Tuesday, November 14, 2006

In politics, is 'closeted' a thing of the past?

Now that Virginia will have a constitutional amendment prohibiting same sex marriages, which political party’s adherents will that have more impact on?

Well, I’ve no doubt that Bible-thumping Republicans would say most gays and lesbians are the bluest of Democrats, of the most deviant persuasion.

But, isn’t that stereotypical thinking? What about Log Cabin Republicans?

And, since election day, judging from the way television’s news and comedy programs are pursuing the hypocrisy angle of the closeted-Republican-gays topic, forced outings may soon be the next wave of political warfare.

Whether you tune into HBO, PBS, MSNBC, or the Comedy Channel, there’s a burgeoning interest in the notion that some of the culturally conservative Republicans most supportive of the movement to brand same sex marriage as a threat to families are actually homosexuals, themselves.

After all, history tells us that some of the most verbose gay bashers have been guys who were ... shall we say conflicted? Longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover comes to mind.

Rather than name more names, just for cheap laughs, I’ll get back to the point of this post. While it might be good for a grin to know that a certain rightwing spokesperson is -- in his/her private life -- a 24 carat homosexual, is that anybody’s business?

Apparently, now some people think it is. They seem to believe that it is a matter of honesty for elected officials to be on the record as “gay” or “straight,” and then live up to it.

So, the question is: In 2006, is it no longer acceptable to be in the closet?

Is it OK for Democrats to out Republicans they see as being hypocrites about their sexual orientation? Or vice versa?


Kathy said...

Would it have been anybody's business if Carrie Nation chugged a pint of shine every night in the privacy of her own home?

Anonymous said...

Thank heavens most of the "outings" are restricted to folks who advocate ANTI-GAY legislation and/or acts....

So if someone is closeted and wants to remain there if they don't attack other gays and lesbians they are left alone by the lgbt activists....

At least they have a standard that is well known...so if someone is closeted, in politics, and decides to act out against the lgvt community they know they are fair game...so to speak


Robinitaface said...

When you have a job in the public eye, it's not "acceptable" to do anything in private...whether you like it or not. Politics, entertainment, your life is out there for the world to see, so you'd better make sure what you say and what you do match up, because somebody is going to find out. And they're going to get paid to do so. I'm not saying it's right, but that's how it is.