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Lessons from France on the Myths of Same-Sex Marriage

first_imgPublic Discourse 4 June 2013If the recent French mobilizations against same-sex marriage have taught us anything, it’s this: The LGBT lobby has misrepresented its cause’s relationship to time and history. Illinois Democrat Greg Harris stated in a National Public Radio piece what the lobby has been claiming for years:Folks know this will be a vote that history will remember . . . And I think a lot of folks are deciding they’re going to want to be remembered on the right side of history.The proponents of same-sex marriage like polls. A Gallup poll published in mid-May showed public support for their cause rising from 27 percent in 1996 to 53 percent this year. Pew’s survey data reflect a more modest rise, from 35 percent in 2001 to 49 percent in 2013, but the upward march is still clear. In April 2013, the Williams Institute published a state-by-state analysis that reflected a steady growth in the number of states, such as New York, in which more than 50 percent of respondents supported same-sex marriage.Less often mentioned are certain caveats in all these polls. For instance, in Gallup’s poll respondents were asked to choose between supporting or opposing same-sex marriage, without being offered a third option such as civil unions. The data from the Williams Institute show that liberal California is still only at 50 percent for same-sex marriage, perhaps because the state has domestic partnerships already. Minnesota residents only supported same-sex marriage by 43 percent, despite their popular vote to reject a constitutional ban in 2012 and despite the legislature’s hurried process of legalizing it in the state.Nevertheless, two assumptions have determined the way pundits have interpreted these data.One assumption is that the increase in support will be consistent over time rather than fickle. We can name this the Inevitability Assumption, a quasi-Marxian or at least Hegelian view that History is beckoning in one direction and there will be no turning back.The second assumption is that more people accept same-sex marriage because they have more reliable information about what it entails. This is the Enlightenment Assumption, the notion that there is a transcendental benevolence in same-sex marriage, which can rely on the good and the true, if not the beautiful, to be vindicated by the diffusion of knowledge.These assumptions are in fact fallacies. More than any other populace, the French have laid them bare with their four massive “manifs” or mobilizations (November 17, January 13, March 24, and May 26).These four mobilizations are credited as the largest mass uprising in France since the famous revolts of May 1968. As many as 60 percent of French respondents supported same-sex marriage in the fall of 2012, but the level of support now hovers around only 39 percent, with 54 percent supporting “civil unions” only. It is no wonder that the French government has had to shield itself and its LGBT benefactors from outrage with an increasingly totalitarian modus operandi encompassing tear gas and other familiar police-state tactics.The French resistance to same-sex marriage has demonstrated that an ostensibly progressive nation that had little issue with homosexuality as a moral question can change its mind, not based on ignorance of reality, but based on knowing more about what same-sex marriage really means. Sorry, LGBT lobby, the French are sending your soufflé back to the kitchen.Fallacy #1: The Inevitability AssumptionFrance proves that no opinion trend on any graph can be taken for granted as perpetual. In the United States we knew this already; we simply weren’t aware that we knew it. We know from the abortion debate that what seems like a steady march of acceptance can actually grind to a halt or reverse.The Gallup polls on abortion show how unpredictable the trends in opinion can be, for the number of “pro-choice” Americans peaked in 1996 at 56 percent, then declined to 45 percent today, while pro-life opinion gained significant ground, albeit in fits and starts (only 33 percent of Americans were pro-life in 1996, compared to 48 percent today).If we take a step back and examine how the international LGBT lobby has fought for same-sex marriage, we see that the lobby’s leaders must be equally aware that nothing is inevitable about acceptance of same-sex marriage, regardless of what they say publicly. Rather than patience, haste has characterized their tactics.Fallacy #2: The Enlightenment AssumptionRather than maximize people’s access to information about the impact of same-sex parenting, the lobby has sought to suppress journalistic and academic investigations into areas such as surrogacy, which give people pause with time and reflection. While it is impossible to know the inner thoughts of people running advocacy groups, it is reasonable to conclude that they opt to force same-sex marriage and same-sex parenting through the legislatures and courts at lightning speed, before people have the chance to stop and think about what they are signing up for. (The recent examples of California and Illinois are telling; in both states the large number of people who have gay friends did not lead to easy passage of same-sex marriage, but rather may have triggered a backlash resulting in California’s Proposition 8 and the failure of same-sex marriage last week in the Illinois legislature.)http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/06/10293/?utm_source=RTA+Lopez+Myths+Same-Sex+Marriage&utm_campaign=winstorg&utm_medium=emaillast_img read more

Lime National 2012 basketball season basketball results

first_img Share Here are the results of games played in the Lime National 2012 basketball season June 13 to 17 , 2012.Saturday Games:Game 1 – Kubuli Division 2 – Secondary Schools 87 points to La Plaine Avengers 57 points, Top scorers for Secondary Schools Curvin Augustine 19 pts, Wakamie Fabien 14 pts , Lyndel Mayers 12 pts and Austin Nichols 10 pts. For La Plaine Avengers Cameron Corbette 18 pts and Coby Williams 11 pts.Game 2 – Vitamalt Division 1 – Paix Bouche Snipers 67 points to Ian Douglas Patriots 57 points. Top scoring for Snipers Hendricks Holsborough 23 pts, Lenin Paul 18 pts, Steve Ferrol 12 pts . For Ian Douglas Patriots Marlon Hillary 26 pts and Bertis Jeffers 17 pts.Sunday GamesGame 1- Kubuli Division 2 – Massacre Black Hawks 66 points to Elvis Morancie Green Hornets 37 points. Top scoring for Black Hawks Jamaal “Black Diamond” Lloyd 15 pts, Travis Lawrence 8 pts and Gifford George 8 pts. For Green Hornets Edgar George 16 pts and Nick Nicholas 6 pts.Game 2 -Women Division – Lady Pros 39 points to Lady Panthers 30 points, top scoring for pros were former scholarship player Delize Paul 16 pts, Brigeta Bedminster 8 pts and Julia Bruno 7 pts . For Lady Panthers Malisa Williams 10 pts, Curnia John 9 pts and Vernella Bedminster 7 ptsGame 3- Between Ian Douglas Patriots and Fashion Line Falcons did not play.This weeK Games in the Lime National Basketball League:Wednesday – Game 1 – 7.00 pm – Alvin Bernard Sic u Sic vs.. E.H Crossover – Lindo Park, Game 2 – 9.00 pm – Fashion Line Falcons vs. Salisbury Juggernauts – Lindo ParkFriday – Game 1 -7.00 pm – Elvis Morancie Green Hornets vs. Alvin Bernard Sic u Sic – Lindo Park Game 2 -9.00 pm – Dragon Stout Pros vs. United Insurance Sharks – Lindo Park Game 3 -7.00 pm – Police Sports Club vs. Secondary Schools Team – Massacre Game 4 -9.00 pm – Gatorade Blazers vs. Dr. Mac Prowlers – MassacreSaturday – Game 1 – 7.00 pm – Fashion Line Falcons vs. Element Agency Ole School – Lind Park Game 2 – 9.00 pm – De Treads No Look vs. Paix Bouche eagles – Lindo ParkSunday – Game 1 – 6.00 pm – Marigot Women Team vs.. Secondary Girls School Team – Lindo Park Game 2 – 8.00 pm – Goodwill Starz vs. Paix Bouche Snipers – Lindo ParkNote to all teams still owing the association registration fees are ask to do so immediately failure to do so will results in a penalty to be determine by the executive.By: Mickey Joseph Share NewsSports Lime National 2012 basketball season basketball results by: – June 19, 2012 30 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more