McMINNVILLE, Ore. (BP)–Don’t look now, but the most recent effort to portray homosexuality as normal, natural and healthy is underway courtesy of CBS. The network’s current installment of “The Amazing Race,” a reality program that features 12 couples/teams racing around the world in a quest for a million-dollar prize, touts one same-sex pair as “The Married Couple.”

According to a report on WorldNetDaily, a CBS spokesperson is quoted as saying, “Yes, they are a married, gay couple…. They are married and they’re gay. Is there an issue?”

Well, one issue is that “gay marriage” per se does not exist anywhere in the United States. Vermont has sanctioned what it calls “civil unions” and California and Hawaii have approved laws extending benefits to domestic partners. It should be noted that each of the aforementioned relationship agreements also are open to heterosexuals, so there is no jurisdiction in America that has recognized homosexual unions as an equivalent to traditional marriage between a man and a woman.

What motive could CBS possibly have for promoting such an obvious distortion? One is to curry favor with the homosexual community known for its loyalty to corporations that cater to them. As a group, homosexuals have a per capita income that significantly outpaces straight Americans. The obvious result: They are a lucrative marketing target for many companies. Another reason for CBS trumpeting a “married” homosexual couple is the advancement of the homosexual community’s most-prized goal — to be celebrated as a legitimate lifestyle.

In the beginning, the homosexual rights movement used the term “alternative lifestyle” to describe homosexual relationships and its various mutations (now the big tent of alternative lifestyles includes homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered). However, in recent years homosexual activists have all but ceased using the term “alternative” to categorize their lifestyle. The preferred word of homosexual activists now is “legitimate.” The word alternative implies a choice between two mutually exclusive possibilities. Legitimacy conveys the idea of falling into established and accepted patterns.

Which brings us to homosexual “marriage.” Homosexual rights activists desperately want homosexual unions sanctioned and celebrated in the same manner as heterosexual matrimony. Why? So they — the activists — can feel good about their lifestyle. They want society to approve of their relationships as legitimate and not merely as an alternative. Homosexual marriage is about self-esteem and not the good of society.

Homosexual activists have worked hard to steer mainstream discussions of homosexuality away from sex and on to the issue of love. The argument has thus become that if two people love each other — gender being irrelevant — they should be allowed to marry. However, if love is the sole criteria for marriage, then why limit it to only two people? Why not three, four or more, if they all love each other? Why even limit it to people? If a person loves his or her pet, why not alow that individual to marry his or her animal? While this seems far-fetched to the sane among us, I have in my files a news story about a man who claims he is married to his dog.

The truth is homosexuality is about sex. An individual, for whatever reason, chooses to define his or her identity around a sexual preference. If you don’t believe that homosexuality is primarily about sex, simply pick up any publication marketed exclusively to a homosexual audience. You don’t have to read any articles. All you have to do is flip to the back quarter of the publication and peruse the advertisements. Without fail you will find numerous ads touting sexual encounters. Included in many publications are advertisements for trips to foreign countries implying possible liaisons with “young boys.”

If homosexuality is not primarily about sex, then why was there so much concern about an April gathering of 30,000 homosexuals in California? According to The Los Angeles Times, the “White Party,” a homosexual festival held in Palm Springs, had public health officials worried that the gathering would help to fan an epidemic of sexually transmitted disease. If homosexuality is not mainly about sex, then why should a gathering of people over a couple of days spark concerns about STDs?

Don’t be fooled by CBS’ attempt — or any attempt for that matter — to legitimize homosexuality. Tammy Bruce, in her book “The Death of Right and Wrong,” wrote, “Instead of being about tolerance and equal treatment under the law, today’s gay movement, in the hands of extremists, now uses the language of rights to demand acceptance of the depraved, the damaged, and malignantly narcissistic.” Homosexuals need help, not the legitimizing of their lifestyle.
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Kelly Boggs is pastor of Valley Baptist Church in McMinnville, Ore. His column appears weekly in Baptist Press.