The Church of Scientology lost one of its most high-profile members when the Hollywood film-maker Paul Haggis quit the organisation in protest at its stance on same-sex marriages. In an explosive letter of resignation, Haggis claimed he could no longer "be a member of an organisation where gay-bashing is tolerated". Haggis, the writer of the Oscar -winning dramas Crash and Million Dollar Baby , had earlier called on spokesman Tommy Davis to denounce statements made by the church's San Diego branch in support of Proposition 8 , the controversial legislation that bans gay marriage in California. I refuse to consent. It is a system of beliefs that promises members a form of "spiritual rehabilitation" through a set of counselling sessions known as "auditing". Scientology is recognised as a tax-exempt religion in the US where it has attracted a list of celebrity devotees that includes Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Lisa-Marie Presley.
Prior to their decision, same-sex marriage was already legal in 37 states and Washington DC, but was banned in the remaining Proponents of legal gay marriage contend that gay marriage bans are discriminatory and unconstitutional, and that same-sex couples should have access to all the benefits enjoyed by different-sex couples. Opponents contend that marriage has traditionally been defined as being between one man and one woman, and that marriage is primarily for procreation. Read more background…. We have joined together to recognize equality for racial minorities, women, people with disabilities, immigrants… [Legalizing gay marriage] is the right thing to do and it is time.
Wow, to be a paid researcher in America to study the sexual behaviors of Americans. Where do I sign up? As a part of the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, researchers surveyed a national, representative sample of 5, people ages 14 to They recently published some of their initial findings in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Only 1 in 4 acts of sexual intercourse are protected by a condom.