Thursday, October 23, 2008

A chilling read on how same-sex marriage has changed Massachusetts

Good morning!

This article was sent to me by two of my most insightful sources - it's a chilling read as to the effects same-sex marriage has had in Massachusetts.

Again, I'm an advocate of equal rights for civil unions - but there's a HUGE difference between equality and promoting the homosexual agenda, forcing it down everyone else's throats.

If this sort of stuff happens in California, I'm out of here - which, as a third-generation Californian, breaks my heart, but I won't raise children in such an environment!

What same-sex "marriage" has done to Massachusetts
It's far worse than most people realize

by Brian Camenker

Anyone who thinks that same-sex “marriage” is a benign eccentricity which won’t affect the average person should consider what it has done in Massachusetts. It’s become a hammer to force the acceptance and normalization of homosexuality on everyone. And this train is moving fast. What has happened so far is only the beginning.

On November 18, 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced its Goodridge opinion, ruling that it was unconstitutional not to allow same-sex “marriage.” Six months later, homosexual marriages began to be performed.

The public schools
The homosexual “marriage” onslaught in public schools across the state started soon after the November 2003, court decision.

At my own children's high school there was a school-wide assembly to celebrate same-sex “marriage” in early December, 2003. It featured an array of speakers, including teachers at the school who announced that they would be “marrying” their same-sex partners and starting families either through adoption or artificial insemination. Literature on same-sex marriage – how it is now a normal part of society – was handed out to the students.

Within months it was brought into the middle schools. In September, 2004, an 8th-grade teacher in Brookline, MA, told National Public Radio that the marriage ruling had opened up the floodgates for teaching homosexuality. “In my mind, I know that, 'OK, this is legal now.' If somebody wants to challenge me, I'll say, 'Give me a break. It's legal now,'” she told NPR. She added that she now discusses gay sex with her students as explicitly as she desires. For example, she said she tells the kids that lesbians can have vaginal intercourse using sex toys.

By the following year it was in elementary school curricula. Kindergartners were given picture books telling them that same-sex couples are just another kind of family, like their own parents. In 2005, when David Parker of Lexington, MA – a parent of a kindergartner – strongly insisted on being notified when teachers were discussing homosexuality or transgenderism with his son, the school had him arrested and put in jail overnight.

Second graders at the same school were read a book, “King and King,” about two men who have a romance and marry each other, with a picture of them kissing. When parents Rob and Robin Wirthlin complained, they were told that the school had no obligation to notify them or allow them to opt-out their child.

In 2006 the Parkers and Wirthlins filed a federal Civil Rights lawsuit to force the schools to notify parents and allow them to opt-out their elementary-school children when homosexual-related subjects were taught. The federal judges dismissed the case. The judges ruled that because same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts, the school actually had a duty to normalize homosexual relationships to children, and that schools have no obligation to notify parents or let them opt-out their children! Acceptance of homosexuality had become a matter of good citizenship!

Think about that: Because same-sex marriage is “legal,” a federal judge has ruled that the schools now have a duty to portray homosexual relationships as normal to children, despite what parents think or believe!

In 2006, in the elementary school where my daughter went to Kindergarten, the parents of a third-grader were forced to take their child out of school because a man undergoing a sex-change operation and cross-dressing was being brought into class to teach the children that there are now “different kinds of families.” School officials told the mother that her complaints to the principal were considered “inappropriate behavior.”

Libraries have also radically changed. School libraries across the state, from elementary school to high school, now have shelves of books to normalize homosexual behavior and the lifestyle in the minds of kids, some of them quite explicit and even pornographic. Parents complaints are ignored or met with hostility.

Over the past year, homosexual groups have been using taxpayer money to distribute a large, slick hardcover book celebrating homosexual marriage titled “Courting Equality” into every school library in the state.

It’s become commonplace in Massachusetts schools for teachers to prominently display photos of their same-sex “spouses” and occasionally bring them to school functions. Both high schools in my own town now have principals who are “married” to their same-sex partners, whom they bring to school and introduce to the students.

