The new crusade

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 30, 2003 at 9:34 p.m.
Anti-gay bigotry may be the last "acceptable" form of discrimination remaining in American politics.
So it is hardly surprising that political conservatives have seized with a vengeance on last week's Supreme Court decision banning sodomy laws.
Nor did it take long for the politicians to distort the reasoning behind the court's decision to declare a Texas law that banned sexual acts between same-sex couples unconstitutional.
Responding to the court's decision, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said this weekend, ". . . I'm concerned about the potential for it gradually being encroached upon, where criminal activity within the home would in some way be condoned."
He added, "And I'm thinking - whether it's prostitution or illegal commercial drug activity in the home - to have the courts come in, in this zone of privacy, and begin to define it gives me some concern."
You don't have to read very far between the lines to figure out that the "criminal activity" that Frist is really referring to is homosexual sexuality.
In fact, in its decision last week, the court took pains to point out that the protected right of privacy in the home does not include the right to engage in prostitution, forced sexual activity, illegal drug use and so on.
But never mind that. It's certain that the court's decision will add political momentum to the drive to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban homosexual marriages.
The crusade to enshrine in the Constitution an officially sanctioned form of discrimination against millions of men and women will only serve to open up a new front in the cultural war, one that will produce bitterness and alienation across the American landscape
In the guise of protecting American "values," crusaders will only foster divisiveness.
This is a war between Americans that is better left unwaged. Thoughtful members of Congress will resist being stampeded into this latest holy crusade.

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