Protect Marriage Maine, the official campaign against the state’s marriage equality ballot initiative, has posted an epic screed revealing many of its true motives. While the article cites many of the traditional lies and myths that equality opponents rely upon, one passage managed to sum up all the most offensive distortions about people who are gay. Relying on research from 1977, Edward Allebest calls gays “highly promiscuous,” “predatory,” and victims of rape or molestation who are defined only by their sexuality:
Homosexuality is highly promiscuous. To accept homosexuality as the social, moral, or religious equivalent of heterosexuality would constitute the first modern assault on the extremely hard-won, millennia-old battle for a family-based sexually monogamous society – precisely because the homosexual lifestyle is highly promiscuous. The basis of homosexuality is centered around anonymous sexual encounters. Long term relationships are very rare. [...]
As a result, serial homosexuality has as its most visible consequence AIDS, among various venereal diseases. But another social problem is that it is largely predatory. Part of the thrill, part of the challenge, is having sex with the inexperienced, the uninitiated, and to dare say that out loud, even though it is true, is to risk being called “intolerant”, “homophobic”, or worse. The dark secret of homosexual society is how many homosexuals first entered into that world through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse, and how many of them yearn to get out of the homosexual community and live normally.
The acceptance of homosexuality as the equal of heterosexual marital love signifies the decline of Western civilization as surely as the rejection of homosexuality and other non-marital sex made the creation of this civilization possible. The overwhelming majority of US citizens and parents do not want the government to endorse and promote a homosexual lifestyle, with bizarre and promiscuous behaviors, and many negative outcomes — particularly to innocent children.
That’s what those opposed to marriage equality believe: gays and lesbians are wicked, predatory, condemned by God, a threat to children, and they will bring about the destruction of society. The fact that same-sex couples want to commit to each other monogamously, protect each other through the end of their lives, and raise children together doesn’t seem to factor in at all.
Protect Marriage Maine has pulled the article from its page. Here are screen grabs of the original text: