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Republicans For Family Values

LaBarbera Says Huckabee Was Right: AIDS Is Over-Funded Compared to Other Diseases

Contact: Peter LaBarbera, 630-717-7631, www.rffv.org

MEDIA ADVISORY, Dec. 11 /Christian Newswire/ -- Peter LaBarbera, founder of the Republicans For Family Values website, said GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is right not to back down on past statements that homosexuality is sinful and that AIDS research gets disproportionate taxpayer funding compared to other deadly diseases.

LaBarbera said the thrust of what Huckabee told the Associated Press in 1992 is true: homosexual behavior is aberrant and wrong, it poses a 'dangerous public health risk,' government AIDS spending is disproportionately high compared to maladies like heart disease, and HIV/AIDS prevention is not a civil rights issue.

"Mike Huckabee is right to reject the liberal media's talking points on homosexuality. We need more -- not less -- debate on why HIV/AIDS has been singled out as a politically protected disease, and why it gets such a huge percentage of taxpayer funding vis-à-vis other diseases, as documented by the Fair Foundation."

Huckabee told AP in 1992, "I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk."

LaBarbera contrasted Huckabee's remarks with those by Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, who defied the Bible and thousands of years of human history by proclaiming that homosexuality is not "immoral."

Said LaBarbera: "Of course homosexual behavior is a dangerous public health risk, as evidenced by the fact that men who have sex with men (MSM) – or women who have had sex with such men – are banned from giving blood. The CDC reports: 'MSM accounted for 71% of all HIV infections among male adults and adolescents in 2005 … even though only about 5% to 7% of male adults and adolescents in the United States identify themselves as MSM.'"  

"Despite the obvious link between male homosexual behavior and AIDS, gay bathhouses where men go for anonymous sodomitic encounters with other men are flourishing in cities like Cleveland and Chicago. If homosexual and AIDS activists – and public officials -- would work to close these disease-spreading centers down, it would protect the lives of homosexual men and also women who unknowingly get infected by male spouses who secretly engage in homosexual perversions."

Republicans For Family Values website supports pro-life and pro-natural-family values in the GOP. For informational purposes only, LaBarbera is also president of Americans For Truth.