By Kathleen Gilbert
HOLLYWOOD, California, February 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Last night’s Oscars awards ceremony became a platform for promoting the homosexualist cause, as honorees involved in the pro-homosexual movie “Milk” suggested that their awards were a victory for the same-sex “marriage” movement and strongly criticized opponents of same-sex “marriage.”
“Milk,” a movie about the life of America’s first openly homosexual politician Harvey Milk, was honored with Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay awards. The director, writer and two producers of the film identify as homosexual.
Sean Penn, who played Harvey Milk, used his acceptance speech for the Best Actor award to strongly condemn those who protest against same-sex “marriage.” He referred in particular to a group protesting outside the Kodak Theater, where the awards ceremony took place.
“For those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, I think it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect, and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren’s eyes if they continue that way of support,” said Penn. “We’ve got to have equal rights for everyone.”
Penn referred to California’s homosexual “marriage” ban, Proposition 8, which reaffirms the definition of marriage by placing it in the state Constitution. Californians voted Proposition 8 into law on November 4.
Penn, who affectionately addressed the crowd as “Commie homo-loving sons of guns,” was met with wild applause.
After the show, Penn expounded further on homosexual “rights,” saying that the pro-homosexual movie is important to “anybody who believes in equal rights for human beings.”
Penn also called proponents of true marriage part of a “culture of ignorance … that breeds this kind of hateful expression, that these people have their signs outside essentially telling you that you’re less than human.” He advised the protesters to “turn in their hate card and find their better self.”
“I think that these are largely taught limitations and ignorances, this kind of thing, and it’s a really, it’s very sad in a way, because it’s a demonstration of such emotional cowardice to be so afraid to be extending the same rights to a fellow man as you would want for yourself,” he added.
“I would ask them not to tempt those of us who see something more deeply than they are looking at it, as angry as they tend to be in a void.” Penn also said he believed the federal legalization of same-sex “marriage” is “inevitable.”
Dustin Lance Black, the writer of Milk and a homosexual rights activist, reflected emotionally in his acceptance speech on the effect Harvey Milk’s story had on his life.
“When I was 13 years old, my beautiful mother and my father moved me from a conservative Mormon home in San Antonio, Texas to California, and I heard the story of Harvey Milk,” said Black. “And it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life. It gave me the hope one day I could live my life openly as who I am and then maybe even I could even fall in love and one day get married. …
“If Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he’d want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches, by the government or by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights federally, across this great nation of ours,” said Black.
“Thank you … and thank you, God, for giving us Harvey Milk.” The speech, like Penn’s, elicited hearty cheers and applause throughout.
Jubilation swelled high in San Francisco’s heavily homosexual Castro district at the awards “Milk” received.
“This evening means a lot to me,” said Bill Longen, the theater’s events coordinator and an acquaintance of Harvey Milk. “But it means more to the community because of ‘Milk,’” he said. “Harvey was the Obama of gay politicians. He had a message of hope. This is a very important film to everybody in the community, gay and straight alike.”
“I’ve worked on hundreds of projects about Harvey’s life, but there’s something magical about a feature drama,” said San Francisco photographer and homosexual rights activist Nicoletta. “It has a bigger scope, a longer shelf life. And it will be a great tool for education for a long time.”
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