Have traditionalists gone AWOL?
by Roger Hines
June 01, 2014 12:00 AM | 2388 views | 13 13 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Never has the minority worked so persistently to cram its agenda down the majority’s throat.

For decades, the homosexual lobby (the minority) has tried to impose its will on the general public (the majority), primarily through the courts. Ignoring the will of the people as expressed by state legislatures, the homosexual lobby has persuaded judges the will of the people should be overturned. The majority seems to offer little resistance, leaving the task to such organizations as the National Organization for Marriage, Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council.

It appears that the majority doesn’t care, but they do. The problem is the majority is busy making a living. They are neither entertainers, corporate heads nor sports figures with time on their hands to protest.

Polls tell us the percentage of Americans who favor homosexual marriage is approaching 50 percent. I don’t believe it. It’s true, however, that since Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage a decade ago, 17 other states and the District of Columbia have followed suit.

Even in the Bible belt, the LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/Transgender) lobby appears to be making inroads. Georgia is a targeted state, aided by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and U.S. Representative John Lewis. In the past few months, the city councils of Oxford, Starkville and Hattiesburg, Miss., (all college towns) have passed resolutions praising “diversity” and declaring support for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. But we’re still talking about political elites, not regular folks.

Jerry Falwell, thou shouldst be living at this hour. America hath need of thee. She is a fen of moral confusion. Her pulpits are silent. Her chambers of commerce care only about commerce. Her political parties care only about votes, got any way possible. You were despised, but you had a voice whose sound was like the sea. You cheerfully accepted the pies in your face. Clarity and steadfastness were your province.

If only the same could be said for politicians. Only two years ago, opposition to same sex marriage was the official position of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Why did they change? Because that’s what convictionless office seekers do.

Of course, the problem is that those who change their positions because of polls had no convictions in the first place. That’s what is sad about the matter.

Establishment Republicans are essentially going silent on the issue. GOP Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania decided not to appeal a court ruling two weeks ago that allowed same sex marriage. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey did the same. Is possible GOP candidate Rand Paul being squishy when he says the GOP, to get bigger, will have to learn to disagree on social issues? Time will tell.

It’s still true that he who frames the question wins the debate. Same-sex marriage supporters have framed the issue as marriage equality, but the true frame is biology. Every homosexual exists because of heterosexuality. Talk about two mommies or two dads all we want, everybody — everybody — has a mother and a father. What does this tell us about nature’s immutable plan?

Another proper frame is the slippery slope argument. Proponents of homosexual marriage argue legalizing homosexual marriage would not lead to polygamy, but how could it not? It’s hard to argue two men or two women can marry but one man and multiple women can’t. If a man can love a man or a woman a woman, why can’t a man love three women, marry them and enjoy recognition of the state? To quote the screaming Mrs. Clinton, “What does it matter?”

Today, there is no greater a silencer of free speech than the homosexual lobby and their fawning sympathizers, particularly the sports and corporate worlds. (Why are these two entities so inclined? It’s us regular Joe’s that buy their tickets and their products. Hhmm!) When Miami Dolphins player Don Jones tweeted the word “horrible” upon seeing the homosexual kiss of NFL draftee Michael Sam and his boyfriend, he was fined, suspended and sent to “educational training.” When anyone is punished because he finds man-to-man mouth kissing on television objectionable, we have become a thought-police state.

This is the reason traditionalists must push back. Speaking out against the cowardly, cowering sports world, pestering elected officials and supporting traditional marriage organizations are all good ways to start.

According to the liberal website Politico, 82 percent of Republicans believe in traditional marriage. Aha! So it’s liberal courts making it look like the majority prefers same sex marriage when it really doesn’t. The GOP will lose its conservative base in 2016 if they disregard this revelation.

Traditionalists aren’t prone to protest (they’re at work, remember), but they seldom fail to vote. Maybe they aren’t AWOL after all. Maybe the Republican establishment will find out.

