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What this has ultimately come down to is forcing Americans to adopt an immoral standard of morality when it comes to marriage. Otherwise the Gay Rights movement would merely seek to remove government control of marriage, rather than attempting to force their definition on the millions of U.S. Christians who disagree while pushing gay hate crimes laws that sue Christian business owners that don't want to participate in actions which violate their beliefs. When put to a vote, even in the most liberal states, gay marriage has failed almost every time.[1]

In California for example, voters decided on both Proposition 22 (2000) and Proposition 8 (2008) that marriage should be defined as between a man and a woman, but 6 judges overturned the will of 4 million voters, and forced California students to be taught about gay role models in classrooms.[2] That a top priority of the Gay Rights movement is forcing students to be taught about gay role models shows their agenda is forcibly indoctrinating others with their beliefs, and using the courts to tyrannically legislate apart from the process of democracy and Bill of Rights.[3]

Attack on Democracy

Thirty states passes laws via ballot referendum defining marriage as between a man and a woman. In other words, the peoples of those 30 states (including the most populous states of California and Texas) all voted against gay marriage. In spite of that, a few liberal judges overturned the will of the people in direct opposition to the principles of democracy at the heart of the U.S. Constitution.[4] The gay rights movement constitutes the greatest attack on U.S. democracy since the Civil War when the Democrat South rebelled to protect the institution of slavery.

List of Ballot Referendums

The following is a list of state ballot referendum laws that defined marriage as between a man and a woman, prior to the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) overturning them.

State Referendum Year Yes Votes %
Alabama Sanctity of Marriage, Amdt. 774 2006 697,591 81.2%
Alaska Marriage Amdt., Measure 2 1998 152,965 68.1%
Arizona Marriage Protection, Proposition 102 2008 1,258,355 56.2%
Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Proposed Amdt. 3 2004 753,770 75.0%
California Proposition 22, Limit on Marriages 2000 4,618,673 61.2%
California Proposition 8 2008 7,001,084 52.2%
Colorado Definition of Marriage, Initiative 43 2006 855,126 55.0%
Florida Definition of Marriage, Amdt. 2 2008 4,890,883 61.9%
Georgia Definition of Marriage, Amdt. 1 2004 2,454,930 76.2%
Idaho Marriage Definition, H.J.R. 2 2006 282,386 63.4%
Kansas Marriage Amdt. 2005 417,675 70.0%
Kentucky Marriage Amdt. 2004 1,222,125 74.6%
Louisiana Marriage Amdt., Question 1 2004 619,198 78.0%
Michigan Marriage Amdt., Proposal 2 2004 2,698,077 58.6%
Mississippi Marriage Definition, Amdt. 1 2004 957,104 86.0%
Missouri Marriage Definition, Amdt. 2 2004 1,055,771 70.6%
Montana Definition of Marriage, CI-96 2004 295,070 66.6%
Nebraska Marriage Definition, Measure 416 2000 477,571 70.1%
Nevada Marriage Amdt., Question 2 2002 337,197 67.2%
North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage, Amdt. 1 2012 1,317,178 61.0%
North Dakota Definition of Marriage, Const. Measure 1 2004 223,572 73.2%
Ohio Definition of Marriage, Amdt. 1 2004 3,329,635 61.7%
Oklahoma Definition of Marriage, State Question 711 2004 1,075,216 75.6%
Oregon Marriage Measure 36 2004 1,028,546 56.6%
South Carolina Amdt. 1, Marriage Act 2006 829,360 78.0%
South Dakota Marriage Amdt. 2006 172,035 51.8%
Tennessee Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Amdt. 1 2006 1,419,434 81.3%
Texas Definition of Mariage, Amdt. 1 2005 1,723,782 76.3%
Utah Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Amdt. 3 2004 593,297 65.9%
Virginia Question 1, Marriage Amdt. 2006 1,328,537 57.1%
Wisconsin Marriage Amdt., Question 1 2006 1,264,310 59.4%

Defense of Mariage Act

Nor is it just state ballot referendum laws that the Supreme Court ruled were unconstitutional. The Supreme Court also struck down the Defense of Marriage Act passed by Congress into law in 1996, via its 2013 ruling, United States v. Windsor. Since judges are sworn to uphold the laws passed by Congress in Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution, the judges who have ruled these laws are unconstitutional have directly violated the U.S. Constitution and their own oaths of office to commit treason. The five liberal judges who ruled in both cases should be impeached.

