The Sky Has Not Fallen (September 1, 2005)
The sky has not fallen since gay marriage become legal by judicial decree. This is grandiose phrase the sky has not fallen has been often repeated by advocates of gay marriage. There has been no catastrophic event since allowing gay couples to marry, but there has been a profound dramatic consequence that has longer-term effects on our society. Gay marriage validates, affirms, normalizes, and legitimatizes homosexual behavior.
Once again it is important to understand that not all homosexual advocate and support gay marriage. This ideological division is described as assimilation and sexual liberation. The following quote from the book Beyond the Closet that was published in 2002 provides a very good description of these two opposing ideologies among homosexuals.
As the closet became the defining reality for many gay Americans, a political movement took shape that challenged this condition. This movement was and still is divided between, roughly speaking, a liberationist and an assimilationist ideology and agenda.
If assimilationists aim to broaden the notion of the good sexual citizen to include homosexuals, liberationists challenge this ideal. If the norm of the good sexual citizen defines sex exclusively as a private act, liberationists defend public forms of sexuality (for example, sex in parks, tearooms, or bathhouses); if the ideal sexual citizen is gender conventional, liberationists aim to scramble gender norms such that being active or passive, aggressive or submissive, is not coded as masculine or feminine; if the good sexual citizen tightly binds sex to love or intimacy, liberationists relax the bond, allowing for legitimate sex within and without intimacy; if the ideal sexual citizen is married, liberationist advocate either the end of state regulation of adult intimate relationships or state recognition of a diversity of families. In short, assimilationionist want homosexuals to be recognized and accepted as good sexual citizens; liberationists challenge the sexual norms associated with this ideal. (Seidman, Beyond the Closet, p.173)
Gay marriage validates, affirms, normalizes, and legitimatizes homosexual behavior. What are some these homosexual behaviors? The best place to find descriptions and consequences of these behaviors is the gay popular media of books, articles, web sites. On the internet, A Window Media Publication, publishes online versions of newspapers from New York (Blade) Washington D.C. (Blade) Atlanta (Southern Voice), Houston (Voice), Southern Florida (Express Gay News). These online newspapers are updated each Friday. The online version of the Advocate is updated daily. On its site is this phrase, The Award-Winning LBGT News Magazine. Many similar articles may also be read on the online version of Bay Windows a homosexual newspaper found here in Massachusetts. The information about theses following homosexual behaviors, circuit parties and barebacking comes from homosexual sources. Two of these articles cited are found in The Gay and Lesbian Review/ Worldwide (until 1999 this journal was The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review) The Sociology of Barebacking published in Jan.-Feb. 2005 and The Circuit Party’s Faustian Bargain, published July-August, 2005.
Circuit parties are weekend-long, erotically-charged, drug-fueled gay dance events held in resort towns across the country. There’s at least one major circuit party every month somewhere in the U.S. - New York’s Black Party, South Beach’s White Party, Montreal’s Black and Blue Party, and so on - and people travel far and wide to take part. The parties are attended by up to 25,000 gay and bisexual men, who socialize continuously for periods up to and sometimes exceeding 24 hours. (Ghaziani, The Circuit Party’s Faustian Bargain, p. 21)
It is well known, both anecdotally and through research, that drug use is widespread at circuit parties. Studies indicate that club drugs are consumed by about 95 percent of party attendees (Mansergh, 2001). Indeed drug use is incorporated into the settings as integral part of circuit culture. Of those who report taking drugs, 61 percent report using three or four different types of drugs per party. Multiple drug use is thus the norm. The most commonly used drugs are ectasy, crystal meth, GB, cocaine, and ketamine. (Ghaziani, The Circuit Party’s Faustian Bargain, p. 22)
Research about the circuit, oriented toward public health, makes similar interpretations - particularly around the relationship between drug use, unsafe sex, and HIV seroconversion (Brown, 2001; Colfax et al., 2001; Lewis and Ross, 1995a, 1995b; Mansergh et al., 2001, Mattison et al., 2001). Overall, this body of research frames the circuit as a site of danger, suggesting public health officials need to consider developing appropriate intervention and education strategies to help combat the spread of HIV. (Westhaver, Coming Out of Your Skin’: Circuit Parties, Pleasure, and the Subject, p.353)
Unprotected anal intercourse is variously referred to as barebacking, raw sex,natural sex, uninhibited sex. (Shernoff, The Sociology of Barebacking, p. 33)
But after more than two decades of safer sex messages and tens of thousands of deaths, many gay men are returning to sexual behaviors more commonly seen before the onset of the epidemic by having unprotected anal intercourse (UAI). ( Shernoff, The Sociology of Barebacking, p. 33)
The increase in UAI in the United States has given rise to a significant increase in the number HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM). At the 2003 National HIV Prevention Conference, the Centers for Disease Control reported that the number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV climbed for the third consecutive year. (Shernoff, The Sociology of Barebacking, p. 33)
Circuit parties and barebacking are not generally associated with those homosexuals who advocate for "assimilation," but of those homosexuals advocating for sexual liberation." Gay marriage validates, affirms, normalizes, and legitimatizes homosexual behavior.