So I approach, with some trepidation, the issue of sexual preference because, throughout history, homosexual behavior has always been regarded as an aberration and, more specifically, a threat to civil and social norms. With considerable bravery and skill, homosexuals in America have fought to secure an equal footing under the law. The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution states: "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States…" It does not, however, reference sexual orientation.
In recent days, the U.S. Supreme Court extended homosexuals the right to be free of a law in Texas that defined their sexual behavior as a crime. This decriminalization of that State's and all other's laws seems to me correct. The most private and personal thing anyone engages in pertains to one's sex life. I think, too, that those who have extrapolated this decision to include pederasty or bestiality are mistaken, as these are clearly either a threat to children or a perversion of Nature. Such laws remain intact for these reasons. And should.
What we have all witnessed, however, is a growing body of "entertainment" in which homosexuality has been offered to the public as a "normal" component of society, as a mere variation of heterosexuality. Shows like "Will & Grace" and the plethora of new shows featuring homosexuals now fill the airwaves. Americans have been subject to a vast propaganda campaign, particularly coming out of Hollywood, aided and abetted by the mainstream Liberal news media, to grant homosexuals both so- cial and legal acceptance and rights that run counter to the general well-being of so- ciety. History teaches that societies that "bent the rules" declined and failed. Ancient Greece and Rome come instantly to mind.
This propaganda campaign to grant homosexuals a social and legal status harmful to American society as a whole has resulted in a notable backlash of public opinion. A recent poll taken by USA Today showed that, whereas 60% of adults previously thought homosexual relations between consenting adults should be legal, only 48% concur with that opinion now. The opposition to homosexual "marriages" had risen to 57%, the most since this issue was first polled in 2000.
What I suggest is that there are limits that any society must put on the "main- streaming" of homosexuality. Marriage is the core of all societies and universally recognized as a union between a man and a woman. This is as Nature dictates.
The argument put forth by homosexuals that their sexuality is "normal" ignores the obvious. It is not. To deny such couples the "right" to marriage is correct.
Homosexual advocates' criticizing "Rightwing, Christian fundamentalists" or any other religious group for their opposition is a deliberate diversion from the simple, obvious truth that marriage exists for the maintenance of society. One could remove religious objections entirely and still recognize the need to maintain the institution of marriage.
Homosexuals, of course, do not see it in this manner. They argue that their sexual preference is "natural" to them and poses no threat to society in general. My view is that homosexuals are "wired" for their sexual preference and, most likely, are homosexual from birth. That does not, however, render it "natural." Sex is the means by which Nature insures the continuation of a given species. Homosexuals do not engage in sex for that purpose, nor can they procreate. Heterosexuals under- stand this instinctively, even as homosexuals protest their "right" to marry.
Society has the right and duty to protect and preserve itself. This does not mean persecution of homosexuals, but it does mean that it is absolutely necessary to set limitations on the assertion of homosexual "rights." Among the many ways a society can be set on the path to decline is the failure to protect the concept of family.
The Fourteenth Amendment was later supplemented by the Fifteenth Amendment, which states: "The rights of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previ- ous condition of servitude." It does not specify sex. The Nineteenth Amendment addresses the right of women to vote. Nothing in the U.S. Constitution grants homo- sexuals the right to marry, nor should it be interpreted as such.
Therein lies the reason to reject the many politicians who today who are "playing the Gay card" in exchange for votes. If that were the only reason to vote against them, it would be a good and valid one.
Alan Caruba is a veteran business and science writer, a Public Relations Counselor, Communications Director of the American Policy Center, and Founder of the Na- tional Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly column, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center (www.anxietycenter.com). A compilation of his past columns, entitled Warning Signs, is published by Merril Press. In addition to Warning Signs, Caruba is the author of A Pocket Guide to Militant Islam and The United Nations vs. the United States, both of which are available from the National Anxiety Center, 9 Brookside Road, Maplewood, New Jersey, 07040.
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