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January 24, 2005

Posted 1:00 AM Eastern

John Lim [R], representative from Gresham, Oregon, has introduced House bill 2401 in Oregon's State Legislature (search) which has already angered at least one pro homosexual group. The bill says in part:

"Requires Department of Human Services, Oregon licensed adoption agency or approved child-caring agency of this state that may consent to adoption of child to give preference to prospective adoptive parents who are married over those who are unmarried or same-sex partners."

Already, Basic Rights Oregon has made known its intention to fight this new bill. Basic Rights Oregon advocates sodomy and same sex marriage. One of their upcoming events being promoted is the 2005 Oregon Youth Queer Conference (OCYC) scheduled for February 19, 2005 billed as "Getting past the stereotypes from gutter punks to Republicans." (search)

In response to charges that this bill is discriminating against homosexuals or lesbians, Lim stated, "I'm considering what the best interest of the child or children and the chance is that they will have a better opportunity to grow up under the circumstances of mom and dad."

Rebekah Kassell of Basic Rights Oregon disagreed, stating in her opinion there is no evidence to support such a position that children are better off with a mother and father of the opposite sex stating, "There is no way to square this type of legislation with the overwhelming body of research that says same sex parents make as qualified of parents as straight parents," Kassell said. She also alleges that the bill exposes a much larger agenda to "to diminish or limit the ability of same sex parents or partners to be parents."

Lorraine Walter of Grants Pass, Oregon, who is in favor of this bill, says, "For centuries we have known that marriage between a man and a woman was the best environment to raise our children. Last year the voters of this state passed Measure 36 which bans same sex marriage. The people of this state don't want same sex marriages. So, why should we accept adoption agencies to consider same sex partners as appropriate to be adoptive couples? Children need a mother and a father to grow up in a normal environment and a mother and father of the same sex has far different meaning for a child in society. It's high time the churches across this state (Oregon) support House bill 2401. They have remained silent too long."

A lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties union was filed earlier in 2004 over the issue of same sex marriages in Oregon. On December 15, 2004, the Oregon Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Li v. State of Oregon. This case, which seeks "marriage equality for same sex couples," was brought by Basic Rights Oregon, the ACLU and eight plaintiff couples in March 2004. The lawsuit was filed before the voters went to the polls. Following the example of the illegal actions of Mayor Gavin Newsom in San Francisco, California, Multnomah County Commissioners (Portland, OR) begin issuing marriage licenses to lesbian and gay couples. Newsom's action were later found unconstitutional by California's high court.

However in Oregon, on April 20, 2004, the Multnomah County Circuit Court sided with the ACLU and Basic Rights Oregon, finding that Oregon's marriage law is unconstitutional. The county circuit court make no decision on how Oregon must treat same sex couples. Instead, the court opted to give the state legislature a deadline for manufacturing some sort of system that would provide same sex cohabitants the same protections of marriage between a man and woman. The court did stop Multnomah County from issuing further licenses to same sex couples but allowed the state to record the 3,000 marriages that had already taken place.

In November 2004, the voters of Oregon passed Measure 36 stopping same sex marriages. Ten other states also passed measures banning same sex marriages and the ACLU has been busy suing on behalf of homosexuals and lesbians to over turn the will of the people in the individual states.

Up until 1973, homosexuality was listed as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. "Gender Identity Disorder" is still on the books as a mental disorder in that manual. The de-listing of homosexuality as a mental disorder came about by lobbying from homosexual and lesbian organizations. There are many organizations in America, i.e. the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (search) that are helping to treat psychological conditions that might drive a man to the homosexual life style.

According to experts in the field, the reason for the listing as a mental disorder is because homosexuals, lesbians and other categories are not born that way, but rather suffer from many problems that lead to such behavior. Even U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor concurred regarding chosen conduct in Lawrence v. Texas when she didn't deny that homosexuality is a voluntarily chosen lifestyle. Medical experts are concerned with the increase of health problems and diseases relating to homosexual and lesbian behavior (search) and the burgeoning costs relating to treating them as well as AIDS.

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Lim stated, "I'm considering what the best interest of the child or children and the chance is that they will have a better opportunity to grow up under the circumstances of mom and dad."