepted and nobody bats an eye any more…

    Well that just defies all logic. Still easier to be emotive and blame “the mean straights” I suppose.

  7. Mr. Olds,
    Your “Church” friend Bobbi, who died, is burning in hell if he died an unrepentant sodomite. Is it “hate” to say this? Consider your situation. If you continue with your filthy sodomy, you will burn forever in hell. I don’t want you to burn forever in hell. So no Mr. Olds, it it Charity, not hate to tell you this. I hope Bobbi repented of his filthy behavior and is not burning in hell. But the fact remains that Bobbi, and you, are responsible if you end up cursing God for all eternity from the pit of hell. You are responsible for your filth, and telling you nice things will not get you to stop from hurling yourself into hell. We don’t want you to suffer for all eternity, but in the end it is up to you. Repent while you have time and quit hating the Truth — The Catholic Church and her teachings.

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