In medieval times, it was all the rage to turn ordinary mineral elements into gold. It was called alchemy and was alternately praised and condemned depending on who was in power. Suffice to say, the efforts failed, but since the Greenwich Village gay bar rebellion called the Stonewall riots occurred in June 1969, the movement to secure “gay rights” for homosexuals—gays, lesbians, as well as bisexuals and transgendered folks–has gained momentum as they seek to normalize homosexuality.
From ancient times various religions have grappled with the fact that some people are sexually attracted to their own gender. All condemned it. Homosexuality runs counter to procreation, the family unit, and the stability of society. The response was to keep it “in the closet”, to exercise benign neglect, or to punish it.
In America, the idea of “gay rights” is patently absurd given the fact that gays (I will use the term to reference all sexual preferences outside the norm) are and always have been protected by the U.S. Constitution in the same fashion as every other citizen. There have been exceptions such as the addition of amendments to include Black Americans, former slaves with no rights, after the Civil War.
The demands of the GLBT “community” have grown over the more than forty years since the Stonewall gays resisted the harassment of the New York cops. It culminated in the demand that gay “marriage” be given legal sanction. The clamor for gay marriage resulted in the Defense of Marriage act, passed in both houses of Congress by large majorities in 1996 and signed into law by President Clinton. It denies recognition of same-sex marriage for all federal purposes.
Presently, 43 states define marriage as the union of one man and one woman with 31 states adding amendments to their constitutions banning it. Eight states recognize gay marriage and six recognize some form of same-sex civil unions or domestic partnerships. Massachusetts was the first to legalize it in 2004.
What has happened in Massachusetts is instructive. An organization, MassResistance, led by Brian Camenker, has opposed the demands of gay groups and in a report, “What same-sex ‘marriage’ has done to Massachusetts”, exposed what has occurred since 2003 when the state’s Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional not to allow same-sex marriage.
To the degree that the owners of Chick-Fil-A’s belief in the sanctity of traditional, biblical marriage sparked a nationwide rebuke of gay demands, the issue is once again front and center. Tens of thousands turned out on Chick-Fil-A “Appreciation day”, August 1, to support the restaurant chain. A gay “Kiss-In” that followed fizzled.
Here are some highlights of Camenker’s report and I recommend you read it. Gays in Massachusetts have focused efforts on its schools to legitimize gay marriage and homosexuality. By 2005 homosexuality was part of the curriculum in many Massachusetts schools. Students, as young as second grade, who should be learning the three R’s were instructed to read a book “King and King”, about two men who fall in love and marry each other, ending with a picture of them kissing.
By 2007, a federal judge ruled that because “gay marriage” is legal in Massachusetts, parents had no right regarding the teaching of homosexuality in its schools. Hundreds of middle and high schools hold “Gay Days”.
Camenke report notes that “A hideously obscene booklet on ‘gay’ practices created by health officials was given out in a high school” on April 30, 2005 and “Among other things, it gives ‘tips’ to boys on how to perform oral sex on other males, masturbate other males, and how to ‘safely’ have someone urinate on you for sexual pleasure. It even includes a directory of bars in Boston where young men meet for anonymous sex.”
The legalization of same-sex marriage has rippled out into all areas of Massachusetts society and people can now be fired for expressing religious objections to same-sex marriage. All insurance and state-issued documents must now recognize same-sex “married” couples, and all manner of other changes to accommodate the gay community have occurred.
This is, of course, exactly what opponents of same-sex marriage feared and it has emboldened gays around the nation despite the fact that most Americans find it offensive, either because of their religious beliefs or because it runs counter to centuries of public opinion regarding homosexuality.
Few want to see gays harassed or harmed for a condition over which they have no choice, but neither should society be subjected to the aggressive advocacy of homosexuality in the public square nor should their preference be extended the coercive and corrupting power of law.
Alan Caruba is the founder of The National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns designed to influence public opinion and policy. A veteran public relations counselor and professional writer, Caruba has emerged as a conservative voice through his weekly column, “Warning Signs”, posted on the Center’s Internet site (www.anxietycenter.com) and widely excerpted on leading sites including this one.