NOM Promotes Column Claiming Homosexuality Is Unhealthy, It Doesn’t Get Better
October 24, 2011 1:30 pm ET by Carlos Maza
Last week, Brian Raum of the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) penned a column in which he criticized marriage equality by relying on a number of typical conservative talking points: gay people don’t really want to get married, gay marriage undermines religious liberty, etc.
Near the end of his column, though, Raum turns his sights away from gay marriage and towards homosexuality itself, writing:
We should not turn a blind eye to the physical and mental harms that people engaged in homosexual conduct bring upon themselves by chalking those harms up to “stigma, discrimination, and victimization”—demanding more health studies and changes to the medical system—rather than dare ask people to reconsider the path they are travelling down. Instead, we tell them “it gets better” when, in fact, it does not. [emphasis added]
Raum’s comments are pretty extreme. Calling homosexuality an unhealthy lifestyle, implying that people can choose to stop “travelling down” the path of being gay, and specifically condemning the “It Gets Better” Project – which was created in order to combat LGBT youth suicide – is the kind of rhetoric one would expect from an anti-gay hate group.
It’s no surprise then, that the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) aggressively promoted Raum’s column. On Thursday, NOM’s Ruth Institute re-posted an excerpt of the piece. Two days later, NOM promoted the article on its own blog, adding:
[Raum] explains the many reasons to doubt same-sex marriage will ultimately become the law of the line, including (for instance) the ambivalence of gays to entering marriage in states that have redefined it.
As over-the-top as Raum’s comments are, they’re nothing new for NOM. The organization has already criticized the “It Gets Better” Project for “aggressively promot[ing] deviant sex,” promoted the claim that homosexuality will “end your life prematurely,” and has a long history of defending the practice of “ex-gay” therapy.
Read in context, Raum’s extremism fits right in with NOM’s ongoing effort to depict gay people as having chosen to live an unhealthy and unstable lifestyle.