by Roger Hedgecock
If Barack Obama successfully translates his campaign rhetoric into law, 2009 will be the year homosexuality becomes a civil right.
During the campaign, Obama said the issue of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights "is about who we are as Americans"
At Change.gov, under the heading "civil rights," Obama promises legal protection for "gender identity" and "gender expression"; expansion of "hate crime" statutes and homosexual adoption rights, repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" rule for military service.
Labeling homosexual behavior a civil right apparently trumps majority rule at the ballot box too.
For example, in the November election, voters in California adopted Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment which defines "marriage" as the traditional union of one man and one woman.
However, after the voters had spoken, homosexual activists started a statewide witch hunt, targeting the Mormon church, getting prominent supporters of traditional marriage fired and boycotting businesses whose owners had contributed to the "YES on 8" campaign.
A skillful media campaign painted the voting majority bigots and the homosexual campaign to suppress democracy a defense of basic civil rights.
Decades of trying to link the black civil rights movement to homosexual "rights" floundered, however, when analysis of the vote revealed that substantial voting majorities in the black and Hispanic communities voted yes on Prop 8.
A legal challenge by homosexual activists to the constitutionality of this constitutional amendment was filed with the California Supreme Court. State Attorney General Jerry Brown at first vowed to defend the right of the voters to define marriage, then reversed himself under pressure from the homosexual activists.
The California Supreme Court, whose unprecedented 4-3 vote invalidated Proposition 22 which adopted traditional marriage in the 2000 election, has yet to rule on Proposition 8. The justices have heard the rumblings of a recall movement not seen in California since voters there removed Chief Justice Rose Bird in the '80s when the court refused to enforce the voters' desire for a reinstatement of the death penalty.
Labeling homosexuality a "civil right" also seems to trump everyone else's civil rights.
Just as illegal aliens seem to have more "rights" than citizens do, homosexuals claim their "civil rights" prevail over everyone else's civil rights.
Take the case of four San Diego firefighters ordered by the lesbian fire chief to participate in a "gay" pride parade in uniform driving a city fire truck.
Fire Captain John Ghiotto recalls that all along the parade route he and the other three firefighters were subject to verbal sexual abuse, with spectators crying out "show me your hose" and "you can put out my fire" and "give me mouth to mouth" all the while "exposing themselves, grabbing their crotch, rubbing their nipples and exhibiting tongue gestures."
For decades now, such behavior between men and women has been defined as sexual harassment, subject to severe penalties.
However, when the four firefighters alleged a violation of their civil rights in a civil suit against the City of San Diego, they lost. Their right to be protected against homosexual sexual harassment was subordinate to the homosexual parade spectators' right to ignore city laws against public nudity and harass the firefighters.
You don't need a weather man to know which way this wind is blowing.
Current political commentary is largely focused on the transition from a market economy to socialism. The transition from civil rights for all to privileged rights for the small but politically powerful homosexual left is just as important a "change you can believe in."