“Gay days” in schools are considered necessary to fight “intolerance” which may exist against same-sex relationships. Hundreds of high schools and even middle schools across the state now hold “gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender appreciation days.” They “celebrate” homosexual marriage and move forward to other behaviors such as cross-dressing and transsexuality. In my own town, a school committee member recently announced that combating “homophobia” is now a top priority.

Once homosexuality has been normalized, all boundaries will come down. The schools are already moving on to normalizing transgenderism (including cross-dressing and sex changes). The state-funded Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth includes leaders who are transsexuals.

Public health
The Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is “married” to another man. In 2007 he told a crowd of kids at a state-sponsored youth event that it’s “wonderful being gay” and he wants to make sure there’s enough HIV testing available for all of them.

Since homosexual marriage became “legal” the rates of HIV / AIDS have gone up considerably in Massachusetts. This year public funding to deal with HIV/AIDS has risen by $500,000.

Citing “the right to marry” as one of the “important challenges” in a place where “it’s a great time to be gay,” the Massachusetts Department of Public Health helped produce The Little Black Book, Queer in the 21st Century, a hideous work of obscene pornography which was given to kids at Brookline High School on April 30, 2005. Among other things, it gives “tips” to boys on how to perform oral sex on other males, masturbate other males, and how to “safely” have someone urinate on you for sexual pleasure. It also included a directory of bars in Boston where young men meet for anonymous sex.

Domestic violence
Given the extreme dysfunctional nature of homosexual relationships, the Massachusetts Legislature has felt the need to spend more money every year to deal with skyrocketing homosexual domestic violence. This year $350,000 was budgeted, up $100,000 from last year.

Business
All insurance in Massachusetts
must now recognize same-sex “married” couples in their coverage. This includes auto insurance, health insurance, life insurance, etc.

Businesses must recognize same-sex “married” couples in all their benefits, activities, etc., regarding both employees and customers.

The wedding industry is required serve the homosexual community if requested. Wedding photographers, halls, caterers, etc., must do same-sex marriages or be arrested for discrimination.

Businesses are often “tested” for tolerance by homosexual activists. Groups of homosexual activists often go into restaurants or bars and publicly kiss and fondle each other to test whether the establishment demonstrates sufficient “equality” — now that homosexual marriage is “legal.” In fact, more and more overt displays of homosexual affection are seen in public places across the state to reinforce "marriage equality."

Legal profession
The Massachusetts Bar Exam now tests lawyers on their knowledge of same-sex "marriage" issues. In 2007, a Boston man, Stephen Dunne, failed the Massachusetts bar exam because he refused to answer the questions in it about homosexual marriage.

Issues regarding homosexual “families” are now firmly entrenched in the Massachusetts legal system. In many firms, lawyers in Massachusetts practicing family law must now attend seminars on homosexual "marriage." There are also now several homosexual judges overseeing the Massachusetts family courts.

Adoption of children to homosexual “married” couples
Homosexual “married” couples can now demand to be able to adopt children the same as normal couples. Catholic Charities decided to abandon handling adoptions rather submit to regulations requiring them to allow homosexuals to adopt the children in their care.

In 2006 the Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS) honored two men “married” to each other as their “Parents of the Year.” The men already adopted a baby through DSS (against the wishes of the baby’s birth parents). According to news reports, the day after that adoption was final DSS approached the men about adopting a second child. Homosexuals now appear to be put in line for adopting children ahead of heterosexual parents by state agencies in Massachusetts.

Government mandates
In 2004, Governor Mitt Romney ordered Justices of the Peace to perform homosexual marriages when requested or be fired.
At least one Justice of the Peace decided to resign.

Also thanks to Gov. Romney, marriage licenses in Massachusetts now have “Party A and Party B” instead of “husband and wife.” Romney did not have a legal requirement to do this; he did it on his own. (See more on this below.)

Since homosexual relationships are now officially “normal”, the Legislature now gives enormous tax money to homosexual activist groups. In particular, the Massachusetts Commission on Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Youth is made up of the most radical and militant homosexual groups which target children in the schools. This year they are getting $700,000 of taxpayer money to go into the public schools.

