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What Is the Gay Rights Platform?


The Gay Rights Platform, which was formulated in in 1972 in Chicago, Illinois, demanded:1

1) The repeal of all laws prohibiting private sexual acts involving consenting persons
2) The repeal of all laws prohibiting prostitution, both male and female
3) The repeal of all laws governing the age of sexual consent
4) The repeal of all legislative provisions that restrict the sex or number of persons entering into a marriage unit; and the extension of legal benefits to all persons who cohabit, regardless of sex or numbers
5) The enactment of legislation that child custody, adoption, visitation rights, foster parenting and the like shall not be denied because of sexual orientation or marital status
6) The encouragement and support for sex education courses, prepared and taught by gay women and men, presenting homosexuality as a valid, healthy preference and a lifestyle that is a viable alternative to heterosexuality

Certainly this qualifies as an agenda. And this agenda was carefully followed by gay activists. These demands were an important part of the literature distributed at the 1987 March on Washington as well as the 1993 March on Washington—except that by 1993, several of these demands had already been met. Still, a list of the remaining demands was presented to Congress. This list included demands for:2

1) The recognition of same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships
2) Adoption of children by homosexual couples
3) The implementation of homosexual, bisexual and transgendered curricula at all levels of education
4) The repeal of all sodomy laws
5) The passage and implementation of graduated age-of-consent laws for sexual relations

Today many of these 1993 demands have been met. In fact, as a nation, we are on the verge of consenting to every one of the Gay Rights Platform’s original list of demands. But this consent is not the result of a national epiphany. It is the result of persistent gay lobbying in the media, and everywhere between the halls of government and the halls of our local public schools.3 Given this history, surely it is both fair and accurate to refer to a “gay agenda.”

 


1. Muehlenberg, Strained Relations, 85.
2. Ibid, 84.
3. “Who We Are.”

Works Cited

1. Muehlenberg, Bill. Strained Relations: The Challenge of Homosexuality. Melbourne: Culture Watch Books, 2014.
2. “Who We Are.” Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. Accessed June 12, 2014. http://glsen.org/learn/about-glsen .

 

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Author: Timothy Zebell, 2015