The “Gay” Rights Movement: An Agenda to Deconstruct the Traditional Family -- By: Daniel R. Heimbach

Journal: Faith and Mission
Volume: FM 12:2 (Spring 1995)
Article: The “Gay” Rights Movement: An Agenda to Deconstruct the Traditional Family
Author: Daniel R. Heimbach

The “Gay” Rights Movement:
An Agenda to Deconstruct the Traditional Family

Daniel R. Heimbach

Associate Professor of Christian Ethics
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Prepared for delivery at the 27th Annual Seminar of the
Southern Baptist Christian Life Commission,
Del City, Oklahoma, February 28-March 2, 1994

Haven’t you read that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh”? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.


No society can survive unless it comes full forward in favor of heterosexuality.

-William Bennett

The concept [of the traditional family] is enmeshed in a web of... religious, moral and theological precepts, all of which serve needlessly, harmfully, and perniciously to bind, limit, and restrain individuals in the exercise of their freedom to enter into choices as to their intimate relationships.

-Franklin E. Kameny

America is currently torn by a kulturkampf. More precisely, it is riveted by a full scale “moral war” that is being waged from television screens to the halls of Congress, from the journals of science to the kitchen table, and from the offices of Madison Avenue to the pews of local churches.1 In this war, perhaps the hottest battle has to do with the definition, structure, and meaning of the family in America as reflected in law, public policy, education, business, the media, and popular opinion, to say nothing of the deeper dimensions of morality and faith. Tension is focused on the “traditional” family-the long-standing norm for family relationships built around a core consisting of two adults of the opposite sex living together in an exclusive, lifetime union, bearing unconditional responsibility to

care for one another and for any children they may conceive or add to their union by adoption.

Leading the attack against the traditional family are advocates seeking public approval and affirmation of a lifestyle based on homosexual relationships. These attackers would “deconstruct” the traditional family by realigning the legal, social, and moral definition of “family” to include any physically intimate living arrangement freely entered by those who wish to call themselves a family.2 The voices ...

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