The Democratic Party used the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this week to make a nearly-united statement on LGBT issues, including marriage and military service. There was one dissenter, and he led the gathering’s closing prayer.
“Permitting same-sex couples to marry will not affect the number of opposite-sex couples who marry, divorce, cohabit, have children outside of marriage or otherwise affect the stability of opposite-sex marriages.”
Judge Vaughn Walker
“The problem is that when you have these accusations that come out,” Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll told Tampa 10, “it’s not just one person you’re attacking. It’s an entire family. My husband doesn’t want to hear that. He knows the type of woman I am. I mean, my kids know the type of woman I am… Usually black women that look like me don’t engage in relationships like that.”
While the allegations that Carroll and her female travel aide were in a “compromising position” in Carroll’s capitol office may be seen as an attack on her family, Carroll’s defense — that she couldn’t have engaged in homosexual acts because she doesn’t look like a lesbian — is being seen as an attack on the lesbian community at large and the black lesbian community in particular.
“As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry,” she said. “I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.”
It always seemed to me a bit pointless to disapprove of homosexuality. It’s like disapproving of rain. ~Francis Maude
It is better to be hated for what one is than to be loved for what one isn’t.