Human beings were created with many dimensions, one of which is our unique sexual nature. As men and women, we are physical, intellectual, emotional, relational and spiritual beings. It's these dimensions that distinguish us from the rest of creation.
Our integrated nature means that intimate sexual expression profoundly affects all dimensions of our being. Many levels of sexual expression are possible between men and women. One important expression is friendship; the sexual differences between men and women enhance meaningful, warm and healthy relationships. A second important area of sexual expression is intimacy between husband and wife.
Family life teaching and sexual education about sexual guidelines are meant to protect us from disease, fear, exploitation and dehumanization. But education and protective techniques alone are not enough. Our society needs to understand and acknowledge that there are compelling emotional, philosophical, medical, sociological and historical reasons for practicing abstinence before marriage and fidelity within marriage.
The causes of same-sex attraction appear to be multi-factorial and may include developmental, psychosocial, environmental and biological factors. There is no credible evidence at this time that same-sex attraction is genetically determined.
Some homosexual acts are physically harmful because they disregard normal human anatomy and function. These acts are associated with increased risks of tissue injury, organ malfunction and infectious diseases. These and other factors result in a significantly shortened life expectancy. Among those involved in homosexual acts, there is an increased incidence of drug and/or alcohol dependence, compulsive sexual behavior, anxiety, depression and suicide.
Homosexual behavior is destructive to the structures necessary for healthy marriages, families and society. Homosexual behaviours burden society with increased medical costs, increased disability and loss of productivity. It has grave emotional, physical and cultural consequences.
The following information focuses on the latest information about the ethics of sexuality and homosexuality:
- Public Comment for Fairfax County School Board - James Avery, MD
- The Negative Health Consequences of Same-Sex Sexual Behavior - Andre Van Mol, MD
- Quotation Errors in AAP's Technical Report - Sharon Quick, MD
- Analysis of AAP's Technical Report on Same-Sex Adoption - Sharon Quick, MD
"The sexual health of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States is not getting better despite considerable social, political and human rights advances. Instead of improving, HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remain disproportionately high among MSM and have been increasing for almost two decades."
—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
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