Yesterday was Sodomy Day at the Supreme Court, and with the many Sodomy Pride parades scheduled throughout the US this coming weekend, Justice Kennedy will serve as the symbolic Grand Marshal. In jubilation, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., rang its bells for one hour (though the bells remained silent upon the conviction of Kermit Gosnell). Some Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Unitarian churches in Washington, D.C., also rang their bells. On Wednesday evening, the National Cathedral held a prayer service for homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgender “families” to celebrate the Supreme Court’s rulings. The governor of Connecticut raised the rainbow flag over his official residence. President Obama was very happy. Thus, for some, it was a great day of rejoicing in our land. For others, it was a day of great shame and sadness.
But I think that the most stirring event of Sodomy Pride Week was at the Pentagon. Sure, there have been cutbacks to military pilot training, repairs and refurbishment to Navy ships are being slow-walked, the Navy’s Blue Angels 2013 season has been cancelled, and ten U.S. Army brigades will be cut soon, but we have never had a stronger military. Why would I say that? That is not just the word of a world-famous blogger, but rather was stated by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who affirmed at the June 25, 2013, “Pentagon Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month” event that since the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” both the Defense Department and the military have become stronger. (Who knew?) At the same event, the keynote speaker was Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. Introduced by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Ms. Jarrett said:
Change is being able to put your family photo on your desk, just like everyone else. Change is being able to share with your co-workers about your weekend or vacation plans. … Change is knowing that you’re free to be who you are and love whomever you want without fear of harassment or losing your job. It’s being able to openly embrace your partner in front of all the other families when he or she returns from a tour of duty, just like everyone else. The repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was the beginning, but not the end of the process.
I am sure that is very comforting to know for many of my readers. Eric Fanning, who became Air Force Acting Secretary last Friday and is openly homosexual, is now the highest-ranking “out” LGBT person in the Defense Department. In a recent interview with the Washington Blade, a publication self-described as “America’s Leading Gay News Source,” Secretary Fanning said he supports allowing transgendered people to serve in the military. (Would they get two sets of uniforms depending on how they feel each morning? Remember that Corporal (later Sergeant) Maxwell Q. Klinger wore women’s clothing only to try to be discharged from the Army for psychiatric reasons.)
The demise on Wednesday of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) means that the Pentagon can now move quickly to extend health care, housing, and the myriad of other federal benefits to the same-sex spouses and partners of military members as soon as possible. Same-sex spouses can now be buried in Arlington Cemetery, and military personnel can sponsor their non-American partners and their families for immigration to the United States. There has, of course, been no estimate of how much this will now cost U.S. taxpayers, but it is reasonable to presume that DOMA’s demise will cost tens of billions annually in added benefits to military personnel, and to Pentagon civilian employees and contractors. But should we quibble? Such is the cost for all of us to have, in Secretary Hagel’s words, the world’s strongest and happiest military.
As we have often been forewarned by numerous writers in Touchstone and Salvo, and by Supreme Court Justices Scalia and Thomas in prior court cases, homosexual counterfeit marriage opens the doors to other “marriage” forms. As a recent example, following its national convention, the Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association is now seeking the same legal status as other relationships in Canada. It is, of course, a truism that in a world where many government leaders and society have rejected the precepts of God Holy Word, there are no logical reasons why polygamy, polyamory, homosexual marriage, pedophilic marriages, incestuous marriage, and heterosexual marriage should not be equal as a societal construct. After all, if “marriage” is simply a private contract for the benefit of the “parties,” how can government restrict any American from marriage, in the words of Mr. Obama following the Supreme Court’s decisions on Wednesday, “no matter who they are or whom they love.”
With support from the mainstream media, and the reticent silence of many churches and clergy (kudos to Timothy Cardinal Nolan on his comments regarding the Supreme Court’s decisions on homosexual marriage and DOMA), the public will eventually come to see all kinds of relationships as civil rights issues. As the late Ruth Graham famously said, “If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” It seems to me, Mrs. Graham, that we are now there. Do you recognize your country anymore? I don’t either, but as for me, I will focus on the powerful words of Psalm 101:3, which states: “I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it.” It is my hope and prayer that you will stand with me and other like-minded Americans.