In 2008 Massachusetts changed the state Medicare laws to include homosexual “married” couples in the coverage.

The public square
Since gay “marriage,” annual gay pride parades have become more prominent. There are more politicians and corporations participating, and even police organizations take part. And the envelope gets pushed further and further. There is now a profane “Dyke March” through downtown Boston, and recently a “transgender” parade in Northampton that included bare-chested women who have had their breasts surgically removed so they could “become” men. Governor Patrick even marched with his “out lesbian” 17-year old daughter in the 2008 Boston Pride event, right behind a “leather” group brandishing a black & blue flag, whips and chains!

The media
Boston media, particularly the Boston Globe newspaper, regularly does feature stories and news stories portraying homosexual “married” couples where regular married couples would normally be used. It’s “equal”, they insist, so there must be no difference in the coverage. Also, the newspaper advice columns now deal with homosexual "marriage" issues, and how to properly accept it.

A growing number of news reporters and TV anchors are openly “married” homosexuals who march in the “gay pride” parades.

Is gay marriage actually legal in Massachusetts?
Like everywhere else in America, the imposition of same-sex marriage on the people of Massachusetts was a combination of radical, arrogant judges and pitifully cowardly politicians.

The Goodridge ruling resulted in a complete cave-in by politicians of both parties on this issue. Same-sex “marriage” is still illegal in Massachusetts. On November 18, 2003 the court merely ruled that it was unconstitutional not to allow it, and gave the Legislature six months to “take such action as it may deem appropriate.” Note that the Massachusetts Constitution strongly denies courts the power to make or change laws, or from ordering the other branches to take any action. The constitution effectively bans “judicial review” – a court changing or nullifying a law. Thus, the court did not order anything to happen; it simply rendered an opinion on that specific case. And the Legislature did nothing. The marriage statutes were never changed. However, against the advice of many, Gov. Romney took it upon himself to alter the state's marriage licenses to say "Party A and Party B" and order officials to perform same-sex "weddings" if asked, though he had no legal obligation to do so. Technically, same-sex marriages are still illegal in Massachusetts.

Nevertheless, we are having to live with it. And furthermore, this abdication of their proper constitutional roles by the Legislature and Governor has caused a domino effect as "copycat" rulings have been issued in California and Connecticut, with other states fearful it will happen there.

In conclusion
Homosexual “marriage” hangs over society like a hammer with the force of law. And it’s only just begun.

It’s pretty clear that the homosexual movement’s obsession with marriage is not because large numbers of them actually want to marry each other. Research shows that homosexual relationships are fundamentally dysfunctional on many levels, and “marriage” as we know it isn’t something they can achieve, or even desire. (In fact, over the last three months, the Sunday Boston Globe’s marriage section hasn’t had any photos of homosexual marriages. In the beginning it was full of them.) This is about putting the legal stamp of approval on homosexuality and imposing it with force throughout the various social and political institutions of a society that would never accept it otherwise. To the rest of America: You've been forewarned.

For more information go to http://whatisprop8.com

6 comments:

Kelsey said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIL7PUl24hE
Prop 8 promotes intolerance. It takes away everything our country has worked for. Marriage is not even taught in schools so why would it matter if gays and lesbians were allowed to get married. Prop 8 is just a group of people who enjoy living there lives while they can laugh at the people who do not have the right to get married because of the ignorant decision that people made. Prop 8 has raised over 25 million dollars so that people don't have rights. Where was the 25 million dollars when thousands of teachers were fired due to insufficient funds?

Hizzeather said...

Read the article again. There is a difference between tolerance and indoctrination.

I have the same amount of rights as any homosexual. I am limited by the law who I can marry too.

emily said...

kelsey,

a. marriage is taught in schools. it's part of the california education code. also marriage is taught in countless informal ways.

b. prop 8 promotes protection for the traditional definition of marriage. This is for several reasons: Religious, Social, Cultural, Historical. Supporters of Prop 8 find compelling arguments for protecting something which has had its separate name from the beginning of society. That is lots of thousands and thousands of years. That means we have lots of research on this cultural method of providing stability for families. Same-Gender unions only have 30 years of research. We need more information before judges should impose this law on the public.

c. It is not persuasive to say that someone shouldn't use money to support a important cause because there are teachers who lost jobs.

d. please think about your argument and what you hope to achieve.