Attack On 1st Amendment

This is ultimately not about equal rights, for homosexuals already have the same rights as everyone else, to vote and marry the opposite sex. It is about attacking the rights of Christians using hate crime laws, so that they can force everyone to change their moral beliefs. For all that the left yells about forcing beliefs on others, they themselves are the ones most guilty of doing so.[5]

Forced to Photograph a Gay Wedding

A photographer, Elaine Huguenin, was sued after refusing to photograph a lesbian wedding in 2006 by Vanessa Willock. As pointed out by Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, "At issue is the fundamental question of whether the state can pretend to be a god over the conscience. No one is seeking to outlaw photographers from working at same-sex marriage or civil union ceremonies. At issue is whether these persons will be forced by the coercive power of the state to participate in something they believe to be sinful." The Washington Post's David Bernstein points out that this is similar to forcing an atheist to photograph a Jewish circumcision ceremony.[6]

Justice David Bosson tyrannically decreed in the case that the Huguenins "now are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives. Though the rule of law requires it, the result is sobering. It will no doubt leave a tangible mark on the Huguenins and others of similar views."[8] This was not discrimination, the Hugeinins were willing to provide portrait photographs to anyone, it was photographing gay weddings that specifically violated their beliefs, and they had objected in the past to photographing similarly indecent actions such as nudity, violence, and polygamy.[9]

Forced to Design Cakes for Gay Weddings

Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, has always been willing to sell homosexuals birthday cakes, cupcakes, brownies, or anything else in his shop, but draws the line at designing wedding cakes where he would have to draw two male names on the cake or put two male figurines on top of the cake. So when Charlie Craig and David Mullins asked him to design such a cake for their wedding he refused, citing his Christian beliefs - resulting in their lawsuit to try and force him to make a cake that would violate what he believed. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys argue that this is not about discrimination but whether government can force someone to say something that they don't want to say in violation of the First Amendment.[10]

Colorado's Civil Rights Commission has since ordered the baker to change his store policies and force his staff to attend training sessions on sexual orientation discrimination, submitting quarterly reports showing he hasn't turned away gay customers.[11]

Evidence Against Genetic Inheritance

Gallup Polling

Gallup polling very strongly shows that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice, not genetically inherited. An October 2012 Gallup poll revealed that those ages 18 to 29 are twice as likely as those 30 to 49 to identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transexual (LGBT), 6.4% to 3.2%, and over three times as likely as those ages 65 or older. (6.4% to 1.9%) Furthermore, of those ages 18 to 29, women are almost twice as likely as men to identify as LGBT, 8.3% to 4.6%.[12] This is very striking evidence showing homosexuality is a trend more popular among youth than previous generations, and more popular among young women than young men.

Group Yes No Don't Know/Refused
18 to 29 6.4% 90.1% 3.5%
30 to 49 3.2% 93.6% 3.2%
50 to 64 2.6% 93.1% 4.3%
65+ 1.9% 91.5% 6.5%
18 to 29, Women 8.3% 88.0% 3.8%
18 to 29, Men 4.6% 92.1% 3.3%
Gallup Poll June 1-September 30, 2012. In response to: Do you personally identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender?[12]

Furthermore, there is noticeable regional variation as well. If homosexuality were genetic, there should not be so much variation by both age and region, which suggests that the lifestyle is the result of cultural trends, not genetic.

