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While the recent ruling of the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) on the Defense of Marriage act did not legalize same-sex marriage per se, the ruling did say that same-sex marriages are on the same footing as traditional marriages (between one man and one woman), and therefore afforded the same rights and privileges. But is there any basis to this clamor for equal rights? Will allowing same-sex marriage be beneficial to society in the long run? One of the ways of understanding the implications of same-sex marriage is to take a look at the statistics on homosexual relationships. The study below was published by Timothy J. Dailey, Ph.D., a senior fellow in the Center for Marriage and Family Studies at the Family Research Council. The complete study is found at http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=IS04C02.

ON RELATIONSHIP DURATION

Gay activists often point to high divorce rates and claim that married couples fare little better than homosexuals with regard to the duration of their relationships. The research, however, indicates that male homosexual relationships last only a fraction of the length of most marriages.

Married Couples

A 2001 National Center for Health Statistics study on marriage and divorce statistics reported that 66 percent of first marriages last ten years or longer, with fifty percent lasting twenty years or longer.[2]

Male Homosexual Relationships

The 2003-2004 Gay/Lesbian Consumer Online Census surveyed the lifestyles of 7,862 homosexuals. Of those involved in a “current relationship,” only 15 percent describe their current relationship as having lasted twelve years or longer, with five percent lasting more than twenty years.[4] While this “snapshot in time” is not an absolute predictor of the length of homosexual relationships, it does indicate that few homosexual relationships achieve the longevity common in marriages.

In The Sexual Organization of the City, University ofChicago sociologist Edward Laumann argues that “typical gay city inhabitants spend most of their adult lives in ‘transactional’ relationships, or short-term commitments of less than six months.”[5]

A study of homosexual men in the Netherlandspublished in the journal AIDS found that the “duration of steady partnerships” was 1.5 years.[6]

In his study of male homosexuality in Western Sexuality: Practice and Precept in Past and Present Times, Pollak found that “few homosexual relationships last longer than two years, with many men reporting hundreds of lifetime partners.”[7]

In Male and Female Homosexuality, Saghir and Robins found that the average male homosexual live-in relationship lasts between two and three years.[8]

ON MONOGAMY VS. PROMISCUITY: SEXUAL PARTNERS OUTSIDE OF THE RELATIONSHIP

Lest anyone suffer the illusion that any equivalency between the sexual practices of homosexual relationships and traditional marriage exists, the statistics regarding sexual fidelity within marriage are revealing:

Married couples

A nationally representative survey of 884 men and 1,288 women published in the Journal of Sex Research found that 77 percent of married men and 88 percent of married women had remained faithful to their marriage vows.[9]

A 1997 national survey appearing in The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in theUnited Statesfound that 75 percent of husbands and 85 percent of wives never had sexual relations outside of marriage.[10]

A telephone survey conducted for Parade magazine of 1,049 adults selected to represent the demographic characteristics of theUnited Statesfound that 81 percent of married men and 85 percent of married women reported that they had never violated their marriage vows.[11]

Male Homosexuals

Research indicates that the average male homosexual has hundreds of sex partners in his lifetime:

The Dutch study of partnered homosexuals, which was published in the journal AIDS, found that men with a steady partner had an average of eight sexual partners per year.[12]

Belland Weinberg, in their classic study of male and female homosexuality, found that 43 percent of white male homosexuals had sex with 500 or more partners, with 28 percent having one thousand or more sex partners.[13]

In their study of the sexual profiles of 2,583 older homosexuals published in the Journal of Sex Research, Paul Van de Ven et al. found that “the modal range for number of sexual partners ever [of homosexuals] was 101-500.” In addition, 10.2 percent to 15.7 percent had between 501 and 1,000 partners. A further 10.2 percent to 15.7 percent reported having had more than one thousand lifetime sexual partners.[14]

A survey conducted by the homosexual magazine Genre found that 24 percent of the respondents said they had had more than one hundred sexual partners in their lifetime. The magazine noted that several respondents suggested including a category of those who had more than one thousand sexual partners.[15]

“Commitment” in Male Homosexual Couples

Even in those homosexual relationships in which the partners consider themselves to be in a committed relationship, the meaning of “committed” or “monogamous” typically means something radically different than in heterosexual marriage.

