As reported by the Washington Post, on Thursday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit in Boston ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional because it denies equal rights to same-sex couples. This ruling means that the Supreme Court will probably consider this politically divisive issue for the first time in its next term.
The DOMA was signed into law in 1996, but later disavowed by Bill Clinton. It defines marriage as a union between man and woman. It thereby denies a host of federal benefits to same-sex couples who got married in the states that allow such unions.
The ruling was also an important big victory for the "first U.S. gay president" Barack Obama who recently said he believed same-sex couples should be able to wed. The court's decision, however, is not final and the matter is to be taken to the Supreme Court for a final decision.
In any case, the ruling caused howls of joy from gay and lesbian activists who now seem encouraged by the bunch of decisions and declarations made by members of the top echelons of the U.S. establishment, like the proclamation of protection of gay rights across the world the topmost priority of the U.S. foreign policy by the State Department, the above-mentioned vote-grabbing remark by President Obama, and a host of other courts' decisions on individual cases.
As one of the proponents of gay rights wrote in the Chicago Tribune (this was reprinted by the Huffington Post):"Throughout much of our history gay men and women have been branded as criminals, sexual psychopaths and perverts. They have been imprisoned, beaten, sterilized, ostracized, castrated, psychoanalyzed and publicly humiliated. They have been compelled to hide an essential facet of their nature, to deny who they are and to pretend to be what they are not." And further on, now "the views of most Americans have gradually changed. Most Americans have come to realize that gay men and women are not creepy degenerates, but people 'just like us.'"
In fact, maybe one should not worry too much about the fact that traditional family values are being destroyed in the liberal U.S. and that heterosexuals are turning into an outlawed minority. The main thing about gays is that they are incapable of reproducing in a natural way something that (lesbians are capable of, but not willing to do). But the bad thing about it is that the virus of homosexuality is very contagious and is no less damaging than the HIV (It’s hardly a coincidence that more often than not they go hand in hand with each other), and what is most frightening, quickly spreading in the outside world. Rulings like the one made by the Boston court are likely to give new impetus to the recruitment campaign by gays and their promoters. Allowing same-sex couples to adopt children (which is becoming common practice and is completely legal in the U.S. and the West) is just one strategy used by this recruitment campaign.
So, gays are not likely to die out even if they are genetically doomed. And even if they do, they'll have converted many others and will have led them to the same fate. Indeed, the total extinction of humanity seems to be the ultimate aim of the dominant liberal line of today's western politics, with the above Boston court being just one of its many instruments.
So, you could brand Barack Obama the "first gay president", or call Boston judges "the first openly gay judges", but they are unlikely to consider that insulting. On the contrary, the word "gay" in today's America is becoming a feather in the… let's say, cap and a matter of pride for those branded in this way.
Against such a background, those few who still believe in traditional values are forced to keep a low profile in fear of being ostracized by the public opinion of the first gay majority country.
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Boris Volkhonsky, senior research fellow, Russian Institute for Strategic Studies