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WA Family Policy Institute promotes claim that gay parents molest their children, turn kids gay

CARLOS MAZA | Equality Matters
Monday, February 6, 2012

One of the most prominent anti-gay groups currently working to defeat proposed marriage equality legislation in the state of Washington is the Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW). Led by Joseph Backholm, FPIW has played a central role in organizing anti-gay efforts in the state over the past several years, including opposing efforts in 2009 to expand domestic partnerships to include same-sex couples.

Last week, Backholm testified before a Washington Senate sub-committee, urging senators to put the issue of marriage equality to a referendum and have voters to decide if “moms and dads do matter.”

Although FPIW presents itself as a typical “pro-family” organization, the group openly promotes anti-gay propaganda has ties to some of the country’s most notorious anti-gay hate groups.

On its website, FPIW offers visitors a number of “Marriage Legislation Resources” explaining “why you should care” about the threat posed by marriage equality. The page links to a number of documents containing typical anti-equality talking points, including a list of classic horror stories about gay marriage and religious liberty.

Also included in the “Resources” page is an article by George Dent – Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University – titled “No Difference?: An Analysis Of Same-Sex Parenting.” The article contains a number of anti-gay smears, including the myth that homosexuals molest children at higher rates than heterosexuals:

The claim that living with a same-sex couple does not affect a child’s sexuality is implausible. “It would be surprising indeed if . . . children’s own sexual identities were unaffected by the sexual identities of their parents.” Even young children may sense, or be told by others, that their guardians are unusual–queer–thereby initiating their sexualization at an unusually early age.There is evidence that children raised by homosexuals are more likely to engage in homosexuality and to feel confused about their sexual identity. [...]

Further, “gay men tend to be even more preoccupied than most straight women with their bodies, physical attractiveness, attire, adornment and self-presentation.” They may choose to marry only when they no longer feel attractive enough for the promiscuity of the homosexual “meat market.” [...]

Due in part to promiscuity, homosexuals have high rates of disease. Gay men became more cautious about sex after the onset of AIDs, but infection rates soon rebounded to their former levels.Gay men also suffer disproportionately from many other diseases. The tendency of male homosexual acts to spread disease may help explain the revulsion many people feel about them. Lesbians also suffer high rates of certain diseases and drug abuse. Homosexuals also have higher rates of suicide, mental illness, and drug and substance abuse. Although many homosexuals brag about the absence of gender discrimination in their relationships, those relationships are often abusive. [...]

A child whose mother lives with a man other than his biological father is more likely to be abused by that man than a child living with his biological father is likely to be abused by him. Every child raised by a gay male couple has at least one unrelated male adult in the home. There is no reason to think that such a child will fare better than a child living with an unrelated heterosexual male.The high rates of child sex abuse among homosexuals and bisexuals are also a cause for concern. At the least, given the uncertain effects of homosexual parenting, the children raised by homosexual couples are being treated as guinea pigs, which is troubling. (Emphasis added, citations removed for clarity.)

Unsurprisingly, FPIW’s website also guides readers to the websites of a number of anti-gay hate groups – many of which promote similar anti-gay propaganda – including the Family Research Council and American Family Association.

FPIW has already pledged to launch a campaign for a referendum to repeal the marriage equality law if it passes. If FPIW follows through, voters should be aware of the kind of extreme, fringe anti-LGBT animus that motivates the groups “protect marriage” rhetoric.

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29 more reader comments:

  1. These people are nuts. Anyone who listens to them is just as crazy.

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 11:41am
  2. WOT EVER !!- more evidence of ‘gay bashing’ me think’s….

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 11:43am
  3. LOL.Dumbasses.

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 11:44am
  4. That’s like saying very male parent molest their daughters.

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 11:44am
  5. Why isn’t the pro-civil rights side lambasting these heinous lies?

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 11:46am
  6. and why isn’t the pro-civil rights side announcing the fact that the FPIW is just another HATE GROUP and subsidiary of the American Family Association AN SPLC CERTIFIED HATE GROUP?

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 11:48am
  7. Humans are disgusting. All hateful, ignorant humans should be sent to a remote island and left with nothing but the clothes on there back

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 11:51am
  8. Hateful comments
    Just so wrong.
    Are they. Tax Exempt?
    Spreading Hate.

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 11:56am
  9. Sure wish there was a DISLIKE button for groups like that.

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 11:57am
  10. Would be interested in seeing any sources for their information……just what I thought, it doesn’t exist.

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 11:59am
  11. I laugh in disgust. Plus, isnt it that the people that scream the loudest about this stuff r usually to ones doing the crime. Hmmmmmm.

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 12:03pm
  12. Stupid ppl.

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 12:06pm
  13. Did they not say that the members of the Washington Family Policy Group frequently molest their own children? Just want to make the lie in the right order.

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 12:10pm
    -Oh wait, we do too?
    -Oh wait, we do that TOO?

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 12:12pm
  15. *Mock* Okay… My parents are straight, so why am I pansexual? There ya go! PROOF THE ORIENTATION OF THE PARENTS DOES NOTHING.

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 12:14pm
  16. This is just ridiculous!

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 12:20pm
  17. How f’ing stupid is that???!! What about the Priests, school teachers, etc. that have molested kids over the years!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 12:28pm
  18. what is truely sad is that the only people sick and twisted enough to make this shit up are self- hating closet cases. u know damn well these folks has Craigslist M4M apps on their phones

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 12:28pm
  19. more inane stupidity from The Pillars of Virtue…what a bunch of brainless intvertebates…Goddamned losers

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 12:32pm
  20. So how in the heck did I turn out gay? My parents were both heterosexuals! Uh-oh, big @$$ hole in that theory. Perhaps the WA Family Policy Institute could step forward and fall through that hole!!

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 12:37pm
  21. closed minded people. it makez me sik they are only scared of that which they do not know….it started with skin colour and Race, now itz us….one day these kinds of people will open their eyes and realize we are just ur average human too ….. Sad!

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 1:14pm
  22. WA Family Institute should be arrested for slander and defamation and for misleading the world.

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 1:36pm
  23. Since when does getting married make you a parent?

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 1:45pm
  24. So straight parents molest their children and they become straight. Morons

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 3:11pm
  25. I think Dateline NBC is already showing who molest children,STRAIGHT MEN!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 4:10pm
  26. Pieces of shit is what they are.

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 4:48pm
  27. Yeah, that makes perfect sense. Just like anyone who is bi or pan is CLEARLY a result of both of their opposite-sex parents molesting them. And, just like anyone who is trans is OBVIOUSLY a result of their parents making them look at the colors pink or blue too often. Do these people even have the faintest concept of what logic is?

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 5:36pm
  28. What a load of crap!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 5:59pm
  29. Ok…so gay parents molest straight kids or gay kids? And how many straight parents give birth to gay children vs how many gay parents give birth to straight or gay children?? This is so absolutely stupid, I’m almost silenced. Molestation, horrible as it is, doesn’t turn kids gay…it does however scar them for life. More children are molested by straight adults than gay. The GLTB community needs to stand up to these lies and be more vocal about their disagreement with their lies…

    Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 6:04pm