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The age of consent and Coalition 'family values' : Comments

By David Skidmore, published 14/3/2005

David Skidmore argues that there must be equality between the age of consent for men and women, gay and straight.

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Clearly this is author's attempt to further the homosexual agenda using our young-uns to spread their EVIL, UN-CHRISTIAN and, dare I say it, UN-AUSTRALIAN perverted ways. This GODLESS-SODOMITE conspiracy must be stopped before His wrath bears down upon us and smites Australia with 10 plagues and worldwide flood. It is written in the Good Book I tell ya. We must stop homosexuality from being shoved down our throats - before it is too late!
Posted by DavidJS, Monday, 14 March 2005 2:19:46 PM
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David JS is absolutely right (in both senses of that term!), but, for those of non-christian or less Biblically unrestrained belief, there are far more pragmatic & logical reasons for not promoting such a lifestyle choice.

HIV/AIDs as well as more mundane things like hepatitis & syphyllis...up & up they go.

Reality Check.
Posted by Reality Check, Monday, 14 March 2005 5:36:35 PM
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I think they should lower the age of consent for gay sex to 5. That way, they can have a special episode on playschool. Make sure they are toilet trained first, though.
Posted by davo, Monday, 14 March 2005 5:47:37 PM
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Good article David But as you can see and I'm sure there will be more to come the hate filled GB will roll out their usual trash. John 1 has some excellent advice for the GBs 2:15 and John 2 1:10 offers some more I implore you all to follow this advice so the rest of us can get on with having a real discussion.
Posted by Kenny, Monday, 14 March 2005 6:23:00 PM
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Some discrimination against homosexuals is necessary. Obviously not the gay bashing variety, but in terms of absolute equality with heterosexuals in the legal sense, equality should not happen.

Homosexuality is a high risk lifestyle. It is abnormal for most of us. And before you mention the plight of Aboriginals, you cannot experiment with Aboriginality the same way you can with homosexuality. You cannot recruit non-Aboriginals to be Aboriginals. But you can influence heterosexuals to flirt with homosexuality.

That is a scary scenario. Some social stigma is necessary to discourage people from partaking in a dangerous lifestyle.
Posted by davo, Tuesday, 15 March 2005 6:39:49 PM
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As Kenny points out, it seems to be the God Botherer's key to heaven is to oppress and discriminate throughout their life on earth. Religion is a choice - sexuality is not. Sexuality is an innate quality and Kinsey's research proves that it is indeed a minority of humans who go through life being 100% heterosexual in either attraction or behaviour.

A quick check on world HIV statistics proves that the vast majority of people who have lived with HIV/AIDS have been heterosexual. HIV is spread through unprotected vaginal or anal sex (anal sex is a common hetero sexual activity especially in countries where condom use is suppressed). HIV is also easily transmitted throughout sharing of dirty intravenous syringes. Condoms used properly with water based lube are totally safe for protecting against HIV. Needle exchanges which provide new fits combined with health advice and support also minimise the risk of HIV transmission (Australia is a shining example).

"Homosexuality" is not a lifestyle. People who are same sex attracted are NOT inherently at high risk, and the major risk factors we face are (1) the loudly voiced oppression of bigots, (2) the lack of acceptance by most religions and (3) the lack of acceptance, protection and support offered by educational facilities (at all levels).

When Queensland Premier Peter Beattie chaired the 1990 PCJC enquiry into "homosexual law reform" he writes in the Report that they accepted expert evidence that no higher age should be set for any gender, sexuality or sexual activity - because to do so would have NO EFFECT on reducing the incidence of sexual activity and would most likely only act to impede or prevent safe sex education. It happened in NSW when all sex between men was illegal before 18, and it's happening right now in QLD where anal intercourse is illegal until 18. A truly equal age of consent ensures that equal protection and support is a possibility for all youth. Law reform will still rely on the various institutions and individuals to actually practice equity but law reform is the necessary first step.
Posted by EqualRightsActivist, Tuesday, 15 March 2005 11:50:28 PM
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