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Gays at risk, says Jensen

14 September 2012

THE Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen, has caused controversy by stating on a national television programme that the "lifespan of practising gays is significantly shorter than the ordinary so-called heterosexual man.

Dr Jensen made the comment in response to a question about comments made earlier in the week by Jim Wallace, the managing director of the conservative Australian Christian Lobby (ACL). Mr Wallace was reported as saying that the homosexual lifestyle was less healthy than the heterosexual lifestyle. His comments, coupled with comments on health warnings on cigarette packets, caused the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, to withdraw from an engagement to speak at the ACL's forthcoming national conference.

Dr Jensen said Mr Wallace had "given us an opportunity to talk about something significant, namely the question of health risk".


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