Open Letter Just Submitted to the Transition Team
Dear Mr. President-Elect Obama,
While you have been very friendly to gays and lesbians in the United States of American and made use of our support in the election, it has come to my attention that your view of gays and lesbians is biased and unscientific. You said recently that you would use facts, evidence and science in your presidency to make decisions about policy. I know you don't believe it (obviously by your anti-gay marriage rhetoric), but the vast majority of gays and lesbians are born that way. While there may be some instances where a person can be attracted to both males and females (bisexuals), scientific evidence clearly shows that gays and lesbians exist very early in life. There is strong evidence to suggest a genetic connection to male homosexuality.
If you want to believe that polygamist relationships are somehow morally equivalent to positive gay and lesbian relationships go ahead. But I think some of the women oppressed by the now renounced LDS policies might have something to say about that. The decision to outlaw polygamy was made because women were being exploited. No exploitation or coercion exists in a good, loving gay or lesbian relationship. Incest has been shown to cause birth defects and be very unhealthy for children born of incestuous relationships. Child molestation shows no correlation to male homosexuality. All scientific evidence (respected, peer-reviewed scientific evidence) shows that gays and lesbians make excellent parents and deserve all of the same protections as straight couples/parents. I understand your trying to be a centrist and a unifier, but the idea that someone that equates being gay to incest and rape is a good choice for one of America's religious leaders is asinine. Reverend Warren’s view of gay people has been used by many to commit violent acts against them. There is also evidence that this view has severely damaged gays and lesbians and has forced us into the dark corners of society. So, I ask you to be true to your word and believe in "science" rather than radicals that want to control society's values. Propelling Reverend Warren to an acceptable choice for a religious leader only further condones violence against gays and lesbians.
Just because you do not believe that two people that love each other and enter into a partnership is not a marriage does not give you the right to call gay and lesbian couples something different than straight couples in the court of law. So, while it is obvious that you view gays and lesbians as perverts, but respect the right of these perverts to have their relationships in a free society, it is important that you support our right to see ourselves as people deserving of respect. Please, review respected scientific journals if you need help or inspiration in letting go of your religious biases.