Roger Hines is a retired high school English teacher in Kennesaw.
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Not a Choice
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June 05, 2014
Sexual orientation is neurobiological and is set at birth, according to a report delivered by Jerome Goldstein, M.D., a board-certified medical neurologist and Director of the San Francisco Clinical Research Center. “Sexual orientation is not a matter of choice, it is primarily neurobiological at birth,” Goldstein told the 21st Meeting of the European Neurological Society (ENS), in Lisbon, Portugal, adding, “Clearly the basis of sexual orientation is in the brain and differences in brain structure and function and the province of neurology.”
Ignatz
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June 02, 2014
[Polls tell us the percentage of Americans who favor homosexual marriage is approaching 50 percent. I don’t believe it. ]

You don't believe it on the basis of what? Your feelings?

[It’s true, however, that since Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage a decade ago, 17 other states and the District of Columbia have followed suit.]

And you know what happened? NOTHING. No apocalypse. No harm to MY marriage. Two guys set up housekeeping together and went to the movies, that's what happened.
Ignatz
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June 02, 2014
I am a traditionalist. I believe letting people do as they wish if they aren't harming anyone.

Simply put: Henry and Jim haven't done ANYTHING to you. Why don't you leave them alone?

THAT'S traditional values.

Same sex marriage neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket.
Equal All
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June 02, 2014
If the U.S. and its citizens believed as you do Mr. Hines, then slavery would have still been legal in 1870 (and who knows about now) and women might not be able to vote.

If you believe that gay marriage will lead to polygamy or the marrying of horses and goats, then look to Europe where many countries have had gay marriage for years. I don't recall hearing of a polygamy problem or Mr. Ed marrying John Smith.

The people who vote, which is not necessarily the majority of adult citizens, are NOT always right. The other commenters have made other points that are equally important. "Federally Made" has pointed out the legal and discriminatory problems as laws now stand in states like GA, which have not changed their laws. Time for the Supreme Court to settle this and those cases are making their way thru the court system.
Charles O'Connell
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June 02, 2014
As well intentioned as Mr. Hines’ effort is, it gives the wrong answer because it asks the wrong question. The right question has to involve the almost-mentioned, but inaudible word, “kids”.

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How much time does Mr. Hines have upon this earth? At 59, I figure I have 10 years at the outside. The Gay paradigm has completely dominated our culture because it perfectly packages the magical thinking of childlessness. The Lost Marbles dumped somewhere in the cluttered back room of the Peter Pan mind feature prominently the fact that, we didn’t parent ourselves. Moreover, our existence is intimately involved, not only with our forebears, but our descendants.

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Who will remember us when we’re gone? Only our children, perhaps our grandchildren. Who will, if we don’t have any? Without the memory of progeny, our existence is so futile that we shouldn’t even be here now.

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Mr. Hines mentions the phantom figures of “Mommy” and “Daddy”, but “Baby” nowhere appears on his radar. The inescapable fact is that by the majority of measures, kids raised in the intact biological family fare better.

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* Children of lesbian mothers are nearly 12 times (approximately 1200%) as likely to say they were sexually touched by a parent or adult as those raised in intact biological families. Asked if they had ever been raped, 31 percent of those raised by lesbian mothers and 25 percent of children raised by gay fathers answered yes, compared to 8 percent of those from intact biological homes.

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* Twenty percent (20%) of those raised by lesbians and 25% of those raised by gay men reported having contracted a sexual transmitted infection, compared to 8% of those raised by their biological parents.

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* Twelve percent (12%) of those with a lesbian mother and 24% of those with a gay father reported having recently contemplated suicide, compared to only 5% raised by an intact biological family or a single parent.

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* Nineteen percent (19%) of those raised by a lesbian mother or gay father were currently or recently receiving psychotherapy, compared to 8% of those raised by their heterosexual parents.