Region Yes No Don't Know/Refused
East 3.7% 91.8% 4.5%
South 3.2% 92.0% 4.8%
Midwest 3.4% 92.2% 4.4%
West 3.6% 92.7% 3.7%

In Nature?

Despite efforts to use homosexuality in nature to argue that homosexuality is a natural phenomenon, in actuality homosexuality has been induced in nature and within humans specifically by scientists using drugs which imitate male and female hormones, androgen and estrogen respectively. As such, the increasing prevalence of homosexuality appears attributable to scientists deliberately creating hormone-imitating chemicals to influence sexuality, possibly in an attempt to slow the rate of global population growth.

Xenoestrogens and Xenoandrogens

Mankind's genetic tampering increasingly appears to be the reason for homosexuality in nature. Scientists deliberately manipulate newt pheromones to introduce homosexuality in nature, as one example.[14] Over the past 70 years unnatural estrogen-imitating chemicals and pesticides have been introduced into nature through industrial, agricultural, and chemical companies which mimic female pheromones. Thus ironically, even if there is a genetic cause for homosexuality, it is an unnatural one caused by scientific tampering with hormones.

Diethylstilbestrol

The most prominent xenoestrogen, diethylstilbestrol (DES), was created in 1938 and from 1940-71 was given to as many as 5-10 million people in the United States by the USDA under the mistaken belief it would prevent miscarriages.[16] It was also distributed in Great Britain, France, and the Netherlands.[17] The FDA continued to approve diethylstilbestrol for estrogen-replacement therapy until the late 1980s.[18] It is now known that DES causes serious health problems including breast cancer, vaginal and cervical cancer, clear cell cancer, testical cysts, premature births, and infertility.[19]

Studies have shown that those taking diethylstilbestrol have increased likelihood of homosexuality.[21] Xenoestrogens have been shown to produce homosexual urges in snakes by confusing genders through smell.[22] Estrogen has also been shown to alter gender preference in quail and chicken as well.[23]

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Xenoestrogens are used in Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)[25] which is used to treat 'Gender Dysphoria' / 'Gender Identity Disorder.'[26] In essence, estrogen-imitating chemicals are used to change the sexual characteristics of those who aren't happy with the gender they are born with. HRT has also been used extensively to treat menopause symptoms with Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT), but restraint is now being urged given the discovery that introduction of foreign estrogen causes cancer.[27] Like their counterparts xenoestrogens, xenoandrogens (which imitate the male hormone, testosterone) likewise cause reproductive disorders and occur in persistent organic pollutants (POPs).[28] Part of the debate over homosexuality involves whether taxpayers should be required to pay for others' Gender Reassignment surgeries.[29]

Former Homosexuals

Another strong evidence that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice, not genetic, is the fact that there are those who stop being homosexual. The most notable case would be Michael Glatze, one of the leaders of the Gay Rights movement before announcing in July 2007 that he was no longer gay.[30] Yet another example would be Christopher Doyle, leader of Voice for the Voiceless who states of Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) that "Our goal is not to change gays, but to offer an alternative for those who believe they are inherently heterosexual and experience unwanted homosexual feelings."[31]

The existence of ex-gays has revealed a disconnect between the claims of tolerance and reality. As pointed out by Linda Jernigan, another ex-gay, "The conversions of alcoholics, drug addicts, gamblers, fornicators, porn addicts, and adulterers are never disputed or challenged. When someone exits homosexuality, however, they are not merely challenged; they are maligned and rejected as liars from the community that preaches acceptance and tolerance. While the homosexual community accepts the transformation from heterosexuality to homosexuality as truthful and morally legitimate, they reject any transformation in the other direction and the value of chastity for those who never experience heterosexual attraction."

