The Man Who Invented Gay Rights

By David Carter, Special to CNN

December 24, 2010 3:47 p.m. EST


President Obama shakes hands with Frank Kameny after extending benefits to same-sex partners of federal workers in 2009.


Editor's note: David Carter is the author of "Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution," the basis for the American Experience film "Stonewall Uprising" that will be shown on PBS in April. He is working on a biography of Frank Kameny.


The one main question that exists is concerning this legislated movement that was built upon the purported existence of a Gay Gene [Lying through their teeth that homosexuality was not a learned deviant behavior, but that it was genetic. So that a person predisposed to homosexuality can not help what they are programmed to be] as their rational for Gay Rights Super-citizenship through the Judicial and Legislation pen. Since the announcement in mid-2010 that after a decade of genetic research no gay gene exists; will all the laws and statues that have been put on the books on the basis of lies deceit and false information in Federal and State be nullified and or removed?

Gay rights is just one of an increasing number of unconstitutional laws that have been put on the books in the last three decades that create a class of Americans with what we call
Super-citizenship.That is a special unconstitutional rights giving one group of people rights above and beyond the rights of all other American citizens, a virtual legal trump card. Examples of this are feminism; black civil rights, hate crimes, gay rights, atheist rights, and now muslim rights.

This breech that has been created by socialist/progressive/liberals seeking the means to legislatively overthrow the US has become a roadmap for even Muslim Terrorists and the like to overthrow this nation as well.

New York (CNN) -- This week President Barack Obama signed into law the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," which banned gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. armed forces.


A seat at the front of the audience was reserved for 85-year-old
Frank Kameny, who attended wearing the Combat Infantryman Badge that he was awarded for his service in World War II. Kameny recalls his service fighting in the wake of the Battle of the Bulge by saying, "I dug my way across Europe slit trench by slit trench, practically."


But Kameny was not invited because of any heroism he demonstrated in World War II, but rather for a much greater act of courage than even that conflict had demanded of him. He was invited because it was Kameny who began the assault on the military policy of discharging homosexuals by leading a demonstration at the Pentagon in 1965.

Indeed, it was Kameny who called upon the minuscule pre-Stonewall gay rights movement -- known then as the homophile movement -- to model itself upon the civil rights movement.


This may not sound radical today, but in the mid-1960s homosexuality was seen as the ultimate taboo.
The sea change in American attitude towards Homosexuality, divorce, adultery, fornication and other kinds of deviancy can be traced directly to Television and Film were these former Vices were portrayed as acceptable and normal, while those that do not participate in these acts are increasingly depicted not only as bigoted hate mongers but as being abnormal. Many details of this are written and boasted of in the book ďThe Media.Ē††As the homophile [Manlove] movement stated, homosexuals were triply condemned: The medical establishment deemed them mentally ill, the law made them criminals, and religions branded them sinners.

At a time when lesbians and gay men were so totally ostracized, the homophile movement had decided its best tactic was to embrace the label of sickness: at least that seemed a half-step up from being criminals. But Kameny felt that such an approach was counterproductive, and that rather than begging for crumbs, gay people should demand equality with heterosexuals. To gain equality, he argued, the movement should renounce the sickness theory and embrace militant tactics.


Kameny succeeded to an astonishing degree. He led the fight for tactics such as public demonstrations, went on the attack against the Civil Service Commission for its policy of firing homosexuals and spearheaded an effort to get the homophile movement to take the position
that homosexuality was not only not a mental illness but was on a par with heterosexuality. In 1968, he got the only existing national association of gay rights organizations to adopt as its slogan a phrase that Kameny had coined, "Gay Is Good."
Kameny himself had been discharged from the Army Map Service in 1957 for being gay.


His relentless efforts paid off by not only making the homophile movement more militant but in changing laws and policies. In 1973, in response to a series of court decisions in which Kameny was involved, the Civil Service Commission announced that it was ending its ban on employing homosexuals.

 

Another thing to consider here: If this article had been on an different subject Ė for example if it were an article on the final success of a single individual that had restored prayer back into the public schools Ė That man or ministry would be hailed, for their devotion and dedication. They would be extolled for their perseverance in the face of adversity and this would be declared a great miracle of God.We point this out as this has been before our eyes, and ears a great working of satan.

 

If we had a small handful of believers in Jesus Christ, or even one individual, so loving and devoted to Christ; so perseverant in their seeking to do the word and commandments of Jesus Christ and the Apostles, so obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit, -- the outcome of this very article would be so different. Instead of this hands down victory of satan and the powers of darkness, what would it be like to read about one person turning around and entire nation, and making it a servant of Jesus Christ?


One man like Paul, Peter, Barnabas, or the other Apostles. One man like Enoch, Noah, Abram, or Jacob.One man like the prophets of old. One man like John Wesley, George Fox, George Whitfield, or John Graham Lake.

