GLEN COVE, NY — Homosexuals are everywhere, organized,
and politically effective. The conventional wisdom is that, until a
generation or two ago, there were just as many homosexuals but they
were secret ones. Under this theory, more enlightened tolerance allowed
them to assert themselves and demand acceptance. The problem with this
conventional wisdom is that it offers no explanation of the mechanism
by which the greater tolerance of homosexuality arose.
A more probable theory is that the numbers increased, bringing about
increased familiarity with homosexuals and increased political pressure
to bestow public approval on their conduct.
Sex has two purposes: to unite two people and to procreate. These
two purposes are intended to be encompassed in the single act. Homosexuality
violates the second purpose. If the public imagination accepts the
separation of the two purposes, then people will be more inclined to
behave accordingly. If procreation is not part of the process of uniting
two people in a sex act, people could lose their reason for confining
their choice of a partner to the opposite sex.
Between the two World Wars, Protestants abandoned traditional morality
and embraced contraception. They justified this decision on the basis
that it would free women from childbearing. Instead, what it did was
to rob women of half of the psychological component of sex.
This development, however, did not end the process. The late twentieth
century brought us children without sex. Babies could be manufactured
in laboratories, even be implanted in the wombs of virgins. Lesbians
could have children with anonymous fathers. Homosexuals could have
babies without ever physically touching the mother. The separation
of the two purposes of sex was complete.
The common understanding did not change overnight. Gradually, however,
especially in sophisticated circles, people began to regard babies
and sexual pleasure as unrelated. Furthermore, they began to think
of sexual pleasure as unrelated to a lasting union, especially one
intended for the healthy raising and education of children.
Once this groundwork was laid, these sophisticated people began to
think of homosexuality as just another preference, like denim or silk,
or short skirts or jumpsuits. As the natural barrier between homosexuality
and heterosexuality began to be dismantled, an industry arose to teach
people how to have “good” sex. Psychiatrist Thomas Szasz
explained that this was nonsense, like trying to teach people who liked
vanilla ice cream to like chocolate ice cream instead [Sex
by Prescription: The Startling Truth about Today’s Sex Therapy. Syracuse, New
York: Syracuse University Press. (1980).] Fragmenting sex and making
favorable and unfavorable judgments about the fragments further diminished
the bright line between procreative sex and sterile sex.
The American Psychiatric Association added to the decline when it
decided that homosexuality was no longer a disorder.
With the societal and psychological barriers against homosexuality
banished, the number of homosexuals increased. They became a powerful
pressure group seeking to outlaw the normal instinct against deliberately
If the ruling class had not embraced contraception, and if the scientists
had not engaged in Frankenstein-like experiments, it is probable that
this dehumanizing situation would not have happened.
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Charles G. Mills is the Judge Advocate or general counsel for the
New York State American Legion. He has forty years of experience in
many trial and appellate courts and has published several articles
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