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Christian group says gay marriage more dangerous than smoking
Homosexual activity is “more dangerous for individuals who engage in it than is smoking,” and because of this, state lawmakers need to pass a constitutional amendment overturning last year’s Iowa Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, according to Iowa Family Policy Center President Chuck Hurley.
Hurley was responding to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that said gay men have higher rates of HIV and syphilis than the general population. Because of these figures, if the state allows gay men to get married they are “sanctioning self destructive behavior.”
“The Iowa Legislature outlawed smoking [in some public places] in an effort to improve health and reduce the medical costs that are often passed on to the state,” Hurley said. “The secondhand impacts of certain homosexual acts are arguably more destructive, and potentially more costly to society than smoking.”
The CDC report made it clear that “factors such as homophobia and stigma” can prevent gay men from seeking prevention, testing, and treatment services.
“There is no single or simple solution for reducing HIV and syphilis rates among gay and bisexual men,” said Kevin Fenton, director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention. “We need intensified prevention efforts that are as diverse as the gay community itself. Solutions for young gay and bisexual men are especially critical, so that HIV does not inadvertently become a rite of passage for each new generation of gay men.”
Jordan Selha, executive director of the AIDS Project of Central Iowa, told The Des Moines Register that the CDC data is more evidence that additional resources are needed for prevention and tests.
Not so, says Hurley.
“Iowa lawmakers need to pay attention to hard facts and not be persuaded by emotion laden half-truths,” he said. “Because of their unwillingness to correct the error of last April’s Iowa Supreme Court opinion, the Iowa Legislature is responsible for sanctioning activities that will lead to dramatically higher rates of HIV and syphilis in Iowa.”
Hurley’s comments echo those made by WHO-AM radio host Jan Mickelson last month at an Iowa Family Policy Center fundraiser. Mickelson said that simply being gay shortens your life, a statement that is only backed up by widely discredited or misrepresented studies. Mickelson’s comments came during his introduction of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bob Vander Plaats, who were the featured speakers at the event.