The amazing success of the ‘coming out’ strategy.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), once a staunch opponent of gay marriage, says that he now supports same-sex nuptials after his son told him he was gay.
“I’m announcing today a change of heart on an issue that a lot of people feel strongly about that has to do with gay couples’ opportunity to marry,” Portman said, according to CNN.
Two years ago, his son Will came out to Portman and his wife, Jane, during Will’s freshman year at Yale University, which eventually led Portman to support same-sex marriage.
“I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn’t deny them the opportunity to get married,” Portman wrote Friday in an op-ed in The Columbus Dispatch.
He later wrote: “Two years ago, my son Will, then a college freshman, told my wife, Jane, and me that he is gay. He said he’d known for some time, and that his sexual orientation wasn’t something he chose; it was simply a part of who he is. Jane and I were proud of him for his honesty and courage. We were surprised to learn he is gay but knew he was still the same person he’d always been. The only difference was that now we had a more complete picture of the son we love.”
My only real comment here is that this is the entire purpose of coming out of the closet. When the LGBT community decided to mainstream themselves, they came up with a strategy that was both brilliant and fraught with tremendous personal risk. It’s worked amazingly well over the years, with gays steadily gaining acceptance and homophobes just as steadily losing it.
It’s also a strategy that requires a great deal of courage, because these sorts of revelations can also go so very, very wrong. So don’t congratulate Rob Portman — you don’t congratulate the bully when he stops stealing lunch money. Congratulate Will Portman, who got that bully to stop.
Pro-life? Family values? Bullshit on both counts.
Brittney Leon and Terri-Ann Simonelli, a pregnant same-sex couple, went to a Las Vegas hospital where they were told their legal domestic partnership was invalid, as far as the hospital was concerned. Hours later, after being “emotionally upset” over their treatment, Brittney Leon, the pregnant mother, lost their baby. Nevada has banned same-sex marriage, but a 2009 Nevada law makes domestic partnerships equivalent to marriage, yet Spring Valley Hospital’s official policy is that same-sex couples must secure a power of attorney in order to be able to make medical decisions for each other, or even to be notified of the staus of their loved one.
“I am usually a big fighter. But I was so emotionally upset. It was a very bad day for us,” Simonelli told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We went there thinking we had the state’s backing, and then we were told we were wrong. It didn’t matter that we were registered domestic partners.
“It should matter.”
According to the Review-Journal:
A woman who identified herself as public relations representative at Spring Valley Hospital told a Review-Journal reporter in a phone interview that the hospital policy requires gay couples have power of attorney in order to make medical decisions for each other .
When asked if she was aware of Nevada’s domestic partnership law, she accused the reporter of bias and hung up the telephone.
That’s a conservative all right; facts are “bias.” Up is down, left is right, hot is cold — and hate is a “Christian value.”
The report goes on to say that Spring Valley is owned by Universal Health Services and that Universal Health is a Rick Santorum-connected nightmare:
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) has become a top-tier candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in recent weeks by appealing to evangelical voters as a man steeped in family values and his Christian faith. From 2007 to 2011, however, Santorum served on the board of directors of Universal Health Services Inc., a large hospital chain which racked up dozens of allegations of abuse during that time — including everything from rape to suicide attempts allowed by neglect to murder.
Over the years, states have barred children from attending UHS facilities over safety concerns and the feds have put UHS on their radar. Department of Justice lawyers have filed two lawsuits accusing the chain of fraudulent activities. One lawsuit settled for $27.5 million. Another suit still pending in federal court in Virginia centers on a facility called Keystone Marion Youth Center.
The facility, located in Marion, Va., is a residential treatment center for troubled boys with mental-health issues. The majority of patients come from states’ child-welfare and juvenile-justice systems. The center promises stability, schooling, and clinically-approved therapies. It was also approved to accept Medicaid patients.
It did not have approval to perform an “exorcism.”
The kids got exorcised anyway, because because this sort of witch doctor crap is what passes for science on the right. If there’s any justice in the world, Leon and Simonelli will sue Spring Valley and win a judgement so large that they own it.
Is Family Research Council a hate group? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.
The shooting of a security guard Wednesday at the Family Research Council (FRC) has spurred a torrent of heated accusations from both sides of the gay-rights debate about claims that the conservative organization is a “hate group.”
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), one of the nation’s leading opponents of same-sex marriage, told The Hill the shooting was a direct result of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s decision in 2010 to place the FRC on its list of hate groups for its rhetoric on gays.
Brian Brown, the president of NOM, pointed to a recent blog post by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), one of the largest gay-rights groups in the country. The post, “Paul Ryan Speaking at Hate Group’s Annual Conference,” called attention to the vice presidential candidate’s scheduled appearance at the FRC’s national summit next month.
“Today’s attack is the clearest sign we’ve seen that labeling pro-marriage groups as ‘hateful’ must end,” Brown said in a statement issued following the shooting.
“Pro-marriage” may be the worst bullshit term I’ve seen in a long time. Gay people want to marry, FRC opposes that. That’s anti-marriage — or, at least, anti-some-marriages.
But is FRC a hate group? Let’s review, shall we? President Bryan Fischer has advocated kidnapping children away from gay parents, compared African-Americans to “drug addicts” on welfare, and argued that gay parents ought to automatically be suspected of child molestation. That’s just a sample; I could almost literally do this all day.
But the clincher is the fact that in 2010, Family Research Council lobbied to defend a Ugandan bill that would’ve applied the death penalty to homosexuals. Seems to me that supporting genocide qualifies you for the label “hate group.”
So, was a nut justified in trying to shoot up FRC HQ? No. Are the FRC the victims of a crime? Yes. But their victimhood doesn’t let them off the hook or make them respectable. A prick attacked by a criminal is still a prick. So FRC is still a hate group. Anyone who would argue otherwise doesn’t know the facts, has real problems understanding the concept of logic, or is a hater themselves, covering up for other haters.
“Our Constitution was designed to respect states…I have long supported the appointment of judges who respect the Constitution and the passage of a federal marriage amendment.” - Rick Perry, GOP Presidential nominee
Translation: It’s ok for states to make their own decisions, but there should be a federal amendment banning gay marriage in ALL states. Reblog if you see the problem with this logic.