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New European Studies Show Homosexual Marriage Harms Marriage in General
Culture of Life Foundation ^ | 1/27/04 | Culture of Life Foundation

Posted on 01/27/2004 1:05:48 PM PST by Polycarp IV

CULTURE & COSMOS

January 27, 2004 Volume 1, Number 25

New European Studies Show Homosexual Marriage Harms Marriage in General

Proponents of gay marriage frequently argue that allowing for it would have no affect whatsoever on the institution of marriage itself. Former Harvard anthropologist Stanley Kurtz, writing in the current issue of the Weekly Standard, reports on various European studies that challenge this argument. Kurtz reports that in those countries where full homosexual marriage rights have been granted, marriage and indeed concrete family structures have been considerably weakened.

These studies also show that the traditional function of marriage as the basis for stable family environments and parenthood is now no longer considered necessary. Rather, "same-sex marriage has locked in and reinforced an existing Scandinavian trend toward the separation of marriage and parenthood.instead of encouraging a society-wide return to marriage.gay marriage has driven home the message that marriage itself is outdated, and that virtually any family form, including out-of-wedlock parenthood, is acceptable."

Kurtz sites studies from a number of countries. In Denmark, which has allowed legal homosexual marriage since 1989, sociologists Cecilie Wehner, Mia Kambskar and Peter Abrahamson write, "the concept of a nuclear family is.changing. Marriage is no longer a precondition for settling a family-neither legally nor normatively." This transition in the definition of a family is similar in other Scandinavian countries.

Kurtz says the statistical measure of eroding family structures need not be based solely on the numbers of new heterosexual marriages, but also on increases in out-of-wedlock births and divorce rates. These factors have become more important as issues such as gay marriage and co-habitation have eroded the concept of family and the institution of marriage. Indeed, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway-all of whom have incorporated full gay marriage rights over the past ten to fifteen years-have seen jumps in out-of-wedlock births since they legalized homosexual marriage. This deterioration of the traditional family structure has ushered in an era where the majority of children are born outside of marriage.

Additional data, such as that from the most recent Statistical Yearbook of the UN Economic Commission, demonstrates the growth of this trend. In the two decades leading up to 2001, marriage rates decreased, divorce rates increased, and out-of-wedlock births increased in many countries, and the countries with the largest percentage fluctuations in these issues are also those most lenient with homosexual marriage rights.

While the data was specific to Europe, the same could be said for all developed Western nations, including the United States. Demographer Kathleen Kiernan classifies all Western countries into a three-tier system signifying incidence of cohabitation, out of wedlock births, and marriage. Kurtz notes that Kiernan's "three groupings closely track the movement for gay marriage." Only in the lowest incidence tier where societies are "most resistant to cohabitation, family dissolution, and out-of-wedlock births.has the gay marriage movement achieved relatively little success."

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To: tdadams
Liberals are not tolerated on Free Republic. Why a homosexual advocate is allowed on this Conservative site is beyond me.
41 posted on 01/27/2004 7:38:35 PM PST by Barnacle ("It is as it was." JPII)
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To: Barnacle
So now you'd like to undermine my credibility by implying that I have a vested interest?

I'm not black, but I oppose racial discrimination. I'm not a drug user, but I oppose the war on drugs.

See a pattern here?

42 posted on 01/27/2004 7:39:44 PM PST by tdadams
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To: Barnacle
And now you're calling for me to be silenced because I challenge you and disagree with your viewpoint? Nice little fascist aren't you?
43 posted on 01/27/2004 7:41:05 PM PST by tdadams
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To: tdadams
Just how tolerant are you of people who wish to have sex with animals?
44 posted on 01/27/2004 7:42:01 PM PST by Barnacle ("It is as it was." JPII)
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To: Barnacle
When (and if) you're capable of a question that's not inflammatory and ridiculous, I'll consider a reasoned response.
45 posted on 01/27/2004 7:43:32 PM PST by tdadams
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To: tdadams
Blaming gays for the problems of the Catholic church? Please, that's laughable. The Catholic church is it's own worst enemy. It had a problem in it's ranks for decades that it did nothing about... no let me correct that, which it facilitated.

If you removed the sex abuse problems committed by homosexuals, what problems would the Catholic Church be left with?

46 posted on 01/27/2004 7:45:03 PM PST by Barnacle ("It is as it was." JPII)
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To: tdadams
You're asking Freepers to be tolerant of a practice we consider abhorant. Why don't you just answer the question?
47 posted on 01/27/2004 7:46:58 PM PST by Barnacle ("It is as it was." JPII)
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To: tdadams
The more you look at the numbers, however, the harder it is to come up with any idea that gay marriage has strengthened marriage in Scandinavia.

The Spedale report of a 10% increase in marriage (from 1990 to 1996) was not true, since the 2001 numbers (for Denmark and Sweden) showed a *decline* since 1990. Meanwhile, whatever is happening with the divorce rate, many are no longer holding off until the children are grown.

But it is interesting that gay marriage has made its greatest strides precisely where the institution is in direst straits. In essence the fight, such as it is, is over a corpse.

When the link between marriage and procreation is severed or even weakened, both suffer.

