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By Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe | October 15, 1991
Q: My 9-year-old son surprised me by asking what a condom is. What should I tell him?A: Your son has provided you with what is often referred to as a "teachable moment." By providing him with an honest and straightforward answer to this question you will indicate your willingness to discuss topics related to human sexuality. In families where parents are unwilling to do so, teen-agers must rely on other sources -- friends and the media -- which often give a distorted, inaccurate or unbalanced view.
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November 1, 2012
As the referendum on same-sex marriage moves forward to the November election, I offer the following points on why I oppose same-sex marriage. The basic thrust of many supporters of same-sex marriage is to argue that same-sex marriage is a civil right guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and that it is a corollary of the unalienable rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" as stated in the Declaration of Independence....
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November 1, 2012
As the referendum on same-sex marriage moves forward to the November election, I offer the following points on why I oppose same-sex marriage. The basic thrust of many supporters of same-sex marriage is to argue that same-sex marriage is a civil right guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and that it is a corollary of the unalienable rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" as stated in the Declaration of Independence....
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January 5, 2007
Conservative Jewish rulings on agenda Rabbi Susan Grossman of Beth Shalom Congregation will offer a four-session course on recent "responsa," or legal decisions, decided for Conservative Judaism by the movement's Committee of Jewish Law and Standards, of which Grossman is a member. "I'll be teaching about the Conservative Jewish [position] on stem cell research, its permissibility and why it's permissible," Grossman said. The session on stem cell research will be held from 7:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 16. The committee issued two contradictory decisions on human sexuality, Rabbi Grossman said; both received a majority vote.
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Western Maryland Bureau of The Sun | April 30, 1994
EMMITSBURG -- A small group of parents is protesting courses in human sexuality being taught at Mother Seton School and other Catholic classrooms throughout the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore.Parents such as Mary Lynne Ziegler, whose three children attend the Emmitsburg elementary school, contend that textbooks are sexually explicit and that the program undermines parental responsibility.The group, including parents from as far away as Baltimore and Silver Spring, numbered about 20 at a prayer vigil at Mother Seton School this week.
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By Diane Winston | March 25, 1991
The clamorous debate that has rumbled through Protestant churches and rattled Roman Catholic cathedrals echoed locally last week when a Ellicott City parish grappled with issues of human sexuality.Scores of listeners came to the old stone St. John's Episcopal Church for four evenings on "An Exploration of Human Sexuality and the Church's Teaching." The series featured the Rev. David Scott, professor of theology and ethics at Virginia Theological Seminary, and Bishop John Spong of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, N.J."
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By New York Times News Service | March 19, 1995
LONDON -- For years the Church of England has been racked by an internal debate over homosexuality: Is it morally reprehensible and a cause for repentance? Or is it acceptable and, when accompanied by love and fidelity, as positive a form of human expression as heterosexuality?Last week the debate exploded into the public arena as the bishop of London, the church's third most senior cleric, revealed that he had been pressed by a militant gay rights group to proclaim himself a homosexual "voluntarily."
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Sun Staff Writer | February 17, 1995
One of the Loyola College psychology professors conducting a controversial seminar on human sexuality for undergraduates denied last night that pornographic films are shown, as critics on and off the campus have contended."
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Diane Winston | June 11, 1991
Weary from a bitter debate and eager to affirm traditional morality, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) overwhelmingly endorsed a report yesterday on human sexuality that rejected the provocative conclusions of an earlier paper."
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1997
Shawn E. Brown was found guilty yesterday of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two Baltimore boys whom he said he strangled as part of an effort to gain information about human sexuality and other topics.Brown, who described himself as a 3,729-year-old immortal, faces a maximum of two life sentences without parole for the murders of Marvin Wise, 8, and Obdul Richards, 16, when he is sentenced Feb. 17. Brown was also found guilty of kidnapping Obdul.The state is planning to drop charges of child molestation Brown was facing in assaults on three other boys.
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By JILL RAYMOND | June 20, 2006
Once again, Republicans have made a lame attempt to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage. Once again, referenda will appear on the ballot in various states not only to ban gay marriage but also to forbid gay adoption. Clearly, Republican Party strategists figure that this dying horse can be beaten for at least one more set of election victories. They may be right. There is a singular terror shadowing this issue that defies rational argument and defeats any appeal either to civil rights principles or to basic human empathy.