Link to Sexual Abuse

Numerous studies document the fact that homosexuals are much more likely to have been abused as children, a fact that does not fit well with a purely biological origin, suggesting instead that circumstances play a role. The following is a list of studies that have documented this:

2012 Studies

  • Childhood Sexual Abuse and Adult Sexual Identity Formation: Intersection of Gender, Race, and Sexual Orientation (freely readable online)[32]

2011 Studies

  • Sexual Victimization and Health-Related Indicators Among Sexual Minority Men (freely readable online)[33]
  • A Model of Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Young Gay and Bisexual Men: Longitudinal Associations of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Sexual Abuse, and the Coming-Out Process (freely readable online)[34]
  • The Prevalence of Sexual Assault Against People Who Identify as Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual in the United States: A Systematic Review(freely readable online)[35]

2008 Studies

  • Disparities in Child Abuse Victimization in Lesbian, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Women in the Nurses' Health Study II [36]

2005 Studies

  • Victimization Over the Life Span: A Comparison of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Siblings[37]

2002 Studies

  • AIDS-Related Risk Among Adolescent Males Who Have Sex With Males, Females, or Both: Evidence From a Statewide Survey (freely readable online)[38]

1998 Studies

  • Childhood Sexual Abuse and HIV Risk-Taking Behavior Among Gay and Bisexual Men[39]

1994 Studies

  • Emotional, Behavioral, & HIV Risks Associated with Sexual Abuse Among Adult Homosexual and Bisexual Men[40]

1992 Studies

  • A Review of the Long-Term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse[41]

1991 Studies

  • A Review of the Short-Term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse[42]

The Biblical View

Is It Wrong?

The Bible makes very clear that homosexuality is wrong, both in the Old and New Testaments. And contrary to popular belief Jesus does briefly address it also in Matthew 11:8 and Luke 7:25, using the Greek word malakos which the KJV there translates soft, but translates as "effeminate" in 1 Corinthians 6:9.

Not About Hatred or Being Better

Biblically everyone is sinful before God, rather than singling out homosexuals, the Bible states that everyone is guilty before God and worthy of death.

All Guilty of Sexual Sins

As Christians we believe everyone has been guilty of similar sins, and that homosexuality is just one of a number of wrong sexual actions grouped together as fornication.

Others include divorce, adultery, incest, bestiality, lusting after others in one's heart, and prostitution. Even excessive sexual lust in general seems to be wrong regardless of gender (1 Thessalonians 4:3-7, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20), something I personally admit to having struggled with.

Lust and fleshly desires are contrasted with walking in the Spirit.

Repentance and Turning

The Gospel of Salvation is that all must turn from their wrong actions to follow God's will, not just some, but all. Christianity at its heart is not about denying guilt, but admitting it, one cannot repent if they don't accept they have done what is wrong. Christianity is about a lifetime of repentance, attempting to admit wrong actions and forsake them to follow God. We are ultimately called to judge ourselves first. Repentance means not only sorrow for wrong actions but turning from them, changing and doing works befitting repentance.

Christianity is all about admitting our guilt, trusting in Jesus, and asking Jesus to save us through His sacrifice on our behalf on the cross.

Conclusion

For Christians, this is not about considering one group worse than others, simply about forsaking wrong actions, including homosexuality, in order to follow God and holiness. Homosexuality is just one of many wicked sins to be repented of, Biblically.

Westboro

Main Article: Westboro

Left-Wing Democrats

For all that Westboro gets portrayed as conservative and Christian, it is actually a left-wing Democrat organization unaffiliated with and denounced by major Christian organizations such as the Baptist World Alliance and Southern Baptist Convention.It is unaffiliated with all Baptist and Christian organizations, and the two largest Baptist denominations, the Baptist World Alliance and the Southern Baptist Convention, have denounced Westboro.[43]

Fred Phelps, the church's founder, has run six times in Democrat primary elections. The Westboro Church assisted Al Gore's Kansas campaign in 1988 and provided rooms for his campaign workers. Fred Phelps Jr. was a Gore delegate to the 1988 Democratic National Convention[44] and invited to the first Clinton-Gore inauguration in 1993 as a result.[45]

