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    My partner sent me this via email this morning. It seems that this kind of thing will never stop.   Lisa Posted Thu Nov 27, 2008 5:00pm AEDT Updated Thu Nov
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      My partner sent me this via email this morning. It seems that this kind of thing will never stop.
       
      Lisa
      Posted Thu Nov 27, 2008 5:00pm AEDT
      Updated Thu Nov 27, 2008 5:13pm AEDT
      'Gay slur': The publication refers to homosexuality as 'gender disorientation pathology'. (Reuters)

      Several authors of a controversial document which resulted in the sacking of a newly-appointed men's health ambassador have moved to defend him and the publication.

      Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon today dismissed co-author Warwick Marsh, after he refused to distance himself from some of the document's claims that homosexuality is a mental disorder and that gay men are more likely to molest children.
      Another men's health ambassador and report co-author Barry Williams has held on to his position, after fervently denying that he had anything to do with the claims.
      The publication, titled 21 Reasons Why Gender Matters, refers to homosexuality as "gender disorientation pathology", and says it will lead to increased levels of drug abuse and partner violence, increase the risk of communicable disease and bad health, and is often a "symptom of family dysfunction, personality disorder, father absence, health malfunction or sexual abuse".
      Co-author of the document Mary-Louise Fowler, Vice-President of the Australian Family Association, says the document's main focus was the wellbeing of children and she has criticised the Government for dismissing Mr Marsh so quickly.
      She says the 21 Reasons study wanted "to emphasise the importance, and indeed the right, for children to be raised in the natural family setting by both their mother and father.
      "Nicola Roxon's knee-jerk sacking of Warwick Marsh indicates an unwillingness on the part of the Federal Government to listen to the views of people who dissent from the politically correct norms of recent years.
      "It is an obvious contradiction when those who pride themselves on being "inclusive", exclude the views of a well researched document. It is appalling when elected representatives engage in this practice."
      Another contributor to the report, Jack Sonnemann from the Australian Federation for the Family, says although he will not defend or distance himself from the entire document, he agrees with some aspects of the statements.
      "We have to look at all the data concerning the harm caused by the homosexual community," he said.
      "There's a reason why the Red Cross won't take their blood and it's because they carry diseases most other people don't have.
      "Also, we have to look at the life expectancy. Homosexuals don't live as long as heterosexuals, again because of the practices they are involved in."
      Mr Sonnemann also says he believes that homosexuality is a chosen lifestyle which can be treated.
      "I know several former homosexuals who realised that their chosen lifestyle was not the best for them and they have come out of that lifestyle," he said.
      "There's no gene that makes them homosexual, it's the way they choose to live their life. Some people choose to be shoplifters, some people choose to be murderers, some people choose to be thieves, some people choose to be homosexuals and they don't have to."
      Defensive
      Ms Roxon earlier described the document's controversial claims about homosexuality as "abhorrent". Mr Williams also stated that he in no way endorsed them, but moved to defend Mr Marsh.
      "I don't believe that Warwick Marsh and his wife have discriminated against anybody because they aren't those sort of people. They're church people and they're damn good people," he said.
      Mr Sonnemann has also stood up for the dumped ambassador and says there would be a good reason why Mr Marsh was standing by the study.
      "I know Warwick and I have a hard time thinking that he would identify himself with things that he did not have research to back up as being well and truly scientifically founded," he said.
      Mr Marsh, of the Fatherhood Foundation, earlier released a statement saying the document's assertions were the result of thousands of studies worldwide.
      "Twenty-one Reasons Why Gender Matters shows from thousands of studies the world over, that the natural way is the best way and when we break that natural order the statistics show things just start to go wrong.
      "People get hurt. Children are abused. Father wounds are created. Families break up. Relationships break down ... This pain is felt by heterosexuals and homosexuals."
      Coalition for Equality spokesman Rodney Croome has called for Mr Williams to be sacked too.
      "Even though he's repudiated the anti-gay manifesto he originally signed, Barry Williams has repeatedly lobbied and advocated against the legal recognition and protection for same-sex couples and their families," he said.
      "It's exactly these kind of discriminatory attitudes which undermine better health outcomes for gay men by stigmatising them as unfit parents."


       
       


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