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By HANAH CHO and HANAH CHO,SUN REPORTER | November 14, 2005
When she got married at 23, Yun Zheng got detailed answers about sex, a subject her parents never discussed with her in China. When Zheng registered her marriage, a government official showed her an informational video on relationships, families and sexual intimacy, she recalled. For Zheng's 10-year-old son, though, sex education will begin in his fifth-grade classroom at Northfield Elementary School in Ellicott City. Though Zheng said her son may be too young to learn about changes in his body, she plans to let him participate in the class, resigned to the cultural and educational differences in America.
NEWS
June 26, 2003
MARYLAND'S BOARD of Education on Tuesday wisely expanded its safety code to confirm that harassing students based on their sexual orientation is wrong. Schools should be safe for everyone. Spelling out exactly who among "all students" shouldn't be taunted or tormented may seem redundant, but it is necessary. Such a distinction makes it clear that no students should have to live through a day in which a teacher singles them out to the class as "going to hell," as happened to a junior at Lake Clifton/Eastern High School in East Baltimore.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and By Stephanie Shapiro,Sun Staff | October 6, 2002
This country is weird about sex. By delicately detouring around this most fundamental and intimate of topics during discussions of culture, history and daily life, it seems we miss the point of so much of human endeavor. It's as if society is too embarrassed to directly address the very impulse behind so much of what transpires in life -- good, bad and, of course, mediocre. Sure, virtually every commercial pitches sex, and Sex and the City, not to mention Bill Clin-ton, have made it acceptable to talk about a variety of sexual activities over the dinner table.
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By Tres Kerns | August 20, 2001
A PARENT handed us a pamphlet given to his ninth-grade son in a Baltimore City school. Displaying graphic pictures and language on "safe sex," it encourages teen-agers to experiment with just about every form of sexual behavior. Recently, a 10-year veteran of management called us to describe how he reprimanded a woman for her poor work performance, and because the woman is a lesbian, his employer wrote him up and made him take sensitivity classes. He is certain that he handled this individual with professionalism, treating her no differently from any other employee.
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By Richard O'Mara and Richard O'Mara,SUN STAFF | February 3, 1998
Will Sigmund Freud ever finally be disposed of? If not, it won't be for want of people trying. Most recently Frederick Crews, a former English professor at the University of California, Berkeley put the boot in with his book, "The Memory Wars -- Freud's Legacy in Dispute," a criticism of Freud's continuing influence in the humanities.The ideas of the Viennese doctor who invented a new vocabulary to explain human behavior have been repeatedly debunked. The biologist P. B. Medawar dismissed psychoanalysis as an "intellectual confidence trick."
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1991
County school officials plan to remove a filmstrip that mentions sexual intercourse from fifth-grade sex education classes in response toparents' objections.Discussions of sexual intercourse are not part of the fifth-grade family life and human sexuality curriculum. Some parents feared children who heard the term in the filmstrip would ask about it, Helen M. Stemler, health programs supervisor, said at the school board meeting Thursday.Stemler expects the revisions in the fifth-grade course to be less controversial than changes in the ninth-grade curriculum, which brought a barrage of criticism from conservative parents and church groups last spring.
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By Linda Cotton | July 29, 1991
THE "PRO-FAMILY" Bush administration has taken another disastrous step toward the denouement of Ronald Reagan's favorite fairy tale -- that the days when Father-Knew-Best can be dusted off and polished up for the '90s.The latest episode, "Sullivan the hatchet man," finds the secretary of health and human services, Louis Sullivan, under the lights on the conservative Coalition for America's satellite television network -- professing shock that a federal grant had been issued to fund a nationwide survey of teen-age sexuality.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1997
Shawn E. Brown was found guilty yesterday of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two Baltimore boys whom he said he strangled as part of an effort to gain information about human sexuality and other topics.Brown, who described himself as a 3,729-year-old immortal, faces a maximum of two life sentences without parole for the murders of Marvin Wise, 8, and Obdul Richards, 16, when he is sentenced Feb. 17. Brown was also found guilty of kidnapping Obdul.The state is planning to drop charges of child molestation Brown was facing in assaults on three other boys.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 9, 1995
Easton -- Two main currents have shaped the life of the Rev. John Keener Mount: his love of God and his homosexuality.They merged at the most dramatic moment of the 1992 convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, when Father Mount rose from his seat, frail, old and angry.The convention, held at the Holiday Inn in Solomons Island, was engaged in a bristling debate over a task force report on human sexuality that was tolerant of homosexuality.Father Mount, then 82, had something to say. He stood at the podium, looking out over the crowd of several hundred people -- bishops, priests, deacons and parishioners.
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