A disaster for American people Homosexuals aren't disadvantaged

The Supreme Court And Gay Rights.

June 02, 1996|By St. George Crosse

I WAS UTTERLY disgusted and disappointed with the 6-3 Supreme Court decision in Romer vs. Evans. The dastardly decision did not speak to same-sex marriage, but what it portends for the future of the American family is disastrous. The immediate impact of the ruling is crystal clear. It directs that no state in our beloved country may amend its constitution to prohibit the granting of special rights to homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals or people with various sexual orientations.

Justices Antonin Scalia read much of his dissenting opinion in which he criticized the court for making new law and dismissing sentiment of the 54 percent of Colorado voters who supported the amendment. Justice Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice Rehnquist joined the dissent.

The amendment prohibited special treatment of homosexuals -- and nothing more. It does not prohibit giving favored status to lesbians or homosexuals when they are blind, poor, senior citizens or members of racial minorities. The amendment did, however, prohibit giving them favored status because of their homosexual conduct.

Colorado is one of 25 states that have repealed their anti-sodomy laws and was one of the first states to repeal laws and eliminate criminal punishment for homosexual acts. But simply because a state eliminates criminal punishment for homosexual acts does not necessarily mean that the state has abandoned the view that homosexuality is morally wrong and socially harmful. Elimination of the laws may just mean that enforcing them involves an unnecessary intrusion into the private lives of citizens.

The elimination of criminal sanction has led to confrontation as militant homosexuals who are better educated, better organized, and better funded now seek to introduce to local schools, even at the elementary level, books teaching that the homosexual, lesbian and bisexual lifestyles are optional and fully acceptable "alternate life styles."

As a black citizen, I am angered when I hear anyone trying to equate racism with sexual orientation, and claiming that discrimination based on sexual orientation is the same as the discrimination blacks have endured and still endure today.

All you have to do is look at me to know that I am black. I cannot tell your sexual orientation by looking at you. Homosexuals are not denied mortgages, venture capital, small business loans, job promotions, Hollywood movie contracts, or even election to certain political offices as black men and women are today.

Homosexuals live in better neighborhoods, are better educated, drive better cars, take more expensive vacations, and hold better jobs than black people do.

Homosexuals may be a minority, at most 2 percent of the population (that's 5 million people), but they are not, as a class, poor, downtrodden and disadvantaged. While Marian Anderson was denied an opportunity to sing at Constitution Hall in still-segregated Washington in 1939, lesbians were performing everywhere. Thurgood Marshall could not attend white law schools but already white homosexuals were lawyers, judges and maybe even members of the Supreme Court. Homosexuals represented the nation in the Olympics, and served in the armed forces long before blacks were accepted. Please do not believe that homosexuals are a disadvantaged minority.

The ruling's immediate impact is clear. Look for the legislative voice of the American people to be silenced, and further radical redefinition of the family, marriage, and parental rights by these six unrestrained judges, three of them -- David H. Souter, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Anthony M. Kennedy -- Republican appointees. Republicans compromised their values by naming them and now they are reaping the results. Souter and O'Connor were nominated because Republicans could not stomach the brutal, intense, and unfair fight that occurred when Judge Robert Bork and Thomas were nominated. The liberals in the Senate always fought fiercely when true conservatives were nominated.

Kennedy was considered a solid conservative -- not a lukewarm conservative like Souter and O'Connor. But the last three years have witnessed Kennedy's conversion to the liberal side of any issue involving moral and family values. The word inside Washington's Beltway is that Kennedy wants to be chief justice someday, and he has learned that the easiest road to that goal is to betray the ideas and ideals that made him a Supreme Court justice.

St. George Crosse is the co-pastor of Overcomers Tabernacle in Southwest Baltimore. He also moderates a talk show on WEAA, Morgan State University's radio station.

Pub Date: 6/02/96

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