Sarah said...

a. Forms are involved. My entire family (I mean, aunts, uncles, grandparents, mother and father) work in the education system. All at different levels. Since marriage became legal earlier this year, there has been no change in curriculum.

b. You could use the same argument for womens rights and black rights. And passing prop eight would be imposing, not simply allowing something. You don't have to attend a gay wedding. Nor do you have to sign a form. And if you're worried about social issues, they're already there. Discrimination has been around forever. And it takes understanding and acceptance to get rid of it.

c. What would Jesus spend his money on?

d. Goal: Equality, freedom. Especially from the church.

Kelsey said...

emily,
i am fighting for the right for someone to marry the person that they are in love with. I myself am already married to a wonderful man, but if someone threatened to make my marriage void because of some selfish reason then i would be pretty mad. this is for equality, and my little sisters are still in school, and neither of them have been taught that "guys have to marry girls and vice versa" because that is a lesson parents teach their children. Your child soaks in more from the parent then they do anyone else.

shooter said...

Chilling indeed.

First let me say that I probably won't make many friends from this comment but please understand that what I read in this article sounds to me like the end of everything I believe America is and what everyone who's ever died fighting for it has given his/her life for. This nation was NOT built on the principle that anyone could do whatever they wanted. This nation was built on the premise that everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That is not the same as being able to do whatever the heck you want. No society that refuses to stand up and say "no" when something is just plain wrong will survive very long.

Second let me specify that when I refer to gays in here I'm talking about gay lobbyists or any other political group that is pressing for acceptance of gay marriage. I am NOT, repeat NOT referring to individual gay people and/or couples, many of whom I believe the comments I make herein do not apply.

I'm an engineer by trade, that is to say, I deal with physical reality, that is to say I deal with cold hard facts. So I'm the kind of person that wants evidence before making a decision. In this article we have someone who's been living in the world of gay marriage for 5 years now. This person has provided us a picture of a world I don't want to live in and I can't imagine how anyone would.

I went to the link provided in this article and found that it is a single item on an entire website filled with similar material (including pictures) of what is going on in Massachusetts. If the article above wasn't enough to convince you that there is MUCH more behind the efforts of the gay lobby (let me again make the distinction between gay people, and the lobbyists pushing this) to force this on the people of CA then I'd suggest you go take a look at the website.

I am appalled, disgusted, and in shock at what is happening right inside a state in our own nation. When the author of this article says that this issue "hangs over society like a hammer with the force of law" he isn't kidding. It sounds to me like the MA state legislature is either scared to death of these lobbyists or they are absolutely ignoring the will of the people. Take some time to look at what is being taught in schools there and read a bit more about how the gay lobby is coming up with the tax dollars to ramrod this material down the throats of school children. If what you see on that website is what you want for CA then please vote NO on prop 8. I can't imagine how anyone can believe we won't face the same thing in CA.

This article and that website are the evidence of what gay marriage does to society. And that's after 5 years, imagine where they'll be in a generation! Based on the evidence of the one place in America to have allowed what has now been forced on Californians I have to say that for the gay lobbyists (again not gay people) this is not about rights, this goes far beyond rights. If this was about being able to visit your partner in the hospital MA would not be experiencing what it is. I can believe that for many gay individuals and couples who will be voting NO, this fight is indeed about individual rights. I can believe that for them it is about respect. But what this article points out is that there is FAR, FAR more going on behind the scene that perhaps even many of these individuals are unaware of. I will not vote for something that will bring this kind of tyranny to California and I strongly urge everyone else to carefully consider this author's warning.

As to the question raised above about the $25M that has been spent on the Yes campaign...it was in the same place as the multi-million dollars that has been spent on the No campaign. Sitting in the pockets of people who believe in this cause. Please don't pretend that the No campaign hasn't been making just as desperate an effort to raise money to push promote their cause.