Saturday, June 6, 2009

The Impact of Obama's declaration on Homosexuality

By Sharon Slater,
President Family Watch International

True to his campaign promises, President Obama has now established himself as a leader in the homosexual rights movement. By presidential proclamation he has declared the month of June in the United States as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.” (You can read the entire declaration below)

His declaration proudly boasts that Obama is the first president to appoint “openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed position in his first 100 days in office,” and then outlines the work that he intends to do to further the sexual rights agenda at home and abroad.

While he stops short of stating he will fight for same-sex marriage, he announces that he has joined the United Nations efforts to “decriminalize homosexuality around the world,” and declares that he will “continue to support measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans.”

Some of the measures he lists include “enhancing hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples, outlawing discrimination in the workplace, ensuring adoption rights, and ending the existing ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell’ policy in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security.”

To examine just one of these initiatives, Obama’s plan to overturn the ban on homosexuality in the U.S. military, let’s look to current U.S. law, which explains why the ban exists. Public Law 103-160, Section 654, Title 10 states:

Members of the armed forces experience “living conditions and working conditions that are often spartan, primitive, and characterized by forced intimacy with little or no privacy,” therefore, “the prohibition against homosexual conduct is a long-standing element of military law that continues to be necessary in the unique circumstances of military service.”

The law further explains that, “The presence in the armed forces of persons who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.”

According to the Center for Military Readiness, of those polled by the Military Times, 59 percent of active duty U.S. military personnel who responded, continue to support the current ban on homosexuality in the military as strongly as they have in the past three years.

The Military Times also found that if Congress repeals the statute, almost 10 percent of survey respondents would leave the military and another 14 percent would consider leaving. This is because if the ban is repealed, men and women will be required to cohabitate with homosexuals in all branches of the service or risk being dismissed.

This would be the consequence of just one of the policies Obama is advancing to promote the sexual rights agenda.

All of the initiatives that Obama proposes in his declaration advance the “rights” of one group of people at the expense of the rights of other groups. For example, children who will never have the opportunity to have both a father and a mother if they are adopted by same-sex couples and business owners that may have moral or religious objections to homosexuality but who will be forced to provide services in ways that support the sexual rights agenda if they want to avoid discrimination lawsuits.

Just last week, Obama appointed one of the key leaders of the homosexual “rights” movement, Kevin Jennings, to the federal office overseeing school safety in the United States. Jennings is a founder of GLSEN, an organization that promotes the sexual rights agenda in laws and in the public schools. He is responsible for promoting the “day of silence,” engaged in by students across the U.S., where students go to school and refuse to speak to protest discrimination against homosexuals. Jennings is now in a position to more aggressively promote that program as well as other sexual rights initiatives in the public schools.

This proclamation must be a wakeup call to those defending the family in the U.S. and abroad. The “sexual rights agenda” is now a more serious threat in the U.S. and abroad as a result of Obama’s personal advocacy.

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