How Many People in America are Gay? Does it Matter?
Here’s a quiz for you: What percentage of the American population self-identifies as homosexual?
Think about it. With the massive effort to create homosexual rights, the media reporting every time a person announces to the world that he or she is gay, and all the other hype shoved at each day. What massive, enormous percentage of the American population is languishing under our archaic laws preventing them from marrying?
It must be massive, right? I has to be. People are being fired from their jobs for refusing to support the homosexual lifestyle. Businesses are being shut down because the owners are Christians that refuse to violate their religious convictions. Other Christians are being charged and convicted with hate-crimes for adhering to their convictions that marriage is between one woman and one man.
Surely the percentage of the American population that is homosexual is not just very large, but growing.
Television shows with gay characters is at an all-time high. We’re a long way from the days of “Will and Grace” and Seinfeld’s “not that there’s anything wrong with that.” We now have homosexual behavior being acted out on our televisions. And major American companies such as Burger King are even jumping into the conversation with their rainbow Whopper to show their support. Because, you know, making good food just isn’t enough anymore. (Oh look, there’s a Chick-Fil-A, pull over.)
So the percentage of Americans that self-identify as gay must be big because that’s the only way to justify what we are seeing in our culture. We’re watching the gay agenda steamroll everyone into support with threats of firing, convictions, and public vilifying. It’s not just about rights or equality anymore (not that it ever was), it’s not even about tolerance anymore. Homosexuals don’t want us to merely tolerate and respect their lifestyle, they want all of us to celebrate and affirm that their lifestyle is good, moral, and wonderful.
With this being the case the percentage of Americans that self-identify as homosexual must be large enough to justify what’s taking place, right?
Less than 3%.
Yep, you read that correctly. The latest poll reveals that less than 3% self-identify as LGBT. In fact, only 1.6% identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7% as bisexual. That’s a mere 2.3% that identify as LGB; a mere 7-8 million of America’s more than 300 million people. The Washington Post reports:
“The National Health Interview Survey, which is the government’s premier tool for annually assessing Americans’ health and behaviors, found that 1.6 percent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent consider themselves bisexual. The overwhelming majority of adults, 96.6 percent, labeled themselves as straight in the 2013 survey.”
Nearly 97% of Americans self-identify as straight and yet this very small, nearly non-existent fraction of the population seems to be dictating to everyone else what is and is not acceptable in our culture. So much for democracy.
The fact that the percentage is so tiny makes another statistic even more startling. An article at WND reminds us that marriage is being redefined not by the people, but by activist judges:
“The list of states that define marriage as between a man and a woman keeps getting shorter, thanks to activist judges that have disregarded years of legal precedent and struck down laws that don’t fit their personal agenda…Thirteen states have had their marriage laws overturned by a federal court, and in many cases, such as in Indiana, a single judge made the decision.”
In each of these 13 states it was not a decision of the people to redefine marriage, it was one federal judge overstepping his or her bounds and ruling from the bench. This is a shocking abuse of power our Founders sought to guard against. But, when our president circumvents Congress and rules by executive order rather than respecting the separation of powers, what can you expect?
Surely you must be asking yourself why such a very small group of people are having such a significant impact on our culture and political landscape.
The answer is complicated with many parts. But the short, Reader’s Digest version is that this isn’t really about LGBT rights or equality at all. Maybe at the beginning it was, and perhaps for some it still is. But for the larger segment of those seeking to redefine marriage this is about control. Sadly, many helping to secure LGBT rights will be harmed or left reeling in the wake of those with far more devious aspirations.
At the heart of what is taking place is the desire to not just redefine marriage, but to eradicate it. More than one LGBT activist has said the ultimate goal is to erase marriage altogether. And, if marriage does not exist, neither does family. If it’s not important for children to have a mother AND a father, maybe it’s not important for them to have a mother OR a father. Maybe all children need is a loving person that will take responsibility for raising the child. Redefine marriage and you can redefine the family. Redefine the family and you can make it into anything you want, including a vehicle for supplying society with “well-adjusted” adults capable of contributing to society as productive members.
We are seeing sex, sexuality, gender, and marriage redefined before our eyes. They are being reduced to choice, preference, and a state of mind. The logical progression in this plan is to see family reduced in the same way until it is no longer recognizable. The role of parents will be, as it is now, downplayed; while the role of government, in the form of teachers, doctors, and lawmakers is enhanced.
A group that is famous for not wanting to be bullied has become the biggest bullies of American culture and citizens. Whether they grew tired of seeking tolerance or never really sought it to begin with, I don’t know. But it is evident now that tolerance is off the table and complete acceptance and celebration is the new demand. We now have to ask ourselves if our morality is negotiable.