Posts Tagged ‘family’

BYU Mormon Prof Says Gay Couples Inadequate To Raise Children

SLC – Last week the University of Utah hosted a debate on LGBT Rights And Family Law. But what started as a healthy conversation quickly set many teeth in the audience grinding as BYU Professor Lynn Wardle attacked Gays, Gay Families and Women in general.

UofU Professor Cliff Rosky

The debate was sponsored by the UofU club the “Outlaws,” and featured Professor Cliff Rosky (University of Utah law professor and board member of Equality Utah) and Professor Lynn Wardle (BYU Professor and Co-Author of Utah’s Amendment 3). The two started things off amiably, both stressing that they wanted this to be a “conversation” rather than a debate. However the tension in the room built almost immediately as Lynn Wardle mentioned in his opening remarks that “Traditional Marriage is the same across all cultures and times.”

Funny, but I seem to recall every history book telling me different, but who am I to argue?

Professor Wardle also showed a rather glaring lack of knowledge on the subject when he spoke of civil unions as being equivalent to marriage, despite the overwhelming evidence of the 1100+ rights that are given to married couples but denied to partners living with civil unions.

The evening really took a downturn from there, as Wardle made veiled (barely) comparisons between gay relationships and incest. “Strong morality usually comes from a traditional family,” Wardle says, “Is it possible to have a strong incestuous family, is it possible to have a strong polyamorous family or a strong same-sex family? Yes, but it’s not likely.” Lynn surmises that gay couples cannot have the strength of commitment or love for one another as a

BYU Professor Lynn Wardle

heterosexual couple, and therefore cannot have a strong family.

Rosky pushed Wardle on the issue, asking why gay couples cannot have as strong a family as straight couples? Wardle replied that there are inherant traits to women and men in families, and only a man and a woman can fulfill those traits. Almost every female in the room gasped (remember most in the audience are law students) as they listened to a BYU professor tell them that the 1800’s gender roles should still be in place.

Yeah…. don’t think I’ll be rooting for BYU anytime soon.



The American Family Association is up in arms about an elementary school janitor in Massachusetts who is undergoing the transition process from male to female. Below is a copy of their latest article on the issue.

“A pro-family advocate says parents in one Massachusetts town were perplexed when they received a letter from the school district explaining changes the janitor made over the summer break.

At the beginning of the 2008-09 school year, parents at the Clara Barton Elementary School in Oxford, Massachusetts, received a letter from the principal and superintendent, informing them that one of the school custodians had “changed his gender role” and is now a woman.

The school officials then informed parents that if their children, whose ages range from five-to-ten years old, ask school employees any questions concerning the custodian, they believe that “the best thing to tell them is that our custodian used to be a man. She has changed her gender and is now a woman.”

Brian Camenker with MassResistance is appalled. “Whether parents like that idea or not, [the school] decided that they were going to introduce this to kids if there were any questions. That’s extremely outrageous,” he contends. “The whole idea that someone like this should be in the public schools, of course, is beyond belief.”

He says his organization was made aware of the situation when the uncle of a student gave him a copy of the letter. “From what I understand, everybody is afraid to speak out because they are afraid that their kids will be treated badly [and be subject to] retribution by the school officials,” he notes.

Camenker believes parents are also fearful of liberals in the community and finds it troubling there is a climate of fear against speaking out. He adds that on the reverse side of the letter, school officials listed radical homosexual websites in order for parents to get more information on “transgender issues.” “

I went digging deeper into this story but the farther you went, the more awful and sickening it became. This poor woman is just doing her job and yet people don’t even want her in the school! But I must say that I felt SOOO bad for these student’s parents feel some form of shame or guilt at raising their bigoted voices, and setting that example for their kids.

As for the school, 5 – extremely big – stars for speaking out in a very positive manner, that both made no apologies for their janitor, but also recognized the inevitable concerns of some parents. The original letter, including the list of “radical homosexual websites” can be found here.

Silencing the Christians

The American Family Association (AFA), long time anti-civil rights group are now enraged that their latest TV special, “Speechless; Silencing the Christians,” is not being aired everywhere that they want it to. Speechless began as a mini-series, but then was re-tooled into a 1 hour special that the AFA has been trying to get several TV stations nationwide to pick up and air. But up to this point, they have not been entirely successful.

According to an action-alert email sent out by the AFA, stations in Ohio and Michigan have refused to air the special. And WSPA in South Carolina offered an official apology after the special aired.

Why such a fuss? Well the special spends the hour breaking down the “Gay Agenda” that is destroying America, claiming it relies on 3 main strategies, De-sensitizing, Jamming (confusing the truth with lies and re-definitions)21p7pcykkxl_sl500_aa140_ and conversion . It relies heavily on a 1989 book titled “After the Ball; How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90’s.” In the book, authors Marshall Kirk (psychologist) and Hunter Madsen (advertising guru) go into detail how they believed the LGBTQ community might achieve equality. If you read the book, you will find that outside of the research, the authors also have included some satire worthy of The Daily Show or The Colbert Report.Big guess as to what passages the AFA decides to focus on.

The special goes as far as to open with clips of anti-gay protesters being arrested, and claiming that they were treated SO abusively, for simply voicing their opinions. What they don’t show you however, is some of the same clips that they use, are from newscasts following those protesters throwing bottles at a PRIDE parade in Georgia in the mid-nineties.

What else can I say? Same old same old. Wise up already will you? America, even “Straight America” doesn’t fall for this junk anymore.

“FAMILY” Groups attack Suicidal Gay Teens

suicideThe group “Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays” released an article on Jan 6th saying that a recent study conducted by San Francisco State University on the link between gay teens who turn suicidal when parents reject them is just an attempt to promote “Gay Affirmation.”

“The way in which parents or guardians respond to a youth’s sexual orientation profoundly influences the child’s mental health as an adult,” say researchers at San Francisco State University, whose findings appear in Monday’s journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

However groups like “Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays” and the American Family Association are coming out swinging against this “attempted attack on parents.” Regina Griggs, Executive Director of Parents and Friends says, “..what we’re doing is we’re telling young people and we’re telling their parents, ‘You must accept those feelings. Who cares where they come from? It’s a gay lifestyle — endorse it!’ ….and [then] they threaten parents and frighten them by saying, ‘If you don’t, then your child may commit suicide!”

This is what I find so interesting, here is a credible study done on what can be the prevention of further teen suicides, depression and drug use, and these so-called “family” institutions are more concerned with making sure that parents “rehabilitate” their children rather than showing them love and accepting them for who they are.

What Would You Do?

I’ve been speaking with several people over the past month or so about the issue of Equal Rights and Gay Marriage, both through this weblog, and in other places. Being in Utah, I have of course found several people who disagree with my opinions, and the conversation has invariably come down to that they just don’t want their children being exposed to legalized Gay Marriage. For all those who have come to this conclusion, I would like to pose a question to you, please take some time to think about it, then post your reply. Love to you all!

“What would you do if one of your children came to you and told you that he/she was gay?”