[COMMENT: This fellow may be wrong headed about his
sexuality, but he has an honest streak that is refreshing. So the "gays"
have a "silent majority" also! See links to his
other articles at end. E. Fox]
National Post Tuesday 15 Feb 2005
Section: Issues & Ideas
Once upon a time, it was fun to be gay: There was an
exciting intrigue to the oppositional (and even outlaw) character of gay and
lesbian life. We were the trendsetters and tastemakers of society -- always at
the forefront of creativity in art, music, fashion and literature.
But in the 1980s, we massacred our most promising by putting
liberation ahead of health. And now, we are undermining what's left of gay
culture with the stale, party-line rhetoric of oppression and exclusion. If
Oscar Wilde were alive today, he would be exasperated with the whining tone
that permeates modern gay activism.
Prime Minister Paul Martin and his Justice Minister, Irwin
Cotler, are fast-tracking their proposed same-sex marriage legislation for
enactment in June, 2005 -- exquisitely timed to coincide with our annual
bacchanalia of promiscuity, Gay Pride Day. The Liberals' disregard for public
debate is not only angering Catholic bishops and other conservative-minded
gay-marriage opponents, it also ignores the silent majority of gay men and
women who have little interest in marriage.
Unless you're gay, you can't fathom how embarrassing and
frustrating it is to constantly witness your public image being represented by
the same tiresome clique of activist martyrs and malcontents. It makes us look
so helpless and it makes me want to run back into the closet.
In 1967, Pierre Trudeau supposedly liberated us when he
said: "The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation." Now, however,
a squad of legal radicals goes from courtroom to courtroom with meticulous
synchronization, demanding that the state get right back into the bedroom.
Most Canadians believe we should be able to pursue any brand
of consensual sex we like, and form whatever relationships make us happy. And,
by equal measure, most secure gays and lesbians have no problem conceding that
heterosexuality is and always will be the human norm. This is a perfectly
civilized social contract. I strongly reject the activist mantra that we must
go further -- that our dignity and our relationships are somehow devalued
unless the state codifies same-sex marriage.
In its affidavit to support same-sex marriage, EGALE, a
leading Canadian gay and lesbian activist organization, contends that we will
forever remain marginalized and stigmatized unless gay marriage becomes law.
Nonsense. For most outwardly gay men, the essence of public life is, and will
always be, party, pageant and parade. Despite the impression you get from the
media, marriage barely shows up on our community's radar screen. Same-sex
nuptials are media events, not gay events. Most cool gays and lesbians just
roll their eyes and pray for a power failure.
I've heard the claim made that allowing us to wed will
moderate the libidinal excesses that dominate so many gay men's lives. That's
an odd argument to put forward in this political climate: Just let some
municipal politician or police official try interfering with our bathhouse sex
habits, then listen to the sonic cries of "homophobia" reverberate across the
In other words, the activist Rainbow crowd wants to have its
cake and eat it too: Its members want to keep their late-night lifestyle, but
also own the traditional institution of marriage.
Most gay people see the contradiction. Yet the gay marriage
juggernaut is unstoppable nonetheless.
Why? Perhaps the world's most quotable lesbian, Camille
Paglia, offers the best explanation with her scrumptiously succinct statement:
"If you don't swing with the Sodomites, you're nowheresville on the A-list."
Thus are legions of straight academics, politicians and activists eager to
jump on the fashionable gay-marriage bandwagon.
If only those wanna-be straights knew how most of us felt.
As for me, I'll be cleaning out my closet.
[COMMENT: Camille Paglia is a very vocal lesbian who, like McKeller,
sees through much of the homosexual nonsense. See two other articles by
John McKeller (1)
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