1977 June 18

President Carter Puts Foot in Mouth: Calls Same-Sex Relationships “Not Normal”

 

In a long interview on this day, in which he planned to highlight his family-friendly policies, President Jimmy Carter suggested that same-sex relationships were “not normal.” The issue came up in response to a question about allowing same-sex couples to adopt children. The comment alienated Carter’s lesbian and gay supporters.

The comments were unfortunate, because during the 1976 presidential campaign, Carter became the first major party candidate to oppose employment discrimination against homosexuals, on May 21, 1976. Also, early in his administration, a delegation of lesbian and gay activists met with his staff in the White House on March 26, 1977 — a first in American history.

The Supreme Court  ruled that same-sex marriages were constitutional on June 26, 2015.

Learn more about the history of psychiatry and homosexuality: http://www.aglp.org/gap/1_history/

Years later, Carter says the U.S. is ready for a gay president: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPVXQp3ebN4

Learn more about President Carter’s civil liberties record: Samuel Walker, Presidents and Civil Liberties From Wilson to Obama (2012)

Learn more about Carter’s post-presidential work at the Carter Center: http://www.cartercenter.org/index.html

Find a Day

Go
Abortion Rights ACLU african-americans Alice Paul anti-communism Anti-Communist Hysteria Birth Control Brown v. Board of Education Censorship CIA Civil Rights Civil Rights Act of 1964 Cold War Espionage Act FBI First Amendment Fourteenth Amendment freedom of speech Free Speech Gay Rights Hate Speech homosexuality Hoover, J. Edgar HUAC Japanese American Internment King, Dr. Martin Luther Ku Klux Klan Labor Unions Lesbian and Gay Rights Loyalty Oaths McCarthy, Sen. Joe New York Times Obscenity Police Misconduct Same-Sex Marriage Separation of Church and State Sex Discrimination Smith Act Spying Spying on Americans Vietnam War Voting Rights Voting Rights Act of 1965 War on Terror Watergate White House Women's Rights Women's Suffrage World War I World War II Relocation Camps

Topics

Tell Us What You Think

We want to hear your comments, criticisms and suggestions!