The possible forms of human sexual expression based on voluntary choice are very much greater than those sanctioned by any contemporary society. In particular, our own Western culture has tended to restrict human sexuality even more than most other cultures although, naturally, there have been variations among national and regional subgroups. One major form of sexual sensibility and activity that has especially suffered from this restrictive attitude has been homosexuality. This polarization as well as the extraordinary antagonism to gay love, are in large part traceable to the general antisexual bias of early Christianity. But the opposition of the Church to conduct which had been an accepted part of the way of life of many peoples in the Mediterranean area and elsewhere, would probably have meant little, except for one circumstance.
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A few days before a conservative U. Supreme Court voted to enact the most sweeping legal protections for LGBT Americans in decades , a Republican congressman in Virginia lost his election after he officiated a same-sex wedding last year. Denver Riggleman in a party convention which local party officials set up in place of a primary , but it was the driving one. Which raises the question: How out of step with the nation is the Republican Party on same-sex rights? Before this ruling, in roughly half of states, you could be legally fired for being gay or transgender. But like the Republican voters in Virginia who ousted Riggleman in favor of social conservative Bob Good, there is an active wing of the Republican Party seeking to push back on the march toward expanding legal protections for gay Americans. And they have powerful allies.
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Tamara Keith. President Obama applauded the Supreme Court's ruling that the Constitution gives same-sex couples the right to marry. But several Republican presidential candidates had a different reaction. NPR's Tamara Keith was there and has this report on both the president's reaction and that of the Republicans who hope to succeed him. This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believed in their hearts.
LGBT conservatism refers to a socio-political movement which embraces and promotes the ideology of conservatism within an LGBT lesbian , gay , bisexual , transgender context. Gay conservatives may also refer to lesbian or gay persons with socially and economically conservative political views. The number of openly LGBT advocates for conservative policies has only become increasingly apparent since the advent of the modern LGBT civil rights movement in the s while many more LGBT conservatives remain closeted in countries where other socially conservative politicians have led the most organized opposition to LGBT rights efforts as well as the backlash from liberal and left-leaning LGBT social activists. In , under the prime ministership of the Duke of Saldanha , a liberal-conservative Cartista , same-sex sexual intercourse was legalized throughout Portugal.