LGBT activists don’t want to march to the same old tune

We are told that gay people just want marriage, like any other couple – but we have heard US activist Michelangelo Signorile urge gays “to fight for same-sex marriage and its benefits and then, once granted, redefine the institution of marriage completely”. The Sydney Writers’ Festival in 2012 heard from lesbian activist Masha Gessen that “Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there. Because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change. And that is a lie.”

This refusal to march to the same tune in marriage is symbolised by the refusal of LGBT activists to march to the same tune in the military.

Boston's annual St Patrick's Day parade has traditionally been an opportunity for those who served in the armed forces to march side by side, in a display of unity.

But LGBTQ veterans were not interested in a display of solidarity with their comrades. OutVets is a group of LGBTQ veterans who decided they wanted to march under the rainbow flag, in direct violation of the Allied War Veterans Council’s rules that there be no advertisement or display of any agenda or ideology. No other group is permitted to display their flag or logo of choice. Not the women who have served in the military. Not international service men and women, who would love to proudly wave their own flag. Not African Americans (There was no 'Black Lives Matter' flag) and not the LGBTQ community.

Of course, the only group who took issue with this rule, was the LGBTQ community, who defied the rules and chose to march with their rainbow flag.

So, instead of a powerful display of unity, showing that all members of the military are equal, the LGBTQ community chose to create division.

The march became a display of who is attracted to people of the same sex and who is not.

OutVets, in a Facebook post, said, "We served our country with honor and distinction. But even after bringing honor to this parade, this community, and to all those who have served, we fight every day to be treated with the basic dignity that comes with service to country."

So standing side by side with their comrades is not enough, the LGBTQ community MUST be given the power to defy authority and create division.

Think it won’t happen here? It already has. In this year’s annual Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the Australian military marched wearing “a rainbow-coloured Army Pride lapel pin.

“The official pin features the iconic Rising Sun badge wrapped in the rainbow colours of the same sex marriage campaign.

“It is a blatantly political symbol, disrespecting the Anzac spirit in order to make a contentious political point, in direct contravention of official Army guidelines in place since 1903 to protect Australian Army emblems.” - Miranda Devine.

The rules clearly state the rising sun badge “cannot be redrawn, recoloured, renamed, modified, cropped, rotated, manipulated or altered in any way...or used a part of a new logo”.

The rules simply do not apply to the serious LGBTQ activists, who are prepared, like Gessen, to lie about what they intend to do with marriage..

Do you really think the rules won’t change once they get to march in the marriage parade – and “radically redefine it”, like Signorile says?

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