By Kathleen Gilbert
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Conservatives' principled opposition to same-sex "marriage" is based, not on "homophobia" or any animus against homosexual persons, but on a genuine love for homosexual individuals that propels leaders to teach the truth about homosexuality and the damage it causes, said Family Research Council leader Tony Perkins last week.
"Conservatives, especially Christian conservatives, realize we must love people enough to be willing to speak the truth – and the truth is that we cannot redefine marriage without opening the door to all manner of moral and social evil," Perkins said in an address to the Faith and Freedom Conference in the nation's capital Friday.
Perkins continued: "I do not oppose homosexual marriage because I think it would threaten my marriage. I oppose it because it threatens the institution of marriage and, as a result, our nation itself." While men and women are "biologically, psychologically, and emotionally" complementary, he said, statistics confirm that the homosexual relationship is far from the family-friendly model homosexual lobbyists often paint it to be.
"Data show that the great majority of married homosexuals have multiple sexual partners. One recent study of homosexual couples found that each member of such couples averages eight additional sexual partners per year. Do I really need to say that this is not a good environment for children?" Perkins asked.
The leader also noted other studies that suggest "children raised in homosexual homes are much more likely to be exposed to violence than those raised by a mom and a dad."
For example, a 1994 study in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence examining conflict and violence in lesbian relationships found that 90% of the lesbians surveyed had been recipients of one or more acts of verbal aggression from their intimate partners during the year prior to the study, with 31% reporting one or more incidents of physical abuse. A 2001 survey in the Journal of the Family Research Institute found that gay men were 25 times more likely than married men to be domestically attacked.
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