Implications for Homosexual Parenting

Gay activists attempt to minimize the differences between homosexual and heterosexual households in order to make homosexuality look as normal as possible. However, as already shown, only a small minority of gay and lesbian households have children. Beyond that, the evidence also indicates that comparatively few homosexuals choose to establish households together–the type of setting that is normally prerequisite for the rearing of children.

The Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual advocacy organization, claims that the U.S. population of gays and lesbians is 10,456,405, or five percent of the total U.S. population over 18 years of age.[37] However, as we have seen, the best available data supports a lower estimate of 2.5 percent for male homosexuals and 1.4 percent for lesbians.[38] This would lead to a figure of approximately 4,040,000 homosexual men and women in the U.S. population. Thus, only about 30 percent of homosexuals (1,202,418 out of some 4 million) choose to live in a household with a person of the same sex.

The above indicates that only a small minority of gays and lesbians choose to live in partnered relationships, and furthermore, only a small percentage of partnered homosexual households actually have children. The evidence thus does not support the claim that significant numbers of homosexuals desire to provide a stable home for children.

Homosexual and Lesbian Couples vs. Married Couples

When homosexual and lesbian relationships are directly compared with married couples, the difference in the domestic partner violence is pronounced:

EXPOSING THE LGBT AGENDA

As a fitting conclusion to his paper, Dr. Dailey remarks that gay activists admit that there is indeed a concerted effort to change the view of society when it comes to homosexuals and homosexual relationships. In order to do this, they have to change the true character of traditional marriage; from a marriage rooted in chastity and fidelity that promotes the well-being of the household, to free-for-all, anything goes kinds of unions where promiscuity abounds.

Homosexual writer and activist Michelangelo Signorile speaks approvingly of those who advocate replacing monogamy with sexually “open” relationships:

For these men the term “monogamy” simply doesn’t necessarily mean sexual exclusivity….The term “open relationship” has for a great many gay men come to have one specific definition: A relationship in which the partners have sex on the outside often, put away their resentment and jealousy, and discuss their outside sex with each other, or share sex partners.[54]

The views of Signorile and Ettelbrick regarding marriage are widespread in the homosexual community. According to the Mendola Report, a mere 26 percent of homosexuals believe that commitment is most important in a marriage relationship.[55]

Former homosexual William Aaron explains why even homosexuals involved in “committed” relationships do not practice monogamy:

In the gay life, fidelity is almost impossible. Since part of the compulsion of homosexuality seems to be a need on the part of the homophile to “absorb” masculinity from his sexual partners, he must be constantly on the lookout for [new partners]. Consequently the most successful homophile “marriages” are those where there is an arrangement between the two to have affairs on the side while maintaining the semblance of permanence in their living arrangement.[56]

Dr. Dailey ends his paper with a conclusion that we have all come to know and expect of the LGBT agenda:

The evidence is overwhelming that homosexual and lesbian “committed” relationships are not the equivalent of marriage. In addition, there is little evidence that homosexuals and lesbians truly desire to commit themselves to the kind of monogamous relationships as signified by marriage. What remains, then, is the disturbing possibility that behind the demands for “gay marriage” lurks an agenda of undermining the very nature of the institution of marriage.

What does all this have to do with our country?

Everything.

Philippine society is under siege from the gay agenda for quite some time now. Our TV and radio shows, even print media, are full of gay propaganda in order to achieve a level of tolerance for homosexual behavior among Filipinos. Boy Abunda, an openly gay TV talk show host whose relationship with his homosexual partner is open knowledge to everyone, has no qualms in showing that he wears a scapular. While we do not condemn the wearing of the scapular, we have to ask the hard question: what message does Boy Abunda show in wearing a scapular and having a homosexual relationship?