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* Twenty-eight percent (28%) of those of working age raised by a lesbian mother and 20% of those raised by a gay father reported being currently unemployed, compared to 8% raised by an intact biological family and 13% raised by a single parent.

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* Children in same-sex households are only 65 percent as likely to graduate from high school as those living in traditional opposite sex marriage families.

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* Girls living in male, gay households are only 15 percent as likely to graduate compared to girls from opposite sex married homes.

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“Tradition means giving a vote to most obscure of all classes, our ancestors,” wrote the early 20th century British journalist GH Chesterton. “It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our father.”

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That’s only half the story. We have no “tradition” in the absence of someone to hand it on to.

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One nearly universal measure of the greatness of a people is their longevity. If we have the sense, we are amazed by the great timespan of ancient Egyptian civilization, and that of near-recent China.

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Placed in the same framework, the meteoric American saga is near to falling to earth. The reason “Gay Marriage Equity” is the sure sign our story is at the End Stage is, no one will be left to hear our story.

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Kevin Foley
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June 02, 2014
Lots of data but no attribution.

Just for fun I Googled your "Lesbian 12 times" assertion and lo and behold, I found your comment and nothing else.

Better back that up along with all this other stuff, Charlie.

As for having no children to inherit our legacy, last time I looked there were plenty of straight people "hooking up" as the youngsters like to say nowadays and the babies keep on arriving. Or did you think the stork brought them?

Come On Now
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June 02, 2014
Even a third grader can explain the difference between discrimination and someone who voluntarily makes a decision to live a particular life style.
John Henry
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June 01, 2014
Just replace the word "homosexuals" with "blacks" and this could have been a letter from 1960.
Fallacy
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June 02, 2014
Black people don't have a choice about what color their skin is. People who struggle with same-sex attraction have a choice about whether or not they act upon their temptations. The "slavery" argument is baseless. Apples and Oranges.
anonymous
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June 03, 2014
@ Fallacy - Mountains of clinical data collected over many decades show gays and lesbians are born the way they are.

You're probably a global warming denier too.
Fallacy
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June 04, 2014
@anonymous

Please provide said "data".
Federally Made
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June 01, 2014
Mr. Hines, If you want to know one big force that has driven the LGBT community to push for the right to marry, then look to politicians, both Republican and Democrat, who made laws and granted rights to married couples over time. The rights I speak of for a married couple who are male & female consist of all sorts of tax benefits, health & life insurance benefits, medical benefits, and rights to legal medical access of their spouse, just to name a few. FEDERAL tax laws for married couples are basically the same in all states. The state of GA income tax return is dependent upon a Federal return. Federal tax laws recognize gay marriage, but GA does not. If a same couple live together for many years in a state like GA, they do not receive those any of the above rights/benefits.

Whether you are for or against gay marriage, can the federal government allow a state to legally grant those benefits just to a male and female marriage? I don't think so. What are grounds for discrimination? Just because someone objects on religious principles? Then are you for letting all religions have their rights included in laws or just the ones you agree with? And how does a homosexual marriage affect your heterosexual marriage?

So what gives a state government or the people in a state the right to say all the above benefits are legal/granted to a man and woman who marry, but not to 2 women, and 2 men? Why do a married man & woman get added tax deductions just because they are male & female? I know a man & a woman who finally married after living together for 17 yrs because they each wanted to be able to help with medical decisions for each other and to let the surviving spouse have access to the dead spouse's retirement that would not have been possible had they not married.

And finally, how can a gay couple be legally married in say California, but then get a job transfer to GA and suddenly they are not legally married? What about if this legally married gay couple from CA has children whom they both have parental right to, but they move to GA and GA does not recognize this marriage? Who has parental rights to the children in GA?

Marriage laws need to be universal in ALL 50 states. The Supreme Court needs to settle these disparities. Laws that have implications on federal law and children need to be the same in all states.
rcammar1
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June 01, 2014
What a sad, pathetic, and classless piece of reactionary claptrap.

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