A Christian magistrate has been disciplined by a Tory Cabinet Minister for expressing the belief that children should be raised by both a mother and a father.
Richard Page told colleagues behind closed doors during an adoption case that he thought it would be better for a child to be brought up in a traditional family rather than by a gay couple.
He was shocked a week later when he found he had been reported to the judges’ watchdog for alleged prejudice, and was suspended from sitting on family court cases.
Mr Page, an experienced NHS manager, has now been found guilty of serious misconduct by Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling – who previously spoke in support of a Christian couple who turned away a gay couple from their B&B.
He has also been ordered to go on an equality course before he is allowed back in the courtroom.
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Forty years after the American Psychiatry Association led the world in calling homosexuality normal the medical community reports that HIV epidemics among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) are not being controlled and the substantial reason for this is anal receptive intercourse and role reversal.
What will be revealed about children who are brought up by same sex couples forty years from today ?
Lancet Special Issue on HIV in Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) July 2012
Summary Points for Policy Makers
The Lancet MSM and HIV series show us that HIV epidemics among MSM are fundamentally different from other groups at risk. These differences help explain why HIV epidemics among MSM expanding in low, middle, and high income countries, including the U.S., and why current HIV prevention and treatment programs for MSM are not working as well as they should. Biological, network, and social/structural factors combine for MSM and lead to more rapid and efficient HIV spread in MSM communities—individual risk behaviors for HIV infection contribute only modestly to these dynamics. New and more effective HIV prevention programs for MSM must reduce infectiousness through markedly expanding testing and treatment of positive men, and reduce risk of acquisition among negative men, through the use of PrEP, the development of a rectal microbicide, and increased access to and coverage for condoms and condom-compatible lubricant. Current prevention tools could reduce new HIV infections in MSM substantially, but more and better tools will be needed to achieve an AIDS free generation for young MSM. Stigma, discrimination, and social and health care level homophobia continue to limit access and uptake to essential services from testing to treatment, and from condoms to PrEP. Policy reform and structural changes will be key to expanding coverage and reaching men with culturally competent care. These realities are most clearly demonstrated among minority MSM in the U.S., where black MSM have much higher rates of HIV infection then other MSM, despite having lower individual risks for HIV. But black MSM also have lower rates of testing, health care access, health insurance, and successful HIV treatment—impacts seen at each step of the treatment cascade. Urgent reform is needed, in approaches, programs and policies, if we are to make real gains against HIV among MSM. Future efforts must be more biologically based, focus on delivery of effective interventions, address each gap in the testing to treatment cascade, and ensure safe and affirming spaces for prevention, treatment, and care.
Global epidemiology of HIV infection in men who have sex with men
Chris Beyrer et al.
- In 2012, HIV epidemics in MSM are expanding in countries of all incomes. Available incidence data from Thai, Chinese and Kenyan samples of MSM suggest those epidemics are in rapid expansion phases.
- HIV infection rates among MSM are substantially higher than those of general population adult males in every epidemic assessed. A comprehensive review of the burden of HIV disease in MSM worldwide found that pooled HIV prevalence ranged from a low of 3% in the Middle East and North Africa to a high of 25.4% of MSM in the Caribbean.
- Biological and behavioral factors make the dynamics of the MSM epidemic different than for general populations.
o ThedisproportionateHIVdiseaseburdeninMSMisexplainedlargelybythehighper- act and per-partner transmission probability of HIV transmission in receptive anal sex. Modeling suggests that If the transmission probably of receptive anal sex was similar to that associated with unprotected vaginal sex, five year cumulative HIV incidence in MSM would be reduced by 80-90%.
o ManyMSMpracticebothinsertiveandreceptiverolesinsexualintercourse,which helps HIV spread in this population. Were MSM limited to one role, HIV incidence in this population over five years would be reduced 19-55% in high-prevalence epidemics.
o Takingbothfactors(peracttransmissionprobabilityandroleversatility)into account explains 98% of the difference between HIV epidemics among MSM and heterosexual populations—behavioral differences account for 2% of the