When the Supreme Court on Wednesday issued its ruling gutting the Defense of Marriage Act and allowing a lower-court ruling against California’s ban on homosexual marriage to stand, homosexual activists and their supporters saw it as a victory for “equality.”

Another way to look at it is as the culmination of a long-term political strategy to destroy freedom in the United States.

In 1963, Rep. A.S. Herlong of Florida read into the Congressional Record a list of Communist Party goals described in a 1958 book called “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen, a retired FBI agent.

According to Skousen, communists in the 1950s had 45 long-range goals for bringing about the collapse of the United States’ society and leading to its replacement with a communist dictatorship. Perusal of the list reveals activities that are well-known and documented to have taken place over the past half century, such as the infiltration of the media, schools and unions by communists and socialists. Some of the most disturbing are the goals that describe efforts to manipulate social attitudes.

Among those goals are three that have particular resonance after the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision, in which the court majority assumed that homosexual marriage was valid and beneficial to society, while ridiculing opponents and characterizing traditional beliefs as bigotry. From the list:

“26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as ‘normal, natural, healthy.’

“27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with ‘social’ religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a ‘religious crutch.’ …

“40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.”

The Left has a knee-jerk set of reactions whenever the subject of Skousen’s list comes up, ranging from flat denial to ridicule of the list and anyone who believes it. Connection of the homosexual rights movement and communism is the last thing the Left wants.

In fact, the Left by and large puts forth the notion that communism, if it is acknowledged to exist at all, is just a harmless political viewpoint like any other, rather than a pernicious philosophy of evil that has resulted in millions of deaths worldwide.

But it’s undeniable that there is an influential communist/socialist movement under the surface of American politics, particularly on the Left. Nancy Pelosi and many other prominent Democrats are members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, whose web page was hosted by the Democratic Socialists of America, a communist group, until 1999. The page is still found in Internet archives. President Barack Obama was a dues-paying member of the socialist New Party in the 1990s, a fact which is hotly denied to this day by his supporters.

It’s also undeniable that the Democratic Party has been the prime mover in normalizing homosexual marriage for political gain.

Karl Marx, the founder of communism, stated many times that for his communist revolution to come about, it would require abolishing the traditional family. His plan for doing that was to promote promiscuity, divorce and infidelity. He practiced what he preached, virtually abandoning his own family, and communist leaders in many countries have followed his example.

Marx was well aware of what a shocking idea he was proposing. “Abolition of the family! Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists,” he wrote.

One of the first things communists have done in every country they’ve taken over is to go after the churches and undermine religious traditions regarding marriage. The Soviet Union was infamous for its divorce rate, which far exceeded the United States even in its worst years.

Divorce, abortion and the encouragement of promiscuity are key plans in the communist playbook wherever the philosophy of communism or of socialism — which is just communism in a user-friendly wrapper — take hold.

Historically, communist countries have tended to persecute homosexuals. In the Soviet Union, they were rounded up and put in mental institutions as dangers to society. In democratic countries, however, promoting homosexuality has been a central plank for socialist parties for decades.

The cultural mess in European countries demonstrates the effectiveness of the strategy of promoting all manner of sexual immorality, of which homosexuality is just one part.

Our current president is a fervent follower of socialist principles and the most radical backer of abortion to ever occupy the Oval Office. Is it really any surprise that, after opposing homosexual marriage before his election he now is a big supporter?

In recent years, Cuba has seemingly turned a corner in its view of homosexuals, with Mariela Castro, niece of Fidel Castro, leading gay pride parades and promoting homosexual causes. She was granted a special visa by Hillary Clinton’s state department to speak at a gay rights conference in 2012.

Despite the appearance of a cultural shift in Cuba, the goal is still to abolish the traditional family and weaken the bonds of democratic society. Homosexuals are simply fulfilling a role as “useful idiots.”

That the promotion of homosexual rights is just part of a larger plan is supported by statements from groups like the Communist Party of Britain, which has publicly supported homosexual marriage under the guise of “equality for all,” while explicitly pointing out that the church should have no influence in marriage whatsoever.

“Marriages should be a legal relationship regulated by the government; the Anglican Church should have no say in such governmental policies,” says a statement from the group.

Many scholars familiar with the homosexual rights movement and the communist agenda have noted the philosophical links.

Historian Lucetta Scaraffia called homosexual marriage the product of the same “egalitarian utopia that did so much damage during the 20th century … deceiving humanity as socialism did in the past.”

In April, Alan Keyes was a guest on the “Talk to Solomon Show Live,” where he discussed the larger goals behind the homosexual rights movement, which Keyes sees as a tool for use in establishing an eventual totalitarian government. He said:

“It returns us to the dark ages of human oppression, which America was founded to remove humanity from, and it is the whole point of the push for homosexual marriage and homosexual rights. The aim is not compassion for homosexuals, respect for homosexuals and all of this; the aim in the mind of these hardheaded, calculating, leftist, Communist, totalitarians is to destroy the family and to establish the notion that once you have seized power there is no limit whatsoever to what you can do. If you want to tolerate abuses then those abuses can be imposed upon the people. Once you establish that, the abuses are then not going to be confined to egregious outrages like this; those abuses are going to be committed against the whole society and they will in the end include the murder of the masses as has occurred in all Communist regimes that existed.”

The growing acceptance of homosexual marriage has not occurred without long years of work from certain segments of society, and it does not exist in a vaccuum.

It’s just a step in a bigger plan.