- - Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Judged by the noise the homosexual lobby makes, with its parades and strutting in the popular media, you might think nearly everybody in America wears the lavender with the pride of the Irish in the wearing of the green. But gays may now be suffering buyer’s remorse after getting the results of a long-sought federal census to count those indulging the love that dares to shout its name. The first survey of sexual orientation was meant to confirm exaggerated estimates of the number of gays. It didn’t turn out that way.

The survey taken by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked a simple question of 34,557 adults nationwide: “Which of the following best represents how you think of yourself?” The five possible answers were straight, lesbian/gay, bisexual, “something else” and “I don’t know the answer.” Transgenders, the “T” in LGBT, were not included.

The survey found that a mere 1.6 percent of the adult population self-identifies as “lesbian/gay,” and an even smaller 0.7 percent told interviewers they were bisexual. The bisexuals were outnumbered by the 1.1 percent who didn’t know, wouldn’t answer or said they were “something else.”

This result was far from the 10 percent that homosexual rights advocates have claimed since the 1970s. That figure was lifted from a book by discredited sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, who based his findings in part on interviews of men in prison. The 10 percent figure has been cited to invoke solidarity with the civil rights movement by approaching the 12 percent share of the national population that is black.

The results of the new federal survey is similar to other research, such as a 2011 study from the pro-homosexual Williams Institute at UCLA, which counted 1.7 percent of the population identifying as homosexual and 1.8 percent as bisexual.

Perhaps as a result of the Williams study, some homosexual activists have dialed the 10 percent figure back somewhat, closer to 4 percent to 5 percent, but the CDC findings suggest that even those numbers are exaggerated.

What’s not exaggerated is the size of the lobby’s political action fund, which spent $6 million to elect President Obama and congressional Democrats in 2012. That’s more than gun rights organizations mustered, even though gun owners make up at least half of the population.

The outsized campaign contributions explain why President Obama has been so eager to do special favors for homosexual organizations. Mr. Obama boasted to an audience at a White House “pride month” event that he had appointed 11 federal judges of the homosexual persuasion, which, as the new survey shows, far exceeds their statistical proportion of the public.

Mr. Obama refused to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act and repealed the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy to open the ranks of the military services for the first time to gays eager to declare themselves. “We’ve done more [for them] than any administration in history,” he said.

We can expect now to hear demands to revise the methodology of the National Health Interview Survey and try again. There are already complaints that the study is flawed. The way to cure the methodology is to set the percentage the gays want and make the numbers fit the noisy fantasy.