Thursday, December 15, 2005

How unhealthy the 'heterosexual lifestyle' is

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I found this great letter to the editor on the blog of Bill and Kent. If we are going to take statistics and twist them to demonize the 'homosexual lifestyle' the same can be done for the 'heterosexual lifestyle'. From The Sun-Sentinel:
Compare gay stats to heterosexuals' Autumn Sandeen, San Diego Posted December 5 2005 Re the letter, "Facts to add about homosexuals" (Nov. 28): If we're going to generalize that folks who live a "homosexual lifestyle" face many ills, we'll need to discuss the ills of the "heterosexual lifestyle." For example, the U.S. birth rate for teenagers in 1997 was 52.3 live births per 1,000 women age 15 to 19. Teen pregnancy is a heterosexual problem. Also, in America, 54 percent of new HIV/AIDS infections are among heterosexuals. This isn't even addressing that the incidence rates for sexually transmitted diseases chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea and human papilloma virus -- within the entire adolescent population in the United States have increased dramatically in the past decade. For example, 40 percent to 50 percent of all sexually active females have had a previous HPV infection, now known to account for most cases of cervical cancer. Lastly, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the 2003 marriage rate in the United States was 7.5 per 1,000 total population, and the divorce rate 3.8 per 1,000 population. This apparent 50.7 percent divorce rate is a heterosexual problem. So to follow logic similar to the letter, students should be educated that heterosexuals aren't necessarily "bad" people, but that the "heterosexual lifestyle" is bad for people.
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While I certainly get the point on the rest of it, the high divorce rate is not reserved for heterosexuals.

Of the scores of what I just knew were committed-for-life gay or lesbian couples I have known and loved over the years, I am positive their 'divorce rate' is at least as high as that of heterosexual couples. Perhaps higher.
While I'll cede to your point about break ups between gay couples... too bad we will never know about those particular statistics unless the government starts to treat all of its citizens equally, as in legally recognizing those relationships between same-sex couples.