You can forget about trying right up front to persuade folks that homosexuality is a good thing. But if you can get them to think it is just another thing--meriting no more than a shrug of the shoulders--then your battle for legal and social rights is virtually won.
-- Marshall Kirk & Hunter Madsen
Doug Mainwaring, a gay man who blogs at American Thinker, is bringing to light a strategy dating back to the late-80s “to establish the ‘normalcy’ of gays and lesbians and secure broader acceptance and rights.” Harvard graduates Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen laid out in their 1989 book, After the Ball, a propaganda campaign (their term) in which “[t]he main thing is to talk about gayness until the issue becomes thoroughly tiresome.”
Mainwaring’s article is worth reading in itself, but there’s a part of what he wrote that bears quoting:
Let's return to an earlier statement: "The main thing is to talk about gayness until the issue becomes thoroughly tiresome."
The most recent Pew Poll found that public acceptance of same sex marriage is now up to 54%. Does this really reflect an enthusiastic embrace of the notion of same sex marriage? -- Or -- Is a vast swath of the population just sick and tired of hearing about gays in the news day after day for the last few years?
Maybe they're also sick and tired of irrational accusations of bigotry and homophobia every time they try to enter into a reasoned discussion about same sex marriage. Many who have been shut down for trying to engage in intellectually honest conversation, have concluded, "Why bother? Just let them have what they want. Maybe then they'll fade away."
Fade away? Don't count on it. There is never an end to progressive ideology. Statists never have enough power and control. This will never end until the very institution of marriage is obliterated from human civilization, in which case, we will no longer actually have a civilization.
I'm gay and I oppose same sex marriage because it is not marriage. It is something else. I, too, am tired of being labeled a "self loathing gay" and a "hater." I am not. But I refuse to be silenced by those who seek to manipulate and silence rather than enter into rational discussion.
Silencing techniques -- the modus operandi of the marriage "equality" activists -- will continue relentlessly until one day they discover that strategy no longer works. But it is only each of us refusing to be silenced which will hasten the arrival of that day.