The AIDS crisis, ergo gay marriage?
I was astonished to learn that the HIV denialists are still in business. If HIV was not the cause of AIDS, how is it that the triple coctail of anti-HIV drugs has been so successful in prolonging the lives of people living with the condition? It is most unfortunate that the the South African government has bought into the denialist fantasies, bringing unnecessary death and suffering to the citizens of that country.
Let me turn to another aspect. In an op-ed in the NY Times of June 4, Jonathan Rauch has made a novel claim. He holds that the gay-marriage movement was a response to the AIDS crisis. It is true that the gay-marriage idea existed earlier--Rauch mentions the failed effort of two Minnesota men to obtain a licence to wed in 1970--but the big push for gay marriage did not begin until the early nineties, a decade after the first reports of AIDS.
This is an interesting claim, but is it more than post-hoc, propter hoc? After all, the Republican takeover of Congress began about the same time (in 1994), but no one would conclude that this development had anything to with AIDS.
Among same-sex people AIDS affects primarily gay men. If a desire to flee AIDS and the underlying "culture of promiscuity and alienation" was a major factor, why is it that lesbians have rallied in disproportionate numbers to gay marriage? I take strong exception to Rauch's echoing of homophobic propaganda when he speaks of gay life sans marriage as a "culture of death." Shame on you Jonathan Rauch.
Supposing McConnell and Baker, the Minnesota gay men, had been successful in marrying in 1970, and then gay marriage spread throughout the land. Does anyone think that we would not subsequently have had an AIDS crisis?
The "culture of promiscuity" is the culture of men, who are biologically programmed to seek as many partners as possible. In Africa HIV/AIDS is primarily a heterosexual phenomenon. Would gay marriage have stalled the progress of the disease on that continent.
Today, the gay marriage movement is on the ropes. It is going nowhere. The reason is the notion that so many gay activists seem to hold, that same-sex marriage is simply an entitlement. "We want our rights, and we want them now." This strategy has not worked, because the American people do not respond favorably to coercion. Rauch's claim must be viewed as a last-ditch effort to find reasons for a cause that has stalled and is now, to all intents and purposes, out of commission.
I have indicated previously why Massachusetts does not have gay marriage on a par with heterosexual marriage. In the unlikely event that our high court in New York
decides in favor of SSM, we will not have it here either.