The Purpose of This Bl;og

By and large, liberals are very decent, kind, and compassionate people who genuinely want what is best. This should be kept in mind as we explore the Law of Unintended Negative Consequences near invariably resulting from Leftist big-hearted solutions to societal problems.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage--Spike in Social Ills

Liberals have argued for same-sex marriage by claiming, in part, that it would encourage stable, long-term committed relationships among homosexual couples, thereby having a positive effect on social health and welfare--just as presumably with legal marriage for heterosexuals. (See HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE) This is a commendable goal.

However, after legalizing same-sex marriage in Massachusetts and other states, instead of decreasing certain sex-related social problems as intended (like homosexual promiscuity and infidelity and intimate/domestic partner violence and suicides and AIDs and HIV and other sexually transmitted infections), the previous downward trends were reversed and saw an increase at an alarming rate for each of these social ills. (See HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE).

Some homosexuals consider this the new gay epidemic. (See HERE)

Seemingly against reason, there has been a rise in gay teen pregnancies, to the point that in Minnesota the rate of births among gays out-paced that of heterosexual teens. (See HERE) And, while a variety of social factors are suggest to explain this counter-intuitive phenomena, the old saw of "social stigma" was expectantly, though mistakenly trotted out. The rise in gay social ills parallels the increased acceptance of homosexuality and homosexual issues, thus running opposite to trends in social stigma, thereby counter what is claimed. (See HERE and HERE) The rise in social ills is due, in part, to gay acceptance. (See HERE and HERE)

[Update 11/25/2015: CDC Finally Acknowledges: Homosexual Behaviors Can Lead to More STDs]

[Update 7/2/2016: As indicated above, suicide rates have increased since the dawn of the SSM movement. Many attribute this rise to social stigma, which makes no sense since societies have become increasingly more accepting of homosexuality over the last decade (see HERE), which means that suicide rates should be declining were social stigma the cause. Here is the real culprit, which underscores the point of this post: Study: relationship problems, not family rejection, leading cause of higher gay suicides]

There are at least two reasons that may explain the rise in these societal challenges following the legalization of same-sex marriage, which, themselves, constitute Leftist LUNCs:
  1. Legalization of same-sex marriage may have been viewed by many people as the government and society putting its seal of approval on homosexual behaviors, thus altering or loosening social morals and promoting homosexuality. And since homosexuals, as a culture, tend to be far more promiscuous and lacking in fidelity and prone to intimate/domestic partner violence and STDs and mental illness than heterosexuals (see HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE), then legalization of same-sex marriage may have inadvertently promoted promiscuity and infidelity and intimate/domestic partner violence, with the side effect of increased STDs and suicides (see HERE and HERE), contrary to what the Left had planned. Mark Regnerus concludes: "Many libertarians and conservatives, including Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, assert that marriage is a conservative institution—which is true—one that will therefore function as such for those who enter it, whether gay or straight. While certainly the case for some, that claim is an unlikely future for many, not because gay or lesbian couples are liberal but because those in the driver’s seat of the contemporary mating market—men—are permissive. This, I predict, will be same-sex marriage’s signature effect on the institution—the institutionalization of monogamish as an acceptable marital trait. No, gay men can’t cause straight men to cheat. Instead, the legitimacy newly accorded their marital unions spells opportunity for men everywhere to bend the boundaries. Dan Savage will be proud." (See HERE)
  2. According to various studies: ""Homosexuals...are taught by example and belief that marital relationships are transitory and mostly sexual in nature. Sexual relationships are primarily for pleasure rather than procreation. And they are taught that monogamy in a marriage is not the norm [and] should be discouraged if one wants a good 'marital' relationship.[20] Bradley P. Hayton, 'To Marry or Not: The Legalization of Marriage and Adoption of Homosexual Couples," (Newport Beach: The Pacific Policy Institute, 1993--as reported HERE)  "Even in those homosexual relationships in which the partners consider themselves to be in a committed relationship, the meaning of ‘committed’ typically means something radically different than in heterosexual marriage.” (See HERE and HERE) A national survey discovered that even "committed" homosexual relationships display a fundamental incapacity for the faithfulness and commitment that is axiomatic to the institution of marriage. (Parade, August 7, 1994, pp. 4–6.) Another study found that two-thirds of same-sex spouses (40% female, 60% male) did not believe marriage needed always to be monogamous. In fact, nearly half of male same-sex spouses (47%) had an explicit agreement that allowed for non-monogamy. (See HERE and HERE) Yet another study showed: "that 47 per cent of gay couples had 'sex agreements' that specifically allowed sexual activity with others. An additional 8 per cent of couples were split: one person favored sex outside the relationship and the other expected monogamy. Only 45 per cent described their relationships as monogamous. Proponents of 'marriage equality' sing their refrain over and over: 'Our relationships are just the same as yours.' Not even close. While just 7 per cent of Americans believe that adultery (sexual infidelity by married, heterosexual partners) is morally acceptable, Dr Hoff’s report emphasizes that nearly 50 per cent of gays in committed relationships specifically affirm sexual infidelity. Other research shows shockingly higher rates (75-95 per cent) of non-monogamy in long-term gay relationships." (See HERE) (See also HERE and HERE and HERE)  As such, legalizing same-sex marriage didn't diminish infidelity and social problems common to unmarried homosexuals, but may have even encourage it by giving homosexual infidelity the legitimizing label of "marriage." (See also HERE and HERE and HERE

For an explanation as to why these same-sex marriage Leftist LUNCs have happened, see: The politics of Victimization, Compassion, Equality, Emotions, Bullying, Propaganda and Disinformation. [the unlinked topics will be posted later as they are completed] 

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