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NEWS — Traditional marriage group praises Spectrum doc accused by lesbian couple

June 22, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sun., June 22, 2008
CONTACT: Gary Glenn 989-835-7978

Women complain doctor told them marriage
is only between one man, one woman

Traditional marriage group praises Spectrum doc for
telling lesbian couple the truth, spiritually and legally

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The American Family Association of Michigan Sunday praised a west Michigan doctor accused by a lesbian couple of so-called “discrimination” by telling them during a recent office visit that marriage consists only of a spiritual and legal union of one man and one woman.

The Triangle Foundation, a Detroit-based homosexual activist group that supports radically redefining marriage in Michigan to include homosexual couples, ramped up the rhetoric this weekend by accusing the physician — an as yet unnamed employee of Spectrum Health South Pavilion Urgent Care Center in Grand Rapids — of “spiritual violence” against the lesbian couple, who say they were “married” during the last two years in Canada, where marriage has already been redefined by activist judges.

(See “Same-sex couple complain about Spectrum doctor’s comments,” Grand Rapids Press:…)

AFA-Michigan President Gary Glenn, Midland, noted that Michigan voters in 2004 overwhelmingly approved a Marriage Protection Amendment to the state constitution, which he co-authored.

“First, we commend the physician for telling these two women the simple truth, that under God’s law as well as the laws and constitution of the state of Michigan, marriage is in fact only between one man and one woman, regardless of what activist judges in some other country or state have to say about it,” Glenn said.

“Second, we urge Spectrum and the Grand Rapids area news media not to play along with homosexual activists’ obviously manufactured melodrama and political propaganda ploy,” Glenn said.

“A doctor dared express his opinion to two adult women who were and are completely free to disagree with him, and free to simply tell him so,” Glenn said. “Instead, they’re collaborating with a homosexual activist group trying to manufacture yet another melodrama of hurt feelings and alleged ‘discrimination’ to portray individuals who engage in homosexual behavior as ‘victims’ in the news media, in hopes of winning public sympathy for their aggressive agenda to legalize so-called homosexual ‘marriage’ in Michigan.”

“Third, it would be unprofessional for a physician not to question a homosexual couple about their lifestyle given the seriously increased personal and public health risks associated with homosexual behavior,” Glenn said. “In response, a truly compassionate doctor, or Christian, or community that truly cares about the health and well-being of others will discourage rather than enable or affirm medically harmful and self-destructive behavior.”

He cited multiple medical studies indicating increased health risks among women who have sex with other women:

* Homosexual women are more than twice as likely as women involved in normal heterosexual activity to be overweight or obese, which puts them at greater risk for obesity-related health problems and death from diabetes, heart disease, and other ailments, according to study of almost 6,000 women by Boston University School of Public Health published last year in the American Journal of Public Health.…

* Homosexual women have “a significantly higher prevalence of bacterial vaginosis (associated with pelvic inflammatory disease), hepatitis C, and HIV risk behaviors compared to” normal heterosexual women, according to a study of 1,408 lesbian and bisexual women by the Sexual Health Unit at Alice Springs Hospital in Australia, published in the October 2003 issue of the Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. The same study found higher rates of “high-risk behaviors, including drug use,” smoking tobacco, and that “hepatitis B was also more common” among lesbian women.

* “Lesbians and bisexual women are more promiscuous than straight women,” being four times more likely than heterosexual women to report having had “more than 50 sex partners” in their lifetimes, “six times more likely to inject drugs, and…significantly more at risk from hepatitis B and C,” according to the Australian study, as reported by The Guardian, a mainstream secular newspaper in London.

* The Medical Institute of Sexual Health reported that “women who have sex with women are at significantly increased risk of bacterial vaginosis, breast cancer and ovarian cancer than are heterosexual women.” MISH also found “significantly higher percentages of homosexual men and women abuse drugs, alcohol and tobacco than do heterosexuals.” (Medical Institute of Sexual Health:, Executive Summary, “Health Implications Associated with Homosexuality,” 1999)

* The National LGBT Cancer Network reports: “The U.S. government listed (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender) people as one of six population groups experiencing health disparities in this country, meaning that the burden of disease is not evenly distributed, but falls most heavily on these groups. In fact, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that LGBT people have a substantially greater risk of developing cancer than the general population.”

* Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), a cancer victim research and advocacy group, reports: “(T)here is a body of evidence suggesting that lesbians have a dense cluster of risk factors, significantly raising their risk of developing breast, ovarian and other cancers. Research shows, for example, that lesbians have higher rates of obesity and lower rates of childbearing before age 30, increasing the risks for both breast and ovarian cancer.”

* “(T)he National Cancer Institute announced that lesbians have a two- to threefold higher lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. Suzanne Haynes, an epidemiologist and former chief of the health education section of the National Cancer Institute, took known risk factors and looked to see if they occurred more among lesbians and found that they did. It was partly bad habits—overweight lesbians drinking and smoking too much—and partly science: Interruptions of the body’s estrogen production, which can be brought about by bearing children or taking the pill, are believed to decrease the risk of cervical and breast cancer.”,hunter,71342,24.html

* Compared to heterosexual women, females who engage in homosexual behavior are four times more likely to have suffered a substance use disorder, 2.4 times more likely to have suffered mood disorders, and twice as likely to have suffered two or more mental disorders during their lifetimes, according to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2001. “The findings support the assumption that people with same-sex sexual behavior are at greater risk for psychiatric disorders,” the study reported.

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