Gay Issues
Gay Issues

Homosexual "Great Kiss-In" Event Obscene and Indecent

| by Illinois Family Institute
By Laurie Higgins, DSA Director, Illinois Family Institute

On Saturday, August 15, homosexual activists held what they called "The Great Nationwide Kiss-In" in various public locations in thirty-five cities around the country to protest public disapproval of homosexuality, including public disapproval of homosexual kissing.

On one website announcing this event, the blogger asks a series of rhetorical questions:

Shouldn't everyone be allowed to kiss? Kissing isn't a bad thing, it's not obscene, vulgar or inappropriate-is it? In fact, it's a beautiful thing, I love kissing and I'm sure you love kissing too! And sometimes I like kissing my sweetie when we're out, so shouldn't we be able to kiss anywhere?

Well, I'll take a stab at answering his rhetorical questions.

I think very few Americans want to pass laws outlawing kissing--even kissing that is obscene and inappropriate. And some kissing contexts are, indeed, obscene, which means "offensive to accepted standards of decency," and inappropriate.

An adult kissing a pre-pubescent child or a high school-age adolescent in a sexual or romantic manner is both obscene and inappropriate despite the protestations of the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) to the contrary.

Romantic or sexual kissing between two consenting adults who are in love and who are closely related by blood is both obscene and inappropriate despite the protestations of defenders of incest to the contrary.

Romantic or sexual kissing among "multi-partner" unions, like those profiled in a recent Newsweek article, are both obscene and inappropriate despite the protests of polyamorists to the contrary.

Romantic or sexual kissing between two people of the same biological sex is both obscene and inappropriate despite the voluble, vigorous, and often vitriolic protests of homosexuals to the contrary.

What one considers obscene, inappropriate kissing depends on prior presuppositions. What the public deems inappropriate kissing depends on whether a particular kind of relationship is morally legitimate. And many consider homosexual relationships to be morally indefensible no matter how kind the people involved or how much we love them as individuals.

IFI is not suggesting that homosexual kissing be banned. What we hope is that the public would recover both a proper understanding of the immorality of homosexual acts and the courage to voice that belief, so that public disapproval will be strong enough to persuade homosexuals to voluntarily restrict their kissing to private venues. Many adults do not care to witness obscene and inappropriate kissing, and their children shouldn't have to.