Throwing the backlash off balance.It's the gayest season ever in America. The Supreme Court kicked it off on this side of the border with our biggest victory in 30 years, the Years, The
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le·git us. Just two weeks before the Supreme Court's pronouncement, a Canadian court declared that country's ban on gay marriage to be unconstitutional Then the Vatican poured more gasoline on the gay-straight debate by denouncing gay marriage as "deviant," "evil," and "gravely immoral"--words that are surely more appropriate to the Vatican's own coddling In cooking, to coddle food is to heat it in water kept just below the boiling point.
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With conservatives still reeling from the victory of the "homosexual agenda" at the Supreme Court, the tide of history quickly made itself felt again with the most improbable cultural event of the year: huge ratings on Bravo and NBC NBC
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Major U.S. commercial broadcasting company. It was formed in 1926 by RCA Corp., General Electric Co. (GE), and Westinghouse and was the first U.S. company to operate a broadcast network. for Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the show that finally dares to advertise the superior savoir faire of the gay man. (Not entirely coincidentally, General Electric, the corporate parent of NBC and Bravo, will finally catch up to 197 other Fortune 500 companies by belatedly offering domestic-partner benefits to its gay employees in January.) The high concept that there's nothing wrong with a backward straight guy that can't be cured by the sage advice of five gay men also won the Fab 5 a $1 million deal from publisher Clarkson Potter for a book that will carry the same title as the show. Talk about the instant power of a major new brand.
After so many triumphs we may all be tempted to declare ourselves the victors in the political and cultural wars over queerness in American. And it's true that the day of the Supreme Court's decision was the most hopeful moment since Bill Clinton was elected president after promising to lift an idiotic ban on lesbians and gays serving openly in the military.
Well, we all remember how that one ended. Eight months after Clinton was elected, Congress embraced the position of Sam Nunn and Colin Powell and enacted the disastrous policy of"don't ask, don't tell." (It was a very small consolation when the Chicago Sun-Times reported that nowadays Powell never misses an episode of Queer Eye.)
After last summer's successes it's particularly important to recall how the gays-in-the-military disaster unfolded. After Clinton's election we sat on our hands, savoring our victory: The only thing we managed to organize between November and January was a gay inaugural ball. But by January 20, 1993, the religious right had signed up a majority of the House and the Senate to prevent the promised reform of the Pentagon's policies.
Now, once again, the most visible energy in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision is on the right. Marriage is suddenly at the top of the national agenda, but our opponents are winning the early skirmishes. That's because only abortion rivals gay marriage as a galvanizing galvanizing, process of coating a metal, usually iron or steel, with a protective covering of zinc. Galvanized iron is prepared either by dipping iron, from which rust has been removed by the action of sulfuric acid, into molten zinc so that a thin layer of the zinc force among our enemies. As soon as Congress returned from summer recess, Republicans renewed their efforts to ram through a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, a measure that already has 75 cosponsors.
According to Gallup, between May and July the number of Americans who thought gay relationships should be legal dropped from 60% to 48%. Not surprisingly in a country where an astonishing a·ston·ish
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To fill with sudden wonder or amazement. See Synonyms at surprise. 83% of the population also say they believe in the virgin birth of Christ, the biggest drop in gay support was among churchgoers.
The lesson for us is simple: Although we've won the cultural wars on television and almost everywhere else, the political wars will never end. The newest rumor in Washington is that George W. Bush has privately told friends that his fondest hope is to find a way to ban adoptions by gays. As long as the Republican right controls Congress and the White House, all of our political victories will always be in jeopardy.