I graduated from high school in May 1975 and began my freshman year at college in August of that same year. During the fall semester, the gay rights activists on campus set aside a day that they designated as “Gay Day.” They put an announcement in the school newspaper that on Gay Day, anyone who was in support of gay rights should show their support by wearing jeans to class. At that time, there were over 20,000 students attending classes at the university, and approximately 80 percent of them wore jeans to class every day.
The gay movement was in the beginning stages of organizing on college campuses, and the attitude among the majority of students was that the gay students (who were mostly men) could do whatever they wanted as long as they left everyone else alone. For that reason, a majority of the students were angry when they were told that wearing their regular attire to school on Gay Day meant they were showing their support for gay rights.
When Gay Day rolled around, almost every student in the school wore dress pants to class. It was the only day of the school year when most of the students dressed up to attend classes.
By the time I was a junior in college, the gay rights activists on campus were holding weekly “gay straight rap” meetings. One definition of the word “rap” is “to talk freely and frankly.” The meetings were advertised in the school newspaper and on posters placed all over campus as an opportunity for straight people to sit down with gay people to have an open and frank discussion about the gay lifestyle.
That year I was renting an apartment with three other students. One of them was a friend of mine from Peoria, and the other two were from Chicago. Prior to moving into the apartment, I had never met the two students from Chicago.
One day during spring semester, one of my Chicago roommates (Jim) announced that he was planning on going to a gay straight rap meeting and asked me if I wanted to go with him. I was surprised that Jim was planning on going to the meeting, and I started asking him questions about why he wanted to attend the meeting. I knew he was straight, because he had been dating a girl from Chicago for the past couple of years.
Jim told me that he wanted to hear what the gay rights activists had to say. He told me that I needed to keep an open mind and at least give them an opportunity to explain themselves. I told Jim that I already knew what they were going to say and that I had more important things to do with my time than to go to a meeting where pressure would be put on me to change my beliefs. After accusing me of being close-minded and intolerant, Jim left and went to the meeting alone.
That same year, the sociology professors at the university began setting aside a day each semester for some gay students to come to their classes to present their views to their fellow students.
In the 1970s and 1980s it was the colleges and universities that became the breeding grounds for gay rights activists. In the 1980s and 1990s the activists infiltrated the high schools, and in the 1990s and 2000s they moved into the grade schools.
This past week the gay rights agenda was in the news again because of the 5-4 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional. DOMA was a federal law passed by Congress in 1996 that prohibited same-sex couples who were married in a state that allowed such marriages from receiving the same federal benefits that are available to couples who are in traditional heterosexual marriages.
In his dissenting opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia reminded the other members of the court that DOMA supported “an aspect of marriage that had been unquestioned in our society for most of its existence — indeed, had been unquestioned in virtually all societies for virtually all of human history.”
On the day of the ruling (June 26), reporters from all over the nation had trouble hiding their euphoria over the news. Time magazine declared that the decision of the Supreme Court justices capped “one of the fastest civil rights shifts in the nation’s history.”
Celebrities from Hollywood and the music industry also chimed in with their approval. Madonna gushed, “What a way to start my day!! I’m wearing a smile from ear to ear. There is a G-D! Justice is served. Hallelujah!!” Brad Pitt, who was previously married to Jennifer Aniston but had vowed that he would not marry the mother of his children, Angelina Jolie, until same-sex marriage was legalized, reportedly announced to some friends that he was now ready to get married.
Time magazine was right about the lightning-fast shift that has taken place. It hasn’t even been 10 years since the Supreme Court of Massachusetts created the “right” to same-sex marriage out of thin air for the residents of the state of Massachusetts (February 2004). Since then, 12 other states have legalized same-sex marriage.
Why has there been over the past 10 years such a massive change of our laws, the effect of which has been to undermine the sacred institution of marriage?
The majority of judges who have ruled in favor of gay rights at the state and federal level are around my age or younger. Their belief systems concerning homosexuality were nurtured and came to full fruition during their high school and college years via the public school system, the media, and the gods and goddesses of the movie and music industries.
The same holds true for our state legislators and governors, members of the U.S. Congress, employees of the federal government, and the officers of the Fortune 500 corporations. Many of them had their belief systems corrupted during their youth and are now making decisions affecting the future course of our country.
Those of us who still believe in and follow God’s commandments need to prayerfully and courageously stick together and focus on shielding our children and grandchildren from the evil influences that have been woven into the fabric of our society. We must continue to have the confidence and trust that God and His mother will provide us with the guidance and protection we need to protect our families from the evil that is closing in on us.