Bush Nominee Under Fire Over Anti-Gay Paper

Surgeon general candidate found gay sex unnatural, unhealthy
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2007 5:20 AM CDT
Bush Nominee Under Fire Over Anti-Gay Paper
Dr. James Holsinger talks during a news conference after accepting the head position to the Cabinet of Health Services in this Dec. 5, 2003 file photo, in Frankfort, Ky. President Bush's nominee for surgeon general, Kentucky cardiologist Dr. James Holsinger, has come under fire from gay rights groups...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The Bush nominee for surgeon general is under fire over a 1991 academic paper in which he argued that  gay sex is unnatural and unhealthy. In the report, ridiculed by other doctors for imposing politics on science, Dr. James Holsinger compares sexual body parts with pipe fittings and concludes, "when the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur."

Holsinger wrote the paper for a United Methodist Church committee trying to decide whether to relax its ban on homosexuality, ABC reports.The revelation, which has infuriated gay-rights groups, puts his nomination in serious jeopardy. The Senate committee to vote on confirmation is chaired by Ted Kennedy and includes three gay-friendly presidential hopefuls—Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Chris Dodd. (Read more James Holsinger stories.)

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