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September 6th, 2007
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Republican Sex Scandals and Slash

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From:mofic
Date:September 6th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
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"He punches like a boy so he can't be a fag!" Is that the logic?

Yes, I think that is very much the logic - it's confusing masculinity with heterosexuality.

Guys cruising in parks and washrooms are usually terrified of being beaten up. The notion of the predatory homosexual is hard to imagine in real life, frankly.

I agree with all that. Still, I do think sex in public places is kind of a nuisance. Most people do consider it a private act. I wouldn't go so far as to say the witness is a non-consenting sexual partner, but I do think a person should be able to relieve himself in an airport bathroom without seeing people having sex, and I don't blame those who complained about that.

Sounds like he's separating the rights of queers to live lives equal to those of hets from mere sex acts. There is more to the injustice done to us than just criminalizing gay sex.

FWIW I don't think he's doing that. I think he's just tying himself into rhetorical knots trying to convince himself that the Republican Party isn't any more homophobic than the Democratic Party. I think he finds it hard being a social conservative on almost everything yet supporting gay rights and abortion rights. You kind of have to metaphorically squint a lot to maintain that stance. So he keeps saying things like Craig voted for DOMA but so did Paul Wellstone, narrowing his eyes enough to ignore the rest of both of their voting records and just ignoring how the Republican Party has demonized queer folk ever since they ran out of Communists to demonize.

Here's what I wrote to him most recently on that score:
I'm not sure why you keep limiting your recap of Craig's record to DOMA, except that it lets you mention Wellstone. It's a national disgrace, I think, that only 14 Senators were willing to stand up to the Republicans and vote against DOMA, and even more of a disgrace that Bill Clinton signed it into law, but it really is only one law.

Although it certainly was disappointing when the late and much missed Senator Wellstone voted for DOMA after consistently supporting gay rights for his entire career, it's hardly comparable to Craig, who not only voted for DOMA but also:

- voted for a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage
- voted against including sexual orientation in hate crimes legislation
- voted against prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation
- consistently opposed letting gay men and lesbians serve openly in the armed forces (On August 17th, just two weeks after his guilty plea, Larry Craig wrote to a constituent:

"It is unacceptable to risk the lives of American soldiers and sailors merely to accommodate the sexual lifestyles of certain individuals.")

Larry Craig has a consistent anti-gay record (and, apparently, a consistent secret sex life). Paul Wellstone had a consistent pro-gay rights record with one unfortunate lapse, a lapse he shared with many others. I wish he had lived long enough to acknowledge his mistake and make amends.

[end excerpt] He has a long response - lots more squinting. I won't answer it. I think it's sad he feels the need to tie himself in knots like that, but I'm glad that with all the move to the right he's done over the past 15-20 years he's maintained his support for equal rights for queer people and for women's reproductive rights.
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