The Roman Catholic Church wants anyone anti-gay marriage to take to the streets and demonstrate. We are also reading some pretty strong stuff aimed at gay people on twitter. According to Sigmund Freud, an exaggerated horror of homosexuality is likely to be an indication of repression, and a sign of latent homosexuality. Another symptom is the subconscious desire to repress the rights of gay people. Are the gay bashing brigade really secret flamers?.
An article by William H Smith PhD said: ”Latent homosexuality is an erotic tendency toward members of the same sex which is not consciously experienced or expressed in overt action. The term was originally proposed by Sigmund Freud. According to Freud, “latent” or “unconscious” homosexuality which derived from failure of the defense of repression and sublimation permit or threaten emergence into consciousness of homosexual impulses, which give rise to conflict manifested in the appearance of symptoms. These symptoms include fear of being homosexual, dreams with manifest and “latent” homosexual content, conscious homosexual fantasies and impulses, homosexual panic, disturbance in heterosexual functioning, and passive-submissive responses to other males.”
Rampant homophobia is often caused by latent homosexuality, said Freud. Smith points out: “Psychoanalysts use the concept of repressed or latent homosexuality to explain the emotional malaise and irrational attitudes exhibited by individuals who feel guilty about their erotic interests and struggle to deny and repress homosexual impulses. In fact, when these individuals are placed in a situation that threatens to excite their own unwanted homosexual thoughts, they may overreact with panic, anger, or even murderous rage.”
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It is likely that some of the overreactions to the concept of gay marriage are therefore caused by latent homosexuality – the stronger the reaction, possibly the deeper the problem. Maybe the whole issue of gay marriage is bringing to the surface conflicts that the ardent protesters against gay marriage are ill equipped to deal with and the harsh treatment of gay people is an attempt to deal with those problems. Popular Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas has said how hard it is to admit you are gay. Instead of restrictingthe rights of the gay community, what these harsh homophobes really need to do is find the courage to come out.