a reply to: TheJourney
Because even in the USA as late as 2003 [and still currently in some places (North New Orleans)] Sodomy laws were still in effect.
Sodomy laws have been used for centuries against men and women but mostly men to punish for homosexual behaviors and acts. For many of those
centuries, the punishment for sodomy was death. Thomas Jefferson tried to get the penalty reduced in Virginia to mutilation (castration for men,
cutting a chock of the bridge of the nose for women) but that didn't fly because it was too lenient.
Anyone younger than about 30 probably has little idea of "how it was" even in this country a few short years ago. I'm 49. I can remember the first
time I saw the word "gay" on the headline of the Atlanta Journal Constitution ... and I gasped because, well ... we just didn't talk about that in
THAT is one the main reasons why activists have pointed to our sexual orientation being an innate, inborn, inherited feature of ourselves that we have
no control over. As gays and lesbians (and bisexuals, trans*, queer, and the rest of the merry band) as we were allowed simply to "be" in public, to
open up our lives to people (coming out), it became ever more obvious (for many) that there was nothing backwards, or perverse, or sick, or deranged
about being homosexual ... and most importantly, NOT HARMFUL TO SOCIETY AT LARGE OR TO ANY INDIVIDUAL.
That is the main difference between homosexuality and pedophilia (child abuse). We realized, culturally, that homosexuals who acted on their innate
feelings and desires do not cause automatically harm between competent consenting adults ... it's just, a different way to live. Totally opposite to
pedophilia which always causes harm because it involves a victim that literally cannot give consent.
"They can't help who they are" became a societal pry-bar to start to remove centuries of inaccurate societal beliefs about gays and lesbians.
NOW, we've come a long way, baby ... in some ways ... and folks are a lot more aware of all the complexities of sex, sexuality, gender, gender
identity, etc. It is no longer (and will never be again) just a question of "gay or straight."
However, the battle for equality is not over. Witness the lunatic in CA who wants a Proposition permitting any citizen to shoot anyone they believe
to be gay or lesbian in the head. Yes, it's insane and most of us understand that.
But he is not alone. That message still gets preached from pulpits and political stumps, and kids still get beaten and wired to old fences in the
middle of nowhere and are left to die.
Anyway, just a thought.
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