Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Republican congresswoman Vicky Hartzler compares gay marriage to incest and paedophilia


A secret recording has emerged on YouTube in which Missouri congresswoman Vicky Hartzler is seen comparing gay marriage to incest, paedophilia and allowing three-year-olds to drive.

Ms Hartzler, a member of the Tea Party, was addressing a conference of college students at the Eagle Forum Collegians Summit in Washington on Thursday. She said that if same-sex marriages were allowed, it would lead to paedophiles and polygamists also being allowed to marry.

In the uncovered footage, Ms Hartzler says “Well, think about it . . . if you just cared about somebody, have a committed relationship, why not allow one man and two women or three women to marry?

“There are a lot of people in this country that support polygamy. Why not? They’re committed to each other. Why should you care? Why not allow group marriage? There are people out there who want that.”

She continued: “Well, is that the best policy? Why not allow an uncle to marry his niece? Why not allow a 50-year-old man to marry a 12-year-old girl if they love each other and they’re committed? So pretty soon if you don’t set parameters, you don’t have any.

“We’re saying marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s not a right in the Constitution as far as that goes either. It’s not a right of anybody to have a three-year-old to be able to drive a car. The government has [to] set some parameters.”

The Eagle Forum promotes conservatism on college campuses. Its annual conference is attended by around 200 students.

Ms Hartzler deemed the conference a success, writing on Twitter afterwards: “Spoke to almost 200 college students today at the Eagle Forum Collegiate Leadership Conference. A great group of sharp enthusiastic leaders.”

Mrs Hartzler was elected in 2010 to represent Missouri’s 4th Congressional District. She is an evangelical Christian and staunch opponent of gay marriage.

She is also a spokesman for the Coalition to Protect Marriage in Missouri, which successfully campaigned to ban same-sex marriage in the state.

CNN documentary reveals tragic consequences of ‘experimental therapy’ designed to make young boys ‘more masculine’


CNN are to screen a three-part documentary about a form of ‘experimental therapy’ designed to make ‘feminine’ boys more masculine.

The documentary, entitled The Sissy Boy Experiment, tells the story of Kirk Andrew Murphy who despite success in school, the Air Force and his subsequent career, took his own life in 2003 at the age of 38.

As CNN reveal, initial confusion as to why Murphy took his life led to the emergence of a dark secret.

According to his mother, Kaytee Murphy, he “played with girls’ toys”, and displayed “too many effeminate traits”.

She said it bothered her because she wanted her son to have “a normal life.”

Unluckily for the five-year-old Kirk, in 1970, a psychologist was advertising on local television recruiting boys for a government-funded programme at the University of California, Los Angeles. There, he was treated largely by George A. Rekers who instructed the boy’s parents in techniques for training their son in the “correct” way to act.

This included “therapy” including being denied all attention and affection by his mother if he played with the “wrong” toys and being rewarded for playing with the “right” ones i.e. plastic guns and handcuffs.

At home, Kirk was physically punished for displaying “effeminate” behavior.

Dr George Rekers later built a three-decade career as a leading national expert in preventing children from becoming gay, and as an anti-gay champion. He was also a founding member of the Family Research Council, a faith-based organisation that lobbies against gay rights issues.

His career came to end last year however, when he hired a male escort to accompany him on a trip to Europe. Rekers denied any sexual contact with the escort.

In 2009, Rekers co-authored a book entitled Handbook of Therapy for Unwanted Homosexual Attractions in which he cited Kirk’s Murphy’s case as a success.

When tracked down by CNN, Rekers told them that it was “inaccurate to assume” that the therapy led to Kirk Murphy’s suicide.

Even more shockingly have been surgical interventions carried out by US surgical staff on girls with intersex conditions such as congenital adrenal hyperplasia.

Such intervention, which aims to “normalise” the individuals concerned, has led to operations carried out on the “over-sized” clitorises of girls as young as two years old, leaving them damaged and, in some cases, incapable of ever having a satisfactory sex life.

