While Washington, D.C., and the American media have seen fit to take Idaho Senator Larry Craig to task for his misdemeanor guilty plea and subsequent attempt to withdraw it, there seems to be a convenient lack of discussion on why an otherwise seemingly well-adjusted, successful politician, who is married with children, would proposition a same-sex encounter in a public restroom. Is homosexual behavior the exclusive province of those who openly declare themselves to be "gay" or "lesbian," or is it simply an example of impulsive and imperfect human conduct?
In the legal arena, many groups attempting to further the homosexual agenda dodge this critical question. And the media will hardly touch it. But there it is: the elephant in the middle of the room that must be addressed, just as the Alliance Defense Fund has routinely done in its legal briefs defending marriage and the family. Political special interests filing lawsuits shouldn't trump what's in the best interest of families and children, who are affected by such things. This is the very issue that ADF and others are up against: the use of the courts to further an image that may not be reality and the ramifications that come from that when it comes to these issues.
For those of us who have been involved in these issues for years, the Senator Craig story portrays an actual and true sense of mainstream homosexual conduct. Those pushing the homosexual agenda, including their accomplices in the media, typically portray presentable and socially successful persons who have purportedly made a lifelong and stable commitment to another person of the same sex. Over time, the American people have been lulled into the belief that all persons engaged in homosexual behavior are open about, committed to, and comfortable with their choice. Such is why a growing number of heterosexual Americans are sympathetic to the perceived "rights" of those who engage in homosexual conduct.
Austin R. Nimocks is senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that has defended marriage and religious liberty in courts throughout the U.S.