California Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appointment of longtime Democrat, lesbian activist and pro-abortion leader Susan Kennedy as his chief of staff is more evidence of The Terminator’s disdain for social conservatives.

But the move also illustrates the strong collaboration between homosexual activists and the abortion lobby. For years, the two radical social movements have worked hand in hand to destroy the primacy of marriage and family and the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic.

All too often, pro-life conservatives looked the other way when ostensibly pro-life politicians and clerics embraced or ignored the homosexual agenda, as if the two issues were not closely linked. For example, the pro-life Catholic Diocese in Maine “killed us” during the recent unsuccessful vote to revoke the state’s “gay rights” law for a third time, according to a Catholic lay activist who worked on the initiative.

Other examples abound from coast to coast. But presented with the stark example of Kennedy’s appointment in California, pro-life Americans who ignore the homosexual issue might want to reassess.

Kennedy, a former top aide to Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, was described this way in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Appointed by Davis to the California Public Utilities Commission in 2003, Kennedy had made her name as a political operative as the head of the California branch of the National Abortion Rights Action League. A longtime gay rights activist, Kennedy married her partner, Vicki Marti, in a 1999 ceremony in Hawaii attended by many California political insiders.

California political analysts say that the chief of staff position is no small office. Capitol Weekly News writer John Howard put it this way:

The chief of staff’s position is considered the most powerful administrative position in state government, with broad authority over policy-making and the sprawling bureaucracy.

Kennedy’s rise to the top of California’s power structure is just the tip of the iceberg. Openly lesbian California Democratic legislators Sheila Kuehl and Carole Migden, along with openly homosexual Mark Leno, have led the fight against any restrictions on abortion while initiating a slew of pro-homosexual measures, including full-blown “gay marriage,” promoting homosexuality in the schools, and a law prohibiting the state from doing business with firms that do not subsidize homosexual relationships. Leno and Kuehl are listed as co-authors of AB 654, a euthanasia bill so radical that it didn’t even get a floor vote in the liberal-dominated Assembly.

At the national level, the pro-abortion National Organization for Women supports all aspects of the homosexual agenda, including same-sex “marriage,” hate crime laws, and persecuting the Boy Scouts for barring homosexuals as scoutmasters.

Homosexual activist groups are players in liberal coalitions that work against pro-life judicial nominees, for socialized medicine, and for legislation restricting the rights of pro-life demonstrators, such as the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which treats pro-life protesters as criminals.

NARAL Pro-Choice America, formerly called the National Abortion Rights Action League, represents the abortion industry. The group opposes any restrictions on abortion, including partial-birth abortions, and works against requiring abortion clinics to comply with routine medical safety standards for outpatient centers.

On April 7, 2005, Kate Michelman, former NARAL president, presented the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s “Annual Leadership Award” to former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean. The current chairman of the Democratic Party was honored for his “lifetime achievement and commitment to progressive causes,” including service to “the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community.” While governor, Dean presided over Vermont’s adoption of homosexual civil unions that are identical to marriage in all but name.

On April 11, 2005, the chief executive of the pro-abortion Democratic activist group Emily’s List moved sideways to become president of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest homosexual pressure group. Joe Solmonese, who has spent years raising money for Democratic candidates, had run Emily’s List since 2003. That group distributes money to elect pro-abortion Democratic women. Emily’s List has a staff of 85 and a $40 million budget. Human Rights Campaign has a staff of 125 and a budget of $30 million, according to the Washington (D.C.) Blade.

Also in April, openly homosexual Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson was the keynote speaker at Planned Parenthood’s “prayer breakfast” at the group’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. In an interview with Planned Parenthood’s Choice! magazine, Robinson declared himself “pro-choice” and described pro-life Episcopalians as being “off the deep end.”

For millennia, strategic thinkers have stressed the utmost importance of identifying your opponent. Here’s Sun Tzu (500-320 B.C.):

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

– “The Art of War”

Unless social conservatives realize that they are fighting an unholy alliance of the homosexual and abortion movements, they will lose key battles in both realms.

It’s time to acknowledge the linkage and to tell politicians that being “pro-life” means more than just opposing abortion. They could start with Sens. George Allen, R-Va., and Ohio’s Mike DeWine (R) and George Voinovich (R), all of whom claim pro-life credentials and all of whom voted last year for the federal homosexual hate-crimes bill, a centerpiece of the “gay” strategy to make over America in a “gay” image. Or social conservatives could take to task the “pro-lifers” among the 30 GOP congressmen who voted with Democrats to pass this year’s hate-crimes bill in the House.

Being pro-life means more than casting a good vote now and then on an abortion-related bill. It also means supporting God’s institution of marriage and fighting the homosexual agenda at every level, whether it is in the schools, the workplace or in the hallways of government. It also means aiding efforts to curb the explosion in pornography and indecency throughout the culture.

Longtime pro-life activist Janet Folger had an epiphany a few years ago at a pro-family conference at Coral Ridge Ministries in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She “suddenly connected the dots and realized it’s all the same battle” after hearing a speaker discuss “the real aim of the homosexual agenda: the criminalization of Christianity.”

Folger went on to become an articulate foe of homosexual activism and an advocate for the ex-gay movement, while also advancing the pro-life cause. Her excellent new book, “The Criminalization of Christianity,” amply documents just what is at stake, beyond the human carnage that abortion and homosexuality exact.

The bottom line is that there’s no longer any room for neutrality on this profoundly important issue. And politicians should no longer be allowed to hide behind “pro-life” credentials while helping to advance the radical homosexual agenda.

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Robert Knight is director of the Culture & Family Institute, an affiliate of Concerned Women for America.

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