Gays Not Silent in the Face of GOP Opposition
In a blog entry at the Washington Post, columnist Jonathan Capehart reprimands GOP presidential candidates for their outmoded thinking about gay rights. He highlights several high-profile gaffes, including one in which an 8-year-old tells Michele Bachmann that his mother does not "need fixing" because she's gay.
All kinds of right-thinking folks continue to register their displeasure with what Jennifer Rubin calls Rick Perry’s “ham-handed play for the religious right vote.” That’s the “Strong” ad, where the Republican Texas governor says something’s wrong when children can’t celebrate Christmas but gays can serve in the military. At last look, the number of people clicking “dislike” on the ad stood at 661,330.
And then you have those who calmly make it clear that they disapprove of the disapproval of the candidates. In today’s Post, Sandhya Somashekhar and Philip Rucker recount the various low-key confrontations. An 8-year-old South Carolina boy told Michelle Bachmann, “My mom is gay and she doesn’t need fixing.” An Iowa high school student debated the Minnesota congresswoman on gay rights.
The best example was Bob Garon, a Vietnam veteran having his daily breakfast with his husband in a diner in New Hampshire, where same-sex marriage is legal. When Mitt Romney plopped down in their booth, Garon asked, “New Hampshire right now has some legislation kicking around about a repeal for the same-sex marriage. And all I need is a yes or a no. Do you support the repeal?”
Read Jonathan Capehart's entire blog entry at the Washington Post.