 

The problem is not that Godís hand has waxed short in our day, rather the problem is that the men and women of this Laodicean Era are seekers of personal pleasure, personal enrichment, and personal fulfillment more than they are lovers of God. No believer no matter how you dress them up in knowledge of the word of God and of things spiritual can succeed in God if they still have one hand, one leg, or one arm that loves the things of this world.

 

Make no mistake despite all this manís efforts and undaunting perseverance this article would have never come to pass had not this people and this generation become lovers of God more than lovers of pleasure.

Luke 8:5-7 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed -- and some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.

Luke 8:10-14 And He (Jesus) said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: -- And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

These were rendered fruitless. These traded their incorruptible seed, their inheritance given to them from Jesus Christ even as Eve in the garden traded her heavenly inheritance for the taste of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil that was so sweet to the lips and tongue but so bitter in her belly.

These traded the light and holiness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for a corruptible bowl of lentils even as Esau did.

What has not been taught, what has not been said in to this generation is that the love of the world is at enmity with God.That those that sow to the flesh sow unto themselves the pleasure and riches of this world and eternal damnation and death. Those that take the incorruptible glory of God and treat it as a common thing, these tread upon the blood of Christ.

Many have said in their hearts if only I had been back in the Garden in the beginning I would have never traded my heavenly birthright, I would have never made any deal with the devil and partaken of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and that if I had been there man would have never fallen into sin.The truth is that Jesus Christís death on the cross as the second and the last Adam, and His being raised from the death by the father opened a way that all men that are made partakers of Christís inheritance are also brought into that same state of Adam in the Garden before the fall. And to your shame, and the dishonor of Jesus Christ and His blood you already have done exactly what Eve and Esau did.

You have as Peter and the Apostles have betrayed Jesus Christ the Lord of Glory by abandoning Him and handing His incorruptible gift into the hands of sinful men and demons.

The nagging question of this ever power hungry, wealth and comfort seeking generation is the cry of the Rich Young Ruler who thought to himself that he had everything in God, just as the Laodiceans. What lack I yet? You lack a severance from the thorns of this life, you lack severance from the cares, riches and pleasures of this world. You lack the 40 days of the fastings, and the deep repentance of the Apostals until they broke before God knowing once and for all that they were sinful and corrupt, that no good thing dwelled in their flesh, and that they had committed the most grievous sin possible against Godís only Son, the Lord of Glory. The results were broken men that could and would never lift their head, and their ministry, that ever recoiled from the riches, the comforts, and the pleasures of this world.And instead lived as the prophets of Old and the teaching Levites with no certain home and always on the move from community to community accepting no tithes or offering, just food, and shelter until they moved on elsewhere.

These were richly fruitful boughs hanging over the wall before God to taste of.This is the way, walk ye in it and prove the Lord eating of His bounty that money can not buy. ††

2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end (Their final judgment before God) is worse with them than the beginning.


That same year the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental illness as the result of a drive organized by Kameny. Long before the Supreme Court declared sodomy laws unconstitutional in the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas ruling, Kameny had crafted strong legal arguments for overturning such laws, including the first brief submitted to the Supreme Court for nondiscrimination against gay people, filed by Kameny in 1961.


While waging all these other battles, Kameny did not shirk the Pentagon. To give but one example, when a decorated Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War reached out to Kameny for support with a phone call from Florida in 1974, Kameny mentioned that he was looking for a military test case to take to the Supreme Court. Kameny was seeking someone with a model record who had been kicked out of the military simply for being homosexual.


Months later, the Air Force veteran volunteered to serve as that case. In 1975, carefully coached and prepared by Kameny and a lawyer, Technical Sgt. Leonard Matlovich handed a letter to his superior officer stating that he was a homosexual, and the Matlovich case became a national news story.


Still, success in ending the military's discriminatory policy eluded the combined efforts of Kameny and hundreds of other activists and a slew of organizations until this week. Asked why it had taken so long to change the military's policy, Kameny responded that it was a policy that went back to George Washington's day.


Where does this leave the national movement for equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and the transgendered? Many would probably say that the biggest remaining LGBT issue is the right to marry.


But what most Americans, gay or straight, do not realize is that if a lesbian is fired from her job or thrown out of her apartment by her landlord or denied credit because of her sexual orientation, she cannot go to the federal government for redress. The reason she can't is because 60 years after gay people began to fight for their rights, Congress has not extended basic civil rights protection to LGBT people.


Not only has Congress failed to pass a comprehensive law that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation -- protecting us in the realms of housing, employment, public accommodations and credit, for example -- but, to its shame, Congress has not even passed a much narrower law, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, that would have given LGBT people protection only in the realm of employment.


Of course, the right to marry is an important issue, but it is high time that Congress pass a law to extend civil rights that are more basic than marriage to LGBT citizens.


Today, Washington has named a street for Frank Kameny and his 1965 picket signs are in the Smithsonian Institution, (This is outrageous) but if Congress were to pass basic civil rights protection for America's LGBT citizens, it would be the greatest tribute yet to Kameny's pioneering work.