48 posted on 01/27/2004 7:47:12 PM PST by The Iguana
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To: Barnacle
Was the Catholic Church not complicit in covering up the crime? Transferring the offending priests to one new diocese after another, in effect handing them a whole new crop of children to molest?
49 posted on 01/27/2004 7:47:35 PM PST by tdadams
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To: tdadams
You wouldn't be here if it was up to me. That's for sure. I consider your agenda as dangerous to the future of America as any Bolshevic.
50 posted on 01/27/2004 7:49:16 PM PST by Barnacle ("It is as it was." JPII)
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To: CAtholic Family Association
The great falling away...
51 posted on 01/27/2004 7:51:01 PM PST by rdb3 (If Jesse Jack$on and I meet, face to face, it's gonna be a misunderstanding...)
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To: Barnacle
First of all, you don't speak for all Freepers, and there are plenty that agree with me. After all, part of being a conservative means abiding by our written Constitution, and part of that calls for "Equal justice under the law", which precludes denigrating a persecuting a certain group of people and denying them the same right to live a self-directed life that the rest of us enjoy and take for granted.

Secondly, I have answered the question, numerous times, when others just as acerbic as you asked previously. Alternatively, you can read my profile.

52 posted on 01/27/2004 7:53:49 PM PST by tdadams
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To: tdadams
Was the Catholic Church not complicit in covering up the crime? Transferring the offending priests to one new diocese after another, in effect handing them a whole new crop of children to molest?

Yes, homosexuals covering for homosexuals. Do you see why I want them out of my church?

They'vs infiltrated so deep now that some seminaries are known as "Pink Palaces" where the applicant interviewers screen out applicants who don't swing their way.

This infiltration cast a horrible shadow over every good priest and every Catholic.

I want them out of my Church!

53 posted on 01/27/2004 8:00:11 PM PST by Barnacle ("It is as it was." JPII)
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To: Barnacle
Cardinal Bernard Law is a homosexual? I didn't realize that. Or perhaps you're not being entirely truthful about the situation.
54 posted on 01/27/2004 8:03:54 PM PST by tdadams
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To: CAtholic Family Association
Mega "duh" alert.
55 posted on 01/27/2004 8:04:15 PM PST by Antoninus (In hoc signo, vinces )
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To: tdadams
The other interesting aspect of this is the fact that there is no stampede toward marriage by Scandinavian gays:

Noteworthy, too, is the lack of a movement toward marriage and monogamy among gays. Take-up rates on gay marriage are exceedingly small. Yale's William Eskridge acknowledged this when he reported in 2000 that 2,372 couples had registered after nine years of the Danish law, 674 after four years of the Norwegian law, and 749 after four years of the Swedish law.

Granted that these countries have much smaller populations - but even so these are miniscule numbers, especially if we accept the compositional percentage of the gross population by gays of 10%. To take the case of Sweden it's less than 1% of 1% of the population.

But then why should Scandinavian gays take the institution seriously? Straights obviously no longer do either.

56 posted on 01/27/2004 8:13:04 PM PST by The Iguana
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To: tdadams
Did I say I speak for all Freepers? I speak for this one Freeper alone. But, many agree with me. And if a poll were taken, I think you'd find yourself in the insignificant minority on Free Republic.

How could you expect it any other way? The homosexual agenda is contrary to Conservative values. Take a look at who your friends are. Are they Conservative?

Speaking of Conservative, what would you know about that? You're a Libertarian, and I didn't have to learn that from your home page. It's gotten so that I can spot one after just two posts. That's how incongruent Libertarianism is with Conservatism.

As far as answering my questions, why not just answer them?

57 posted on 01/27/2004 8:13:10 PM PST by Barnacle ("It is as it was." JPII)
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To: tdadams
Cardinal Bernard Law is a homosexual?

Considering the damage he allowed homosexuals to inflict in his diocese, it would not surprise me if he was.

58 posted on 01/27/2004 8:15:44 PM PST by Barnacle ("It is as it was." JPII)
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To: tdadams
Was the Catholic Church not complicit in covering up the crime? Transferring the offending priests to one new diocese after another, in effect handing them a whole new crop of children to molest?

Yes.

Or it is more accurate to say: many key bishops were. These problems are handled at the diocesan level.

The real question is why so many men with arrested sexual development - nearly all of homosexual orientation, given that something like 94% of reported molestation cases are of adolescent boys - got into the priesthood in the first place. And how they were formed in the seminaries.

There are of course many perfectly chaste, fine same-sex oriented priests serving in the Church. But clearly this orientation poses a greater obstacle for priestly formation than does heterosexuality per se.

But then of course the Church has always held that homosexuality is "gravely disordered."

59 posted on 01/27/2004 8:18:49 PM PST by The Iguana
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To: tdadams
Was the Catholic Church not complicit in covering up the crime? Transferring the offending priests to one new diocese after another, in effect handing them a whole new crop of children to molest?

Uh, if you study all the cases long enough, you come to one inescapable conclusion--there are a lot of homosexual bishops in the US and some (many?) of them were being blackmailed by the sex abusers. Read some of Fr. Shanley's letters to Cardinal Law as reported in the Boston Globe and the Wanderer. Or do you think it was just coincidence that those dioceses that are the most "tolerant" toward the "gay" community also had the greatest number of abuse cases?
60 posted on 01/27/2004 8:22:11 PM PST by Antoninus (In hoc signo, vinces )
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