1. Even though current research indicates that sexual orientation is fixed and unchangeable, some¬†still insist¬†that homosexuals could change if they wanted to. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Could you change your sexual orientation on demand? ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Would you want to?¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Why or why not? 2. Many people assume that homosexuality is a choice, and that gay people have made the decision¬†to be gay. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- If you assume that homosexuality is a matter of choice, do you assume that heterosexuality¬†is a matter
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†of choice also? ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- When did you choose your sexual orientation?
3. Suppose for a minute that sexual orientation is a simple matter of choice (which it does not appear to be): ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Does that mean that gays and lesbians are less deserving of civil rights protection? ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Before you answer, consider the following: ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Religious affiliation is a choice in our country, yet our government provides¬†protection from
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†discrimination on the basis of this personal decision. 4. Currently, our government does not provide gays and lesbians with the benefits of marriage, or¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬†protection from discrimination in employment and housing. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Should gays and lesbians pay taxes to a government that fails to provide them with basic¬†civil rights
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†protection? ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Why should gays and lesbians pay into funds that provide special rights and benefits for¬†heterosexuals
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†and their partners, but does little to benefit homosexuals and their loved ones? 5. Would you turn down a life saving organ donation, if the donor was gay or lesbian? 6. Does it seem fair that a heterosexual couple married for one hour has more legal rights and responsibilities toward each other than a same-sex couple that has been together for 25 years? 7. If your child were gay: ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Would you love him/her any less? ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Would you want your child to grow up and live in a society that refused to accept him/her, and¬†grant
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†him/her equal rights? ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Would you want people to make assumptions about your child based on stereotypes and myths,
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†or¬†would you want people to judge your child based on logic, fact and personal merit?¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Would you believe your child was less deserving of basic civil rights, the freedom to spend his/her¬†life
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†with the person they love, and the benefits of legal marriage? 8. If your neighbor or co-worker were gay: ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- How would his/her sexual orientation affect you?¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Would granting him/her equal rights, infringe upon your rights? How? 9. Currently, gay and lesbian couples are denied the benefits of a legal marriage, while heterosexual¬†couples¬† continue to reap the benefits of a legal union. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Who has special rights now? ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Would granting gays and lesbians the right to marry interfere with anyone else's right to marry?¬†How? ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- How would it affect the benefits heterosexual couples currently enjoy?¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Would granting gays the right to marry affect your marriage?¬† How? 10. A common misconception is that gays and lesbians molest children at a far higher rate than¬†heterosexuals.¬† This myth has long been used to prevent gay men and lesbians from working with children. In truth, most children who are molested, are molested by heterosexual men. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Why don't we use the same logic that has previously, and is still applied to gay men and lesbians, to
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†restrict heterosexual men from teaching, leading scout troops, or working in¬†any field where they may ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†be in close contact with children? 11. If the true intention of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is to protect the sanctity of marriage then... ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Why not outlaw, or limit the number of divorces one person is allowed to have? ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The divorce rate in our country hovers around 50%.¬†Divorce poses a real threat to the sanctity of ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†marriage, yet DOMA does not address this issue. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Why? ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Consider the fact that so many of DOMA's supporters have been divorced, many of them¬†more
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†than once? ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Can they be trusted to understand the sanctity of marriage? ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Are they really concerned about protecting the sanctity of marriage, or are they more concerned¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†with protecting their heterosexist views? 12. Why do so many people consider AIDS/HIV to be a gay disease when: ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- The World Health Organization reports that heterosexual contact is responsible for over 70%¬†of
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†all AIDS/HIV cases world wide? ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- According to CDC statistics (July, 1997) heterosexual sex is the fastest growing mode of transmission
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†for HIV in the United States - growing at a rate of 15 to 20 percent a year, compared to 5 percent for
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†intravenous drug users and 5 percent for male homosexuals. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†- Lesbians remain the least likely group of people to acquire HIV through sexual contact.
¬©1996-1998 C. Ann Shepherd - Taken from: "Homosexuality: Common Questions & Statements Addressed"