I know things are better when I read really weird stories like this one:
Earlier today, we told you about a Pennsylvania legislator who accused her primary opponent of pretending to be bisexual in order to get votes from the large LGBT community in her Philadelphia district.
At a fundraiser a week ago, state Rep. Babette Josephs (D) told supporters that they couldn’t trust her opponent, Gregg Kravitz, not to cheat at the polls. He had lied before, she said.
“I outed him as a straight person,” she said, “and now he goes around telling people, quote, ‘I swing both ways.’” (Rachel Slajda, TPM)
Yes, that’s right. A politician is accusing her opponent of being secretly straight. I don’t know (or care) if Mr. Kravitz is telling the truth about his sexual likes and dislikes. Whether it’s a lie or the truth is less interesting than it would be seen to be an advantage in any political constituency, much less one in Pennsylvania, to maintain you are bisexual.
My generation (the over sixty crowd) is the least enlightened about these matters and when we die off those left will wonder what the gay marriage fuss was about. My children, who are in their 30s, don’t get it at all and neither do their friends, some of whom are anything but politically liberal. The Far Right may make a lot of noise about gay marriage as a threat to the family, but that battle is essentially over and this news story is just one of the straws in the wind.
If right wing whack jobs were really serious about threats to the “traditional family” they would go after the biggest threat of all, legal divorce. They don’t dare do that because half of them are themselves divorced. But they aren’t serious about threats to marriage when it’s their marriage that’s involved. They want to keep the privilege of having an exit from a loveless marriage. Having that exit is a good thing and they know it, even if they publicly cluck about it.
At the same, of course, they want to prevent others from entering into a loving one. But things are getting better. Ask Representative Josephs. After she extracts her foot from her mouth.