In my previous post, I talked about same-sex marriage with regards to rights. The question of rights is usually tracked back to the Loving vs. Virginia Supreme Court case in which laws against mixed-race marriages were struck down. In the decision, Supreme Court Justice Warren wrote “Marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man’, fundamental to our very existence and survival.”
I would infer that “survival” is a nod toward procreation. And since same-sex couples don’t procreate, I doubt the opinion would have extended to them even if such were an issue of the day.
But in keeping with the title of the post, I thought I’d share a list of issues faced by same-sex couples that are not faced as a matter of routine. I won’t go into details—you can research on your own. These issues are not endemic to heterosexual couples, whether same race or mixed race. So much for equating same-sex marriage to interracial marriage:
Same -Sex Health Issues (Male)
- Men who have sex with men are at increased risk of contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, as well as other sexually transmitted infections, including gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.
Sorry! If you don’t like this, complain to the Mayo Clinic—not me! I’m just sharing the information.
The next list is a bit more insidius and more graphic.
- Anal Cancer
- Chlamydia trachomatis
- Giardia lamblia
- Herpes simplex virus
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Human papilloma virus (HPV)
- Isospora belli
- Viral hepatitis types B & C
- Anal fissures
- Anorectal trauma
- Retained foreign bodies
OK, some of these issues can occur in heterosexual couples—no argument. But the prevalence in the homosexual community is by far over-represented in the population.
It shows that it’s true: That you hurt the one you love.