Former Homosexual Weds, Jabs Clinton Policy
(CNS) - President Bill Clinton and his proclamation of June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month in America are being repudiated by a former homosexual who stopped practicing homosexuality and recently married a 30-year old woman.
The president and his proclamation are also being refuted by a Washington, D.C. group, which is calling the June 12 marriage of Jim and Sarah Hanes a "dose of truth," about homosexuality.
The head of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality said the Hanes wedding also debunks theories that some people must be homosexual, either through genetics or other factors.
AFTAH President Peter LaBarbera said the Hanes wedding "undermines the core of (the homosexual lobby's) ideology that homosexual conduct is natural and therefore acceptable. It subverts their big lie."
Some homosexual advocates have attempted to turn the public debate over their sexuality into a discussion of civil rights, claiming the behavior is unavoidable, much as a person is born a particular race.
In proclaiming June to be Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, Clinton sounded themes virtually identical to those of some in the homosexual movement. The presidential proclamation, signed the day before Hanes wedding, touted the administration's actions to "end discrimination against gays and lesbians and ensure that they have the same rights guaranteed to their fellow Americans."
But LaBarbera said the Hanes wedding shows that homosexuality is a matter of conduct that should not be eligible for special rights under law. "People are responsible for their own behavior," LaBarbera told CNSNews.com. "We've kind of gotten away from that, with gay activists implying that there's some sort of pre-destined compulsion to engage in perverse sexuality."
While the story of Hanes, his repudiation of homosexuality and his marriage to a woman may not be a widely reported event, LaBarbera said it's not uncommon for people to cease homosexual conduct and live as heterosexuals. "With the help of God, people can change," LaBarbera said. "He's not the only one. We've seen countless examples."
Hanes said he lived the homosexual lifestyle for four years before learning that it was possible for him to do otherwise, at which point he changed his lifestyle, subsequently meeting and marrying "an incredibly beautiful woman."
An early supporter of the president who attended numerous Clinton inaugural celebration events in 1993, Hanes now believes that Clinton's June 11 proclamation is damaging to the nation, particularly children.
Hanes said that homosexual advocates and Clinton's proclamation "are giving widespread acceptance to a whole generation of young people that are now going to be faced with making a decision about their sexuality way before they're capable."
"President Clinton is making a mockery of the moral values this country was built on," Hanes told CNSNews.com. "God has ordained the sacrament of marriage for a specific reason; to be between a man and a woman. President Clinton has already made a mockery of that in his own life. Now, he's even further perverting that."
One of the greatest dangers Hanes sees in the homosexual agenda is the impact it can have on children who don't live in families headed by a mother and father. "I think it will be a disaster," said Hanes. "It's not going to be a stable family life. This real pretty stained glass picture that homosexuals paint of their lifestyle being so normal is just that, it's a picture. It's a facade."
Although Hanes said he doesn't dispute the notion that a homosexual couple can genuinely love a child, he said that raising children in such an environment poses considerable risks. "You're going to be giving an innocent child into the hands of two homosexual men who may indeed love that child, I'm not doubting that, but it is not a healthy relationship for them," Hanes told CNSNews.com.
Not everyone finds Hanes' decision to stop living the homosexual lifestyle extraordinary, including Gary Buseck, executive director of Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, a Boston-based legal organization that works on court cases involving homosexuality.
"There are plenty of gay men and lesbians who were happily married and it took them a long time to realize that that really wasn't who they were," Buseck told CNSNews.com. "I'm not an expert. I suspect that if people (change sexual behavior) and are happy, that seems to be a good thing for them."
Buseck said he doesn't think the fact that Hanes and others have changed from living a homosexual lifestyle undercuts the civil rights arguments advanced by organizations like GLAD.
"We don't think people should be discriminated against on the basis of their religion. We write that into our laws," said Buseck. "But religion isn't also ingrained either. People do convert and change religions. Nobody thinks that we should be able to discriminate against, say Unitarians. A Unitarian tomorrow could decide to convert to Southern Baptist."
Americans have a specific constitutional protection regarding the practice of religion, as detailed in the 1st Amendment. However, the Constitution makes no reference to rights predicated on sexual preference.
Hanes said that he never encountered any discrimination while living a homosexual lifestyle, and that he considers homosexuality and marriage in moral rather than legal terms. "Seeing my wife walking down the aisle, I realized how special this is, a marriage between a man and a woman," said Hanes, who views the issue as one that transcends his own wedding.
"President Clinton is trying to break down, is trying to destroy that institution for a whole generation of kids growing up, and I'm really fearful for the kids that are coming up in the next generation because we're going to see an even more widespread acceptance of homosexuality and we are going to see even further problems coming from it," Hanes said.