Anti-gay group charges homosexuality as fatal as drugs, smoking

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A right-wing group, declaring that September is “Protecting Marriage Month,” claims that homosexuality is more threatening than climate change and warns of second-hand health risks.

The Center for Marriage Policy’s literature was distributed by some Christian right activists outside the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., last week.

Many dismissed the material as nutty or laughable, or both.

“This is spooky, kooky stuff,” said Charlotte resident Hal Turner, who was demonstrating outside the Time Warner Cable Arena for environmental reforms. “This is too extreme for even the Republican Party.”

Steve Hinkley, who was outside the convention protesting the proposed Keystone Pipeline, laughed at the literature. “For some reason I assumed everybody here would be on the left,” he said.

The right-wing center, in a flyer circulated on the streets of Uptown Charlotte, said, “Public policy must discourage promiscuity and homosexuality for the same reasons we discourage drug abuse and smoke.”

The group advocates criminalizing homosexuality in the United States, blames LGBT people for sexually-transmitted diseases, maintains bisexuals are the majority in the LGBT movement and argues that homosexuality is promoted in schools to the point that “it is considered an act of hate to question or oppose sexual perversion.”

A paper released for the group’s Protecting Marriage Month campaign says, “Why do we teach homosexuality in our schools while strongly encouraging our children not to use drugs or smoke? Fatality data indicates that promiscuity and homosexuality are at least as dangerous to health and life as smoking or drugs.”

The center’s David R. Usher and Cynthia L. Davis go on to write, “We can no longer give homosexuality a free pass because the grave healthcare burden it imposes on the rest of us. The taxpayers cannot ‘leave the room’ to avoid being harmed.”

The center was founded about a year ago with an endorsement from Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the anti-feminist Eagle Forum.