(CNSNews.com) – By proclamation of President Barack Obama, June is “Gay Pride Month, but not everyone is celebrating.
Leaders of several pro-family, traditional marriage, and Christian groups gathered outside the headquarters of the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to explain what’s wrong with “gay pride.”
“Homosexuality is nothing to be proud of, but overcoming it is,” read a banner displayed at the news conference, which was organized by the group Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.
One of the speakers discussed a planned lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service.
The National Organization for Marriage accuses the IRS of leaking its 2008 tax return to the Human Rights Campaign, which is the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights advocacy group in the United States and a proponent of same-sex marriage.
The NOM tax return included the identity of dozens of major donors.
“We are demanding that an investigation take place to look into the dealings between Human Rights Campaign and Internal Revenue Service, in illegally releasing tax returns from the National Organization of Marriage to the Human Rights Campaign,” Matt Barber, attorney and vice president of Liberty Counsel Action, said at Tuesday’s press conference.
“We want to know who was working on the inside with the Human Rights Campaign, who was working on the inside of the IRS to conspire, to target, the National Organization for Marriage, disclosing a number of donors illegally and stealing these confidential IRS documents,” Barber said. “So the Human rights campaign needs to come straight, if you will, on these issues and release the information as to who they are dealing with in the IRS.”
NOM Chairman John Eastman testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday that a copy of his group’s tax return posted on the HRC’s website originated at the IRS. “You can imagine our shock and disgust over this,” Eastman told the committee. “These are felonies that were committed against the National Organization for Marriage.” Eastman said efforts to find out who leaked the confidential information to the HRC have been stonewalled by the IRS, the Treasury inspector general, and the Justice Department.
Justice Department 'inclusion'
Conservative leaders speaking outside the HRC on Tuesday accused the Obama administration and “radical” homosexual advocacy groups of creating an environment of fear and intimidation for the “traditional” majority.
Barber cited a brochure on “LGBT inclusion” given to all Justice Department employees.
Produced by DOJ employees, the brochure lists the “dos and don’ts” of proper behavior:
“DON’T assume all employees are (or a particular employee is) heterosexual,” the brochure says.
“DO use inclusive words like “partner,” “significant other” or “spouse” rather than gender-specific terms like “husband” and “wife” (for example, in invitations to office parties or when asking a new employee about his/her home life).”
The brochure urges DOJ employees to avoid derogatory terms such as "tranny," “sexual preference,” and “gay lifestyle.” And it urges employees to “display a symbol in your office (DOJ Pride sticker, copy of this brochure, etc.) indicating that it is a ‘safe space.’”
And if a fellow employee “comes out” to you -- “Don’t judge or remain silent. Silence will be interpreted as disapproval.”
Barber called the brochure chilling, noting that people who adhere to traditional moral and religious views are being forced to affirm lifestyles that they believe are immoral and self-destructive. “So this Obama administration in concert with the radical organizations, like the Human Rights Campaign, are creating a climate of fear and intimidation for people who recognize Biblical sexual morality.”
Peter LaBarbera, head of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, said, "Our bottom line here today at the beginning of so-called 'Gay Pride' month, as the banner says, is not about 'hate' but that homosexuality is nothing to be proud of -- but overcoming it is. The deviant sexual revolution represented by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) headquarters behind us is built on a foundation of lies."
LaBarbera then noted two of the "founding fathers" of the homosexual revolution, Alfred Kinsey and Harry Hay. Kinsey helped launch the sexual revolution but his so-called research was largely discredited after it was confirmed that he gathered a lot of his data from select samples, including criminal pedophiles. Hay was an early advocate for the North American Man/Boy Love Association.
Linda Harvey, founder of Mission America and host of Mission America Radio, said groups like HRC are trying to create the impression, even among young children, that two men or two women as the heads of families are no different than any other type of family, and that dissenting views are hateful.
She pointed to HRC’s “Welcoming Schools” program, which emphasizes “family diversity.”
“The lessons of the Welcoming Schools Program urge little children to be willing to call their confused fellow students—7, 8, or 9 year-old little boys by girls’ names if they wish and to allow them to use the girls’ restrooms, and there’s supposed to be nothing wrong with this. We’re not supposed to blink an eye. Girls should be ushered into the boys’ restrooms and change their names also if they wish, and this is all OK, and it’s OK for the teachers, and it’s OK for the parents; and it’s all done in the name of anti-bullying.”
The HRC’s Maureen McCarty responded to Harvey in a blog posted on the Human Rights Campaign website:
“Today’s group purported to speak in defense of children, yet lacks the self-awareness to understand the extent of the harm their hate-speech inflicts on children. Their anti-LGBT vitriol creates a toxic environment that can make LGBT youth feel they aren’t worth the same dignity that all Americans deserve,” McCarty wrote.
Diane Gramley, president of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania, presented statistics about the rate of sexually transmitted diseases in homosexual men. She also mentioned the HRC’s efforts to end the ban on homosexuals donating blood.
“The HRC has sought to place the entire nation at risk by asking for that ban to be lifted,” Gramley said.
Male homosexual activity is responsible for the majority of new HIV infections and it puts men at increased risk for syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in 2010, its latest reporting period, 81 percent of HIV infections among men were a result of male homosexual contact. And of the approximately 48,000 new HIV cases identified in the U.S. in 2010, teens and young adults accounted for 12,000.
“Those numbers are nothing of which to be proud of,” Gramley said. “We have to remember that those statistics represent individuals. It’s not just a bunch of numbers, but it’s individuals who have been affected by this.”
Gramley noted that even the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association warms of the high prevalence of STDs in the LGBT community.
However, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary Health and Human Services, announced the department’s support of LGBT Pride month in a June 3 press release. She also discussed the benefits the LGBT community will experience under the Affordable Care Act in 2014 and mentioned that a sexual orientation question will be added to the National Health Interview Survey.
“Starting in 2014, insurers cannot deny coverage or charge higher rates based on a pre-existing condition or because an individual is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender,” Sebelius said.
“Insurers can no longer impose lifetime dollar limits on health insurance coverage, and annual limits will be phased out in 2014. This is particularly important for people with cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other chronic diseases requiring comprehensive, long-term care,” she added.
LaBarbera further said, "Today, with the help of the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center, the Big Lie of the moment is mislabeling opponents of the homosexual agenda as 'haters.' Disagreement is not hate. Truth is pushed aside as all that seems to matter is the normalizing of homosexuality, as the liberal media toe the line."
"But every homosexual victory is a Pyrrhic victory, for God is not mocked," said LaBarbera. "Nations that embrace sexual immorality and devalue marriage inevitably decline. And, as Diane Gramley will show today, Nature itself discriminates against homosexual behavior -- no matter how many press releases HRC pupms out. Abberant, sinful behavior is often unhealthy."