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NOM Touts ‘Gays Are Pedophiles’ Author, Claims Marriage Equality Will Make Kids Gay

March 05, 2012 3:04 pm ET by Carlos Maza

In a March 3rd blog post, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) promoted a column headlined: “Love Isn’t Enough: 5 Reasons Why Same-Sex Marriage Will Harm Children.” The column – originally published in 2007 –was written by Dr. Trayce Hansen, whom NOM described as “a licensed psychologist with a clinical and forensic practice.”

Hansen’s five reasons are, unsurprisingly, riddled with anti-gay talking points that have been widely discredited by mainstream medical organizations, including the harmful myths that children of same-sex parents face developmental problems and are more likely to identify as gay:

A father teaches a boy how to properly channel his aggressive and sexual drives. A mother can’t show a son how to control his impulses because she’s not a man and doesn’t have the same urges as one. A father also commands a form of respect from a boy that a mother doesn’t––a respect more likely to keep the boy in line. And those are the two primary reasons why boys without fathers are more likely to become delinquent and end up incarcerated. 


Fourth, same-sex marriage will increase sexual confusion and sexual experimentation by young people. The implicit and explicit message of same-sex marriage is that all choices are equally acceptable and desirable. So, even children from traditional homes—influenced by the all-sexual-options-are-equal message—will grow up thinking it doesn’t matter whom one relates to sexually or marries. Holding such a belief will lead some—if not many—impressionable young people to consider sexual and marital arrangements they never would have contemplated previously. And children from homosexual families, who are already more likely to experiment sexually, would do so to an even greater extent, because not only was non-traditional sexuality role-modeled by their parents, it was also approved by their society. [emphasis added]

This kind of anti-gay propaganda should be expected coming from Dr. Hansen. She’s a member of the American College of Pediatricians, a right-wing, anti-gay organization notorious for misrepresenting and misusing research to demonize LGBT people. In 2009, she testified in defense of an “ex-lesbian” who was trying to deny her former partner access to their children, but her testimony was roundly dismissed for being unqualified: 

Dr. Hansen never had been qualified as an expert witness by any court. Dr. Hansen never had been retained by any party as an expert witness. Dr. Hansen's psychology practice involved geriatric patients. Dr. Hansen conceded that she currently did not work with children and had fewer than four years of professional experience after earning her Ph.D. She had worked as a research assistant and had published one article in the journal Personality Assessment in a forensic-type situation. [emphasis added] 

Hansen has written multiple articles arguing that marriage equality “will increase the prevalence of homosexuality” and claimed that LGBT-inclusive curricula encourage children to engage in destructive and unhealthy behavior.

Commenting on instances of sex abuse in the Catholic Church, she criticized journalists for referring to priests as “pedophiles” instead of “predatory homosexuals”:

First, according to most published estimates, between 25% and 50% of priests are homosexual. This figure stands in stark, statistical contrast to the fact that only about 3% to 5% of the general population is homosexual. Homosexuals, therefore, disproportionately fill the ranks of the priesthood. Second, approximately 85% to 95% of the known sexual abuse perpetrated by priests was against teenage boys. Since one would statistically predict only 25% to 50% of the priest molestation cases to be homosexual—based on their percentages in the total priest population—one is struck by the fact that these homosexual priests are molesting in much higher percentages than one would expect, and thus in much higher percentages than their heterosexual priest counterparts.

Male homosexuals with whom I’ve spoken are not surprised by these percentages and have frankly acknowledged that a significant number of gay men, priests or not, do seek out teenage boys as “sex partners”—these men are known in the homosexual community by various monikers such as “chicken-hawks.”


It appears that many journalists intentionally use the word pedophile because it is nonspecific as to sexual preference and thus conceals the fact that a disproportionately high number of the predatory priests are homosexual. These journalists—who tend to lean socially and politically leftward—want to obscure this fact because it would be detrimental to the homosexual agenda which has long contended that homosexuals are no more likely to molest minors than heterosexuals—a claim not true in this instance. And since most journalists would rather help than harm the homosexual agenda, they engage in this obfuscation. [emphasis added]

NOM, of course, failed to mention any of Hansen’s anti-gay extremism and history of peddling pseudoscience when introducing the “licensed psychiatrist.” As long as an author agrees to promote NOM’s anti-gay talking points, his or her total lack of credibility is unimportant.


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