Romney: If my grandkids were gay, “I’d want them to be happy”


In the same clip above, Romney says his kids are married so he’d be surprised if they were gay.

That’s interesting. It’s somewhat naive.

I have no statistics, but I’ve talked to my brother-in-law and he says that a lot of hookups at gay bars are with married men who are out for the night. Sometimes they’re in another city. Sometimes they’re horny.

But regardless, good for Romney to do a townhall thing with Univision.




Recommended viewing: Pride Parade photos

Tina and I were out of town during this year’s Gay Pride Parade. This was the first time it started right in our neighborhood, and the photos from Time Out Chicago are mainly in our ‘hood.

So check out Max Herman‘s photos from Time Out Chicago found here.

I experienced my first gay pride parade back in 2000 when I moved here. I video taped it, and made a music video out of the footage.

I remember being shocked. But then there was mental expansion. I knew I was meant to be in a city after visiting here. But then to see just how accepting city folk are of different ideas and lifestyles, I had to say, “See you later, small towns and small minds.”

The best thing about the parade is how unifying it is. Everyone is at the parade, families, churches to partying teens.

You get a lot of churches in the parade showing off how accepting they are which is a welcome difference to the parts of this country who are hung up on biblical nonsense.

I personally don’t think you can reconcile the biblical view with reality. But there are people who absolutely need the idea of a higher power loving them, and, in a weird way, I’m thankful that these churches exist for them.

Last night we had dinner with a couple whom I marched with in a protest a few years ago hoping for equal rights for gay couples. And there is absolutely no way that hell exists when two people like Jay and Miles are a hospitable, kind and cool as they are.

Shame on him or her who looks down on a couple, who have been together just as long as Tina and me.

And by looks down, I mean he or she says shit like, “Love the sinner hate the sin.” Or whatever your church told you to say.

Don’t say that anymore.


It’s pathetic.

Follow up to Willow Creek’s stance on anti-gay-ness

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I wanted to post a link to Hemant Mehta’s take on Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz canceling an appearance at Willow Creek Church out in Chicago’s suburbs.

I posted about it here.

Check out Hemant’s post here.

I particularly liked how Hemant contrasted the recent statement from Willow Creek’s pastor Billy Hybels to a 2007 sermon with the following three bullet points and quotes from Hybels:

Myth 1) Homosexuals are born that way. (“This is a widely believed myth!… this myth is often spread aggressively by the gay liberation advocates…”)

Myth 2) Homosexuals lead happy lives. (“The gay life is anything but gay!… the homosexual lifestyle is a horrible lifestyle and a horror-filled lifestyle… did you know that the average — the average! — homosexual, over the course of a full lifetime, will have between 500 and 1000 sexual encounters with different men?It’s less for lesbians. They have fewer casual episodes or sexual encounters.”)

Myth 3) There is no hope for the homosexual. (“Friends, would you please try to put on the moccasins of a homosexual just one time before we conclude this service?… I frankly have never met a homosexual, or a lesbian, who went all the way to the point of sexual reorientation, sexual wholeness, without the help, without the careful longterm assistance, of a knowledgeable therapist…”)

The entire sermon can be heard here.

Maybe Hybels should interview Phil Hinkle and get a first-hand account of those “myths.”

Marcus Bachmann cries foul, what a wuss

“I was talking in reference to children. Nothing, nothing to do with homosexuality. That’s not my mindset. That’s not my belief system. That’s not the way I would talk. I think the strongest myth is the myth that I have ever called a homosexual a barbarian. We don’t have an agenda or a philosophy of trying to change someone.”

–  Marcus Bachmann, claiming that the audio tape in which he calls gays “barbarians” was doctored.

Here is the original tape (which Bachmann says is “doctored”.)

John Shore: Two Things all progressive Christians must agree to think

I wish I knew more progressive Christians … especially ones who know and understand the following statement from blogger John Shore:

If you’re going to call yourself a Christian progressive, I would like to suggest that you step out of the sugary-sweet Waffle Zone, and instead unapologetically claim as your own these two readily comprehensible beliefs:

1. Being gay is no more an indicator of a person’s moral status than is the color of their eyes.

2. There is no such thing as hell.

By the way, the lead up writing that brings you to the two things is just awful. I enjoy John Shore, but it was as if he had a bunch of notes, he fell in love with them, and said, “It’s cool if I write a bunch of superfluous jokes that might (or might not) make delivery of this news better.


Quote of the Day

The religious right points to the suicide rate among gay teenagers—which the religious right works so hard to drive up—as evidence that the gay lifestyle is destructive. It’s like intentionally running someone down with your car and then claiming that it isn’t safe to walk the streets.

Seen on reddit and found at The Stranger dot com.

Dan Savage: It gets better

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Dan Savage is a badass. He’s actively helping the cause of homosexuality in the public sphere. I respect and admire that.

This video (below) is a great push for gay rights and for furthering the already changing zeitgeist. It’s the result of lifetimes of torment.

When you hear the part about their adoption, it’s a great moment.

What blows me away is that the torment of hate toward homosexuality still exists. I hate ignorance, and even wondering about whether homosexuality is okay or not is an abomination to academic thought and rational logic.

The pockets of hate happen to be pintpointable to places that idolize conservatism and religion. When I told my brother-in-law about the possibility we’d move to the suburbs, I could see in his face the torment of memories. I said, “You can come out and visit us.”

And he said, “Why would I ever want to visit there?”

His disgust for idiocy blinded him from seeing that he might want to visit his sister and I.

He hated growing up in the suburbs. He sees the city as the opposite of hate. It offers tolerance and acceptance. I’m sure he’ll live his whole damn life in the city, because small-minded dumbasses made his life hell in the outskirts.

One of my biggest and weirdest regrets is how I fell for the ideology that homosexuality is wrong. I hate how those ideas manifested into words, sentences and hate speech in every day conversations. And for what? Because I was taught that kind of behavior was “love.”

My brother-in-law is right; the city is a haven for diversity and acceptance of different ideas. If there were a god, I would thank him or her for the city. Because at least that would show some essence of power.

Anyway, enjoy the video and pass it on if you get a chance.