It’s sometimes hard to explain to outsiders what level of principle is required to withstand the personal cost of being an out gay Republican. I’ve only ever been a gay conservative (never a Republican), and back in the 1990s, it was brutal living in the gay world and challenging liberal assumptions. I cannot imagine the social isolation of Grenell in Los Angeles today, doing what he did.
And his reward for such loyalty, sincerity and pugnacity? Vilification.
I mean: what do Republicans call a gay man with neoconservative passion, a committed relationship and personal courage?
Obama and Hilary are not opposed to gay marriage. And Clinton was trying to pass more pro-gay legislation, but he had a Republican Congress, so he couldn't and had to settle with Don't Ask, Don't Tell and similar legislation. At least he got something through.
Some recent polls from CNN:
“We need to have profound compassion for the people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life, and sexual identity disorders. This is a very real issue. It’s not funny, it’s sad. Any of you who have members of your family that are in the lifestyle-we have a member of our family that is. This is not funny. It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think, to say this is gay. It’s anything but gay.”
- National Education Conference, 11/6/04, Bloomington, MN
Can we please put an end to the media’s new revisionist attitude towards Bachmann? Her popularity among those on the far right is not surprising and it does not make her worthy of serious consideration. Stupid is as stupid does, people.
“Three other Republican state senators…said they believed the bill was almost certain to come up for a vote and that it would likely pass, making New York the sixth, and largest, state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.”