  • In 1990, Phelps Sr. ran for Governor of Kansas in the Democratic primary election and received 6.7% of the vote.[45]
  • In 1994, Fred Phelps Sr. ran for Governor in the Democratic primary election and received 5,300 votes.[46]
  • In 1998, Fred Phelps Sr. ran for Governor in the Democratic primary election and received 14.7% of the vote.[47]
  • In 1992, Fred Phelps Sr. ran for U.S. Senate in the Democratic primary election and received 30.8% of the ballots cast.[45]
  • In 1993, Fred Phelps Sr. ran for Topeka mayor in the Democratic primary election and received 1.8% of the ballots cast.[48]
  • In 1997, Fred Phelps Sr. ran for Topeka mayor in the Democratic primary election.

A Law Firm Disguised As A Church

Westboro Baptist Church consists of a family of lawyers working for the Phelps Chartered Law Firm who reap massive monetary awards from suing communities that try to keep their offensive protests out, under the First Amendment.[49] Fred Phelps graduated from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka in 1962[44] and designed his church/family as a giant law firm used to sue those angry enough to retaliate against the "church" or to bar its offensive activities from their communities. Eleven of Phelps' thirteen children are lawyers. All five of the attorneys for the Phelps Chartered Law Firm, which Fred Phelps founded in 1964, are his children.[49] The firm is located at 1414 S.W. Topeka Blvd. in Topeka, Kansas.[50] As of 2001, at least 14 of Westboro's 22 adult members had law degrees.[51]

Protests

Westboro does not just protest funerals of homosexuals but massacre victims, celebrities, and anything else that will get them media attention. Westboro first began picketing in 1991[51] and has protested or otherwise targeted the following:

Groups

  • Homosexuals, including Matthew Shepard[52], Ellen DeGeneres, and Diane Whipple.[53]
  • Jews.[54]
  • The Catholic Pope[55] and the Catholic Church.[56]
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)[44] and the funeral of Gordon B. Hinckley its former president.[53]
  • Islam and Muslims.[44]
  • The Ku Klux Klan.[56]
  • The nations of Sweden, Canada, and Ireland.[44]
  • Joseph Estabrook Elementary School in Massachusetts.[44]

Victims of Massacres/Disasters

  • Funerals for victims of 9/11.[54]
  • Funerals for victims of the Virginia Tech massacre.[53]
  • Funerals for victims of the Westroads Mall massacre.[53]
  • Funerals for victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.[44]
  • Funerals for U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan[54] including Spc. Edward Myers.[53]
  • Funerals for the 17 soldiers killed aboard the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000.[56]
  • Funerals for Amish schoolgirls murdered in Pennsylvania.[54]
  • Funerals for victims who died when the I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapsed.[53]
  • Funerals for AIDS victims[54] including Kevin Oldham.[53]
  • Funerals for Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims.[57]
  • Funeral for Canadian bus victim Tim McLean.[58]

Celebrities

  • Billy Graham.[53]
  • Santa Claus.[56]
  • Musicians, including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Sonny Bono,[54] Frank Sinatra,[56] Heath Ledger,[53] Taylor Swift,[59] Vince Gill, Kesha, and Blake Shelton.[60]
  • Actors and television personalities, including Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Fred Rogers, Jerry Falwell,[44] and Cory Monteith.[61]
  • Political figures, including Bob Dole, Bill Clinton's mother[54], Ronald Reagan, Princess Diana, Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, former Senator David Norris,[44] Coretta Scott King,[53] Topeka Mayor James McClinton, and Princess Madeleine of Sweden.[53]
  • Reggie White.[44]

No-Fault Divorce

A favorite claim of gay rights advocates is that because divorce allows short marriages that there is no sanctity of marriage as is. However, this ignores the fact that no fault divorce allowing divorce for any reason or no reason did not exist until the 1970s.[62] What is more, no-fault divorce, like the Gay Rights movement, began in California in 1969, same time, same place.[63] This is, in other words, the second time that the definition of marriage has been changed, and the last time it caused single mothers[64] and broken homes following false promises that changes to marriage would not harm society.

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