London hospitals to offer routine HIV tests to A&E patients


Two hospitals in London are to offer routine HIV tests to Accident and Emergency (A&E) patients, making them the first in the UK to do so and aiming to save lives by reducing the number of cases of undiagnosed HIV.

All patients aged 16-65 attending the A&E department at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital are being offered the 30-second test, and more than 450 patients have been tested since the trial began earlier this year.

Testing is to start in the A&E department at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, on 20 June.

Currently, the NHS only offers routine HIV tests to pregnant women in antenatal clinics and patients in sexual health clinics.

The Health Protection Agency estimates that 86,500 people are living with HIV in the UK – 26 per cent of whom are unaware of their condition. In London, 28,000 people are living with the virus. Also, the number of people in the capital diagnosed with HIV acquired in the UK has doubled in the last decade.

Dr Ann Sullivan, Consultant Physician at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, said: “People whose HIV is undiagnosed are not only more likely to die from the virus but also infect other people while they are unaware of their condition. If diagnosed early, HIV can be successfully treated and people with HIV live to near-normal life expectancy.

“Our pilot study demonstrated that routine HIV tests in A&E not only detect undiagnosed cases but also are seen as acceptable by the vast majority of patients.”

Sir Nick Partridge, Chief Executive of HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “We welcome anything which increases testing for HIV and offers it in a way that’s safe and reliable.

“Thousands of people are still undiagnosed in the UK and the later people are diagnosed the more likely they are to get seriously ill and pass the infection onto others, so it’s vital we encourage people to come forward for HIV tests.”

New Elton John documentary to be screened by HBO in January


A documentary following the life and career of Sir Elton John will be screened on HBO in January 2012.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, HBO Documentary Films recently acquired domestic TV rights to the film which explores the musician’s early career as well as his collaboration with fellow singer-songwriter Leon Russel on their 2010 album The Union, which is also the film’s title.

The documentary was directed by Cameron Crowe and produced in collaboration with T-Bone Burnett and Michelle Panek and began filming in November 2009.

The film is described as “an extremely candid portrait of one of the world’s most treasured artists and performers, and his extraordinary journey of the heart – one that sent him to powerfully reclaim and reinvigorate the life and musical career of Russell, to whom John hadn’t spoken in over 38 years. The Union is a captivating and exhilarating real-life experience of musical creation and generosity.”

The Union had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City back in April.

Sir Elton won a Tony Award in 2000 for Best Original Musical Score on Aida. He has also been nominated for his work on The Lion King and Billy Elliot.

Three out of four Australians believe gay marriage will soon be a reality


Three out of four Australians believe same-sex marriage will be made legal in their country, a poll showed Wednesday, prompting gay activists to renew their fight to be able to marry.

The Galaxy poll, commissioned by lobby group Australian Marriage Equality and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, questioned 1,052 adults on the subject of gay marriage.

The pollsters said: “Three in four of Australians say that it is inevitable that eventually the law will change in Australia to allow same-sex couples to marry.”

National convener of Australian Marriage Equality, Alex Greenwich, said most Australians already supported gay marriage, and that this confirmed the public’s growing acceptance of reform.

Mr Greenwich told AFP: “Australians have had the discussion, they have had the conversation, and they are either supportive of it or have accepted that it will happen.”

He added that support for gay marriage had soared over the last ten years, now standing at around 62 per cent according to a 2010 Galaxy poll, compared with a 30 per cent support level in 2004.

Gay marriage is currently banned in Australia and opposed by both major political parties. But in November lawmakers agreed to consult the public over the issue, which was a key point during last year’s elections.

The left-wing Green Party, a significant partner in Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s minority coalition government, have requested a conscience vote on the issue, insisting there is wide public support for a change to the marriage laws.

Ms Gillard, who is herself unmarried but has a partner, has repeatedly said that she believes marriage should be between a man and a woman.

 
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