Jewish World Review August 8, 2003/ 10 Menachem-Av, 5763

Marianne M. Jennings

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The road to gay marriage


http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | Episcopalians now trot through their annual ritual of hand-wringing over gay priests. Canada now recognizes same-sex marriages. Not to be outdone by our fair-weather friends to the North, the White House Press Corps' hammered Mr. Bush on our Puritanical aversion. The president of the United States, in a Twilight Zone moment for me, had to clarify that marriage is for a man and a woman. The Vatican echoed the Bush doctrine on marriage.

Pat Robertson has called for prayers for a new Supreme Court following the court's ruling that the Texas sodomy statute was unconstitutional. The basis for that decision must be in the Constitution near the Commerce Clause. I hated that topic in law school and missed a few classes. Thus, I am not fully versed in the Founders' Sodomy Clause.

Television has everything from dimwitted Will and Grace to Queer as Folk, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and Boy Meets Boy. For the first time in 70 years, Brides has a full page article on same-sex weddings, including a guide on being a good guest at a gay wedding. New York City has established the Harvey Milk High school for transgender students.

From July 1, 2003 through August 3, 2003, the New York Times ran 182 articles with some reference to "gays." USA Today had 316 articles on gay issues in the past year, over one per day for the M-F newspaper.

I feel like Joan Cusack in the movie, In and Out. Jilted at the altar by her newly self-realized homosexual groom Joan attempts, still in wedding gown, to drown her sorrows in a bar. The first man she approaches for consortium is also homosexual. Ms. Cusack screams in desperation, "Is everybody gay?"

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Media bombardment has lulled the masses. Homosexuality is oh, so avant garde! Only dweebs and nerds spout nature and religion. The straights now battle each other over gay marriage rights with who's-more-hip attitude. How did it come to this? Homosexuals moved public policy with well-chosen tactics.

Infiltration of policy-maker ranks. College education level for gays and lesbians is double that of the general population, with one-half holding at least one degree. As a result, they hold influential positions in business, government and non-profits. They write, call and demonstrate in unison. Too-silent straights are struggling and juggling children, work and soccer games.

Infiltration of corporations. Human resource executives are social workers who found social work salaries disgraceful. So, they and their liberal leanings entered corporate life where they developed diversity, multiculturalism, and tolerance. Those lofty goals got benefits for partners, regardless of gender, gay employee clubs, and discipline for straight employees who asked why.

Alignment with minority groups. Pull up www. stonewall.com to trace the history of gay rights in the UK. Blacks were included in their harassment studies. The alignment with racial groups afforded an alliance and, armed with the ability to yell "Bigot!" immunity from attack .

The gay gene myth. I've had over 500 letters assuring me homosexuality is genetic. Dr. Dean Hamer, the gay male who released the first homosexuality and genetics study, has stated unequivocally, i.e., "Absolutely not," when asked if homosexuality is in the genes. He cites the identical twin studies that show homosexual causation is "not inherited."

Use of AIDS. Using inflated numbers, the gay community has floated stories that AIDS was affecting the elderly, that AIDS was at epidemic proportions, and that "AIDS affects everyone." All myths. Only about 750,000 people in the U.S. have AIDS. The leading cause? Homosexual contact. The UK's 19,000 of 20,000 AIDS cases were from sexual transmission.

Demonizing opponents. Anita Bryant, Dr. Laura and Michael Savage lost television gigs because of their views that homosexuality is immoral. Sen. Rick Santorum (R. Pa.) dangles in the wind since discussing the Texas sodomy case. Recently, GLAAD asked its supporters to inundate the Los Angeles Times with protests and boycotts because it published an op-ed piece by Rev. Pat Robertson on his prayer call.

Economic pressure. United Way loses funding if it gives to the Scouts. BSA loses funding, including United Way's, if it won't allow gay troop leaders. Corporations fear donating to BSA.

Suppressing free speech. Gays go for the jugular, attacking the livelihoods of those who oppose them. Any means are justified for their desired ends. Canadian teacher Chris Kempling was suspended for one month for his Christian views on homosexuality, expressed in a letter to the editor. The Canadian CLU fears this one and won't help.

Infiltration of schools. With the backing of the American Psychology Association, the NEA has taken over training on homosexuality. APA guidelines prohibit use of the term "ex-gay." The NEA/APA pamphlet, "Just the Facts About Sexual Orientation" is appalling in just its overview, "factuality cannot be considered apart from a philosophy by which the facts are interpreted." For a look at the factual flaws of the NEA/APA, see www.narth.com.

The anti-anti-gay movement. The NEA infiltration has worked. Gen X and Gen Y, despite their conservatism, can't jump in with the religious wing. They embrace a "live and let live" philosophy and have created a sophisticated condemnation of anti-gays movement.

Incremental legal inroads. As we slumbered, gay activists have eased society toward gay marriage. With each battle won, they wielded more power. The federal health privacy legislation, HIPPA, springs from AIDS cases. States have passed laws and governors have issued edicts prohibiting discrimination against gays. Real estate agents must remain silent on the causes of death of owners whose houses are on the market via their estates. AIDS deaths have too much impact on potential buyers and the value of the home. The EU has given its members until the end of 2003 to mandate anti-discrimination laws for gay employees.

Silence. These strategies have moved public opinion. In 1996, 68% of Americans viewed homosexual marriage as wrong. Today that number is only 55%. In 1973, 73% felt homosexual relations were wrong. By 2002, the number was 53%.

Legislatively and judicially, we allowed ourselves to be painted into a corner. From that corner, we will witness the destruction of the cornerstone of society: the family. We tolerated the gay falsehoods and went with their flow on seemingly inconsequential issues. Gradually, gay activists chipped away at attitudes and mores. Straights were hoodwinked into complacency.

Marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman, only. Even at its worst, marriage remains the best means for insuring society's continuation and success. Look what divorce hath wrought for our children. Homosexual unions last, on average, one year. God help the children of these passing unions.

This piece will bring condemnation, hate mail, and the usual threats to my employer. But years from now, as we assess the degradation same-sex marriage will bring to society, I shall be able to say, "I tried."

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