Encouraged by President Barack Obama’s somewhat cryptic forecast of “change we can believe in,” an aggressive and well-financed homosexual movement is sweeping the country and pushing hard to ram a socially radical, immoral agenda down America’s throat.

Its advocates have couched homosexuality as a rights-based movement and they have demanded, bribed and extorted from weak-willed and ill-informed state and federal politicians an inapplicable definition of equality not actually provided by law. In point of fact, there is no such thing as either a constitutional or statutory right based on sexual theater.

Using the 14th Amendment as their legal predicate, homosexuals proffer a straw-man argument. The 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause does not guarantee individual liberties. Rather, it demands equal application of the law, and that is a very important distinction. If two homosexuals are denied a marriage license in a state where same-sex unions are prohibited, it is not discrimination if two same-gender heterosexuals are likewise denied a marriage license. Then the law has been applied equally and it has nothing to do with who is attracted to whom.

Marriage laws do not say homosexuals can’t marry; they say same-gender couples can’t marry. Marriage is not a right and most states restrict marriage in a number of ways that have nothing to do with sexual orientation; e.g., two children can’t marry; close relatives can’t marry; you can’t marry to assist in immigration; and you can’t marry more than one spouse at a time. So denying homosexuals a marriage license is no more discriminatory than denying driving licenses to the blind. It’s simply common sense and has nothing to do with equality.

Denying homosexuals the right to practice perversion openly in the armed services is not discriminatory, especially when there is no such thing as a “right” to be in the military. If military service is a right, and everybody who wants to serve should be in uniform, then the Pentagon should admit everyone.

This country needs to apply the same answer to homosexuals as it does in the war on drugs. If it isn’t appropriate, if it isn’t desirable, if it rubs society’s fur the wrong way, if it’s morally reprehensible, we need to have the backbone to “just say no” to the homosexual agenda regardless of how many demands they make to force public affirmation of their lifestyle.

After all, need we sacrifice our national identity and moral character for a president who is only a temp hire anyway? Obama is fond of using his mantra, “Yes, we can.” When it comes to “don’t ask, don’t tell,” our military leaders need to man up and tell Obama, “No, you can’t.”

Lt. Col. Joe A. Putnam (retired)

Oklahoma City

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