Some people were up in arms against the show My Husband’s Lover, but more people actually were supportive of the show. If we are to think that this is the first time that showbiz has shown anything gay, think again: it has been there, we just didn’t pay attention.

 

We need to wake up. We need to arm ourselves with information and knowledge in order to fight the LGBT agenda. We do this not to alienate nor discriminate against homosexuals; we love them all the same, but we will not stand idly while they continue to live and promote their homosexual activities.

 

Sources:

1. Robert Gebeloff and Mary Jo Patterson, “Married and Gay Couples Are Not All that Different”Times-Picayune (November 22, 2003).

2. Matthew D. Bramlett and William D. Mosher, “First Marriage Dissolution, Divorce and Remarriage: United States,” Advance Data, National Center for Health Statistics (May 31, 2001): 1.

3. Rose M. Kreider and Jason M. Fields, “Number, Timing, and Duration of Marriages and Divorces: 1996″ Current Population Reports, P70-80, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C.(February 2002): 5.

4. ”Largest Gay Study Examines 2004 Relationships,” GayWire Latest Breaking Releases, www.glcensus.org.

5. Adrian Brune, “City Gays Skip Long-term Relationships: Study Says,” Washington Blade(February 27, 04): 12.

6. Maria Xiridou, et al, “The Contribution of Steady and Casual Partnerships to the Incidence of HIV Infection among Homosexual Men in Amsterdam,” AIDS 17 (2003): 1031.

7. M. Pollak, “Male Homosexuality,” in Western Sexuality: Practice and Precept in Past and Present Times, ed. P. Aries and A. Bejin, translated by Anthony Forster (New York, NY: B. Blackwell, 1985): 40-61, cited by Joseph Nicolosi in Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality (Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson Inc., 1991): 124, 125.

8. M. Saghir and E. Robins, Male and Female Homosexuality (Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 1973): 225; L. A. Peplau and H. Amaro, “Understanding Lesbian Relationships,” inHomosexuality:Social, Psychological, and Biological Issues, ed. J. Weinrich and W. Paul (Beverly Hills: Sage, 1982).

9. Michael W. Wiederman, “Extramarital Sex: Prevalence and Correlates in a National Survey,”Journal of Sex Research 34 (1997): 170.

10. E. O. Laumann et al., The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States(Chicago:University of Chicago Press, 1994 ): 216.

11. ”Sexual Habits of Americans Have Changed Dramatically in Ten Years: New National Survey Finds Both Men and Women More Committed and Caring” PR Newswire (August 4, 1994).

12. Xiridou, 1031.

13. 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).

14. Paul Van de Ven et al., “A Comparative Demographic and Sexual Profile of Older Homosexually Active Men,” Journal of Sex Research 34 (1997): 354.

15. ”Sex Survey Results,” Genre (October 1996), quoted in “Survey Finds 40 percent of Gay Men Have Had More Than 40 Sex Partners,” Lambda Report, January 1998: 20.

37. David M. Smith and Gary J. Gates, “Gay and Lesbian Families in the United States: Same-Sex Unmarried Partner Households,” Human Rights Campaign (August 22, 2001): 2.

38. Dan Black et al., “Demographics of the Gay and Lesbian Population,” “4.7 percent of men in the combined samples have had at least one same-sex experience since age 18, but only 2.5 percent of men have engaged in exclusively same-sex sex over the year preceding the survey. Similarly, 3.5 percent of women have had at least one same-sex sexual experience, but only 1.4 percent have had exclusively same-sex sex over the year preceding the survey.” (141)

54. Michelangelo Signorile, Life Outside (New York: HarperCollins, 1997): 213.

55. Mary Mendola, The Mendola Report (New York: Crown, 1980):53.

56. William Aaron, Straight (New York: Bantam Books, 1972): 208.

 

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