Past and present civil rights
& bisexual (LGB) issues.
All viewpoints covered.
In this website and just about everywhere else, "LGBT" refers to the
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender/Transsexual community.
The term "homosexual" in this section is used in its medical sense. It
refers to persons who have a homosexual orientation. That is, they
sexually attracted only to persons of the same sex. Unfortunately,
term is now being considered pejorative by some
in the LGBT
Many years ago, we titled this section "homosexuality and bisexuality."
We are gradually converting the titles of essays in this section over
to "lesbian, gay and bisexual" topics. These are more neutral terms,
at least for now.
1, By R. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in his book "Homosexuality and the Bible." 2005:
"Homosexuality is now the most controversial issue of debate in American culture — and it is likely to stay that way for a long time. Once famously described as “the love that dares not speak its name,” homosexuality is now openly discussed and debated throughout American society. 4
Dr. Mohler made this comment in 2005, one year after private, consensual same-gender sexual behavior was decriminalized across the U.S., and one decade before marriage was extended to same-sex couples nationwide except for the territory of American Samoa. Both changes resulted from decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court.
When this menu was most recently updated during 2019-AUG, homosexuality remains a "controversial issue of debate." However, with the the ruling of the U.S. Supreme
Court in the case Obergefell v. Hodges which
legalizing gay marriage throughout the U.S. (except for American Samoa) it has diminished somewhat in importance. A debate that is now rapidly rising in importance concerns equal rights for transgender individuals.
2. The main difference between sexual orientation and gender identity:
3. An article on the evangelical web site: OneNewsNow.com:
On 2019-AUG-09, Steve Jordahl wrote an article: "A theory on slippery slope from faith to liberal bliss." It discussed several prominent Christian leaders who have abandoned some of the Bible's discriminatory teachings and have instead promoted the Golden Rule by refusing to discriminate against women and minorities.
The main author of this web site submitted the first reader comment to the One News Now article. It states:
"It is important to realize that the Bible was written by humans in ancient times and reflected the culture of that time, which was anti-women, pro-execution for sexually active never-married women, anti-LGB persons, pro human slavery, and anti-transgender persons. Further, Noah's Curse of Ham was once interpreted as meaning that black-skinned people were eternally cursed to be slaves; this was the original root cause of racism.
Over the past century, slavery has been abolished in the U.S., Canada, etc.; women have been given the vote, are now often permitted to become clergy, etc., and are now generally treated as equals; LGB persons are now becoming recognized as having one of three normal and natural sexual orientations caused by epigenetics -- a layer on top of their DNA that turns various genes on and off; transgender persons have generally been found to have a male body and female brain structures or vice versa; skin color is now recognized as being caused by a very few genes out of over 20,000 human genes in our DNA. In short, we are beginning to ignore much of the Bible's treatment of women and minorities, and giving increased weight to its Golden Rule."
Very few of the comments I have submitted to articles in evengelical web sites ever see the light of day. I expecting that this comment will not be published.
During the early 21st century, the most controversial religious topic in North America related to the LGB community was marriage equality -- allowing qualified same-sex couples to marry, limited only by the same age and genetic restrictions that are in place for opposite-sex couples. This is discussed in a separate section of this web site.
During mid-2005, the federal government in Canada legalized such marriages across the entire country.
A decade later, on 2015-JUN-26, the U.S. Supreme Court made a major ruling in the case Obergefell v. Hodges. For the first time, same-sex couples were able to obtain marriage licenses across almost the entire United States -- all 50 states, 4 of 5 territories and the District of Columbia. For a while, some county clerks refused to issue licenses to same-sex couples. This forced the couples to travel to an adjacent county to obtain a license. As of 2019 the exceptions were:
The territory of American Samoa where most of the population are regarded as American residents, not American citizens. Thus rulings by the High Court do not necessarily apply there.
Some Native American jurisdictions where Native tribes are given jurisdiction over certain cultural matters.
As of mid-2019, all county clerks appear to be issuing licenses to same-sex couples. At least, no refusals have been discussed recently in the media. Even if a couple is refused a marriage license by one clerk, they can usually travel to an adjacent county in their state to obtain one.
Almost immediately after the High Court's ruling, those conservative religious and political groups that had worked to prevent marriage equality for the LGBT community switched from fighting gay marriage to concentrate their efforts at:
Although marriage equality was a major social change, some same-sex couples have been married one day only to find themselves legally fired from their jobs on the next.
Pro-equality groups have shifted their efforts to expanding equality to these other areas by passing state laws prohibiting discrimination.