Shouldn’t homosexuals have rights, too?

Homosexual persons are entitled to human rights in the same way that heterosexual persons are.

Equality of persons does not mean equality of acts.1 When homosexual activists lobby for equality of homosexual persons and heterosexual persons, they are, in fact, arguing that homosexual conduct should not be treated any less favourably than heterosexual conduct. However, this cannot be, as it disregards the differences between homosexual and heterosexual conduct and relationships, and the consequences of homosexual conduct on society at large (see Qn.9, 25 & 26).

The right to exercise freedom of will does not mean an absence of consequences resulting from one’s choice of actions. It is important to exercise conventional wisdom when discussing the philosophy of rights: What is permissible is not always beneficial.2 This can be seen in the adverse consequences of sexual activity – whether homosexual or heterosexual – outside of the protective boundaries of marriage as intended and ordained by God.

According human rights does not mean providing every legal right. According equal legal rights to homosexual persons appears at first glance to place them on equal footing as heterosexual persons. However, it actually serves to privilege homosexual persons as a protected class because they would enjoy the special rights to marry persons of the same sex and thereby receive the same legal benefits as a heterosexual married couple, and to be recognized as a family unit with the right to adopt children despite both parents being of the same sex.

In order to create public perception that they represent a significant minority whose interests should legitimately be allowed to alter social norms and the law, homosexual activists would frequently cite a figure of up to 10% of the population identifying as homosexual.3, 4 To the contrary, less than 3% identify themselves as LGBT:

  • The National Health Interview Survey, which is the U.S. government’s premier tool for annually assessing Americans’ health and behaviours, found that 1.6% of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian and 0.7% consider themselves bisexual.5
  • 2.4% of adults in London identify themselves as Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual, with the figure falling to 1.5% in the rest of the UK.6
  • 1.2% of Australian adults identified as homosexual.7

Despite being a very small minority, homosexual activists and their sympathisers have met with great success and gained vast global recognition for their movement in the past decade alone, largely due to their comprehensive and united strategies.

 

Endnotes 
1. Family.Foundation.Future, The LGBT Agenda (January 2013)
2. 1 Corinthians 6:12
3. Metropolitan Man Initiative, Sex between Men in Your City (International Planned Parenthood Federation, August 2011, p9)
4. Gallup Politics, LGBT Percentage Highest in D.C., Lowest in North Dakota (State of the States, 15 February 2013)
5. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Sexual Orientation and Health Among U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey 2013 (National Health Statistics Report No. 77, 15 July 2014)
6. Office for National Statistics, Integrated Household Survey: Experimental Statistics (Statistical Bulletin, April 2011 – March 2012)
7. Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, Sex in Australia: Australian Study of Health and Relationships (Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, April 2003, Vol. 27(2))