Paul Drummond Cameron (born November 9, 1939) is an American psychologist and sex researcher. While employed at various institutions including the University of Nebraska he conducted research on passive smoking, but he is best known today for his claims about homosexuality. After a successful 1982 campaign against a gay rights proposal in Lincoln, Nebraska, he established the Institute for the Scientific Investigation of Sexuality (ISIS), now known as the Family Research Institute (FRI). As FRI’s chairman, Cameron has written papers associating homosexuality with perpetration of child sexual abuse and reduced life expectancy.
In 1983, the American Psychological Association expelled Cameron for non-cooperation with an ethics investigation. Position statements issued by the American Sociological Association, Canadian Psychological Association and the Nebraska Psychological Association have accused Cameron of misrepresenting social science research.
In 1982, Cameron co-founded the Institute for the Scientific Investigation of Sexuality in Lincoln. Believing that earlier sex surveys, including those conducted by Playboy magazine, had overestimated the prevalence of homosexuality, Cameron set out in 1983 to conduct what he described as “a fair sexuality poll, not one based on volunteers”. One newspaper reported his expectation that the results would support his case for a ban on homosexual acts throughout the United States. Funding, according to Cameron, was provided by businessmen including several Nebraska chief executives. In the 1983 ISIS Survey, an “extensive self-administered questionnaire” was offered to 9,129 adults in five U.S. cities, and 4,340 responses were received. In 1984, these were supplemented with data from 824 adults from Dallas.
ISIS was shortly afterwards renamed the Family Research Institute (FRI) and moved to Washington, D.C.. In 1995 FRI changed location again, this time to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where it remains based. In his capacity as FRI’s chairman, Cameron has authored both popular pamphlets[which?] and scientific articles on the topic of homosexuality. The cover photograph for Cameron’s pamphlet Child Molestation and Homosexuality depicted “a young boy being pulled into a men’s bathroom”, while Murder, Violence and Homosexuality showed “a little girl cowering beneath an arm wielding an ax”. Many of Cameron’s scientific articles have been based on the 1983–1984 ISIS survey, including a 1996 paper that concluded based on participants’ answers concerning their teachers that homosexual teachers could influence their students to become homosexual.
Another of Cameron’s conclusions, based partly on his studies of obituaries in gay newspapers, is that homosexuals as a group have a median age of death about 20 years lower than that of heterosexuals. After analysing official data from Denmark, which allowed Same-sex unions in 1989 and Norway, which allowed same-sex marriage in 2009, Cameron reported in 2007 that “married lesbians lived to age 56 and married gay men to age 52”. Cameron states that many victims of child sexual abuse are the same sex as their abusers – one FRI study on sexual abuse by foster parents in Illinois reported that 34% of perpetrators were guilty of same-sex abuse – and concludes that “there is a strong, disproportionate association between child molestation and homosexuality”.
Cameron was quoted in Rolling Stone as saying that homosexual sex was more pleasurable than most heterosexual sex, and as a result, if homosexuality were tolerated then it would become predominant within a few generations.
Cameron’s publications have been cited as support by some groups who oppose same-sex marriage and allowing homosexuals to become foster or adoptive parents, including the Traditional Values Coalition. Cameron testified in the case Baker v. Wade (1985). In 1992, Gale Norton, then the Attorney General of Colorado, employed Cameron as a consultant when defending a law preventing the extension of civil rights legislation to homosexuals. Cameron’s testimony went unused, and the law was struck down by the Supreme Court. More recently, Cameron campaigned against a gay-rights initiative in Maine in 2000, testified in favor of the failed Virginia Anti-Gay Adoption Bill in 2005, and opposed a 2007 Colorado bill intended to allow cohabiting couples to adopt. He was tricked into appearing in Sacha Baron Cohen‘s mockumentary film Brüno (2009). Southern Poverty Law Center has classed “Family Research Institute” as a hate group
For more on the outrageous Paul Cameron read this report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.