Cory Booker: Sexuality “Doesn’t Make a Whit of Difference” on What Kind of Senator He’d Be

corey-bookerWhy should it matter?  That’s the question asked by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, as he slammed his opponent who’s been insinuating that Mayor Booker is actually gay.

Booker told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that his sexuality is not an issue and Americans should be focused on a candidate’s qualifications for office, not their sexual orientation.

Hayes then asked Booker, “If you are gay, why would you not just come out?”

“Well, first of all, this is the ridiculousness of this point,” said Booker. “The question really should not be whether I’m gay or straight, the question should be why the heck are you asking the question in the first place? It doesn’t make a whit of difference at what kind of senator I’m going to be or not.”

Booker continued, “We need to stop in America talking about anybody in a public realm, besides what is important — the content of their character, the quality of their ideas, the courage within their hearts to serve others.  That’s what’s important.  And so here we have an opponent that is trying to say god-awful things, literally saying, ‘well, I believe a guy should be a guy,’ almost like saying that you are not a man, you are not a man if you’re gay. I mean, that is so extreme, let’s shine lights on that for a second.”

His response couldn’t have been more spot-on.

I’ve said for a long time now, I can’t wait for the day that someone being gay isn’t some kind of a headline.  I still don’t understand why what someone does in the privacy of their bedroom, or who they love, matters to anyone else except the consenting adults involved.

My neighbor’s sexual habits, fetishes or marriage has never once impacted my life.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  I did live in an apartment a long time ago with very thin walls.  And yes, I could hear almost everything.

But beyond cheaply constructed apartments, I’ve never had anyone’s sex life (outside of those that involve me) impact my life.  So why millions of people feel the need to care about who someone loves — or who they have sex with — is simply beyond me.

And that’s the context of what Booker is talking about.  Who a person is, their qualifications and the content of their character should determine how people view them—not who they love.

Now I know for many Republicans being homosexual is a sign of bad character.  But again, I ask these people, “When has homosexuality impacted your love life?  How has it “ruined” your marriage?”  Not your kids, not your friends—yours?

I’ve never had someone come up to me and say, “Homosexuals have ruined my life and my marriage!”  Though if someone was married to a closeted homosexual maybe it has, but that’s a story for another day.

The closest homosexuality has come to “ruining’ my love life is when I’ve seen a woman I thought was very attractive—who turns out to be a lesbian.  I accept and move on.

So when Cory Booker says his sexuality “doesn’t make a whit of difference,” he’s absolutely right.

Oh, and for the record, he’s not gay.  He says he keeps his love life private because he feels it’s unfair to the women involved that they would be thrust into such a scrutinized spotlight simply because they’re dating him.

And much like Mayor Booker, I believe candidates should be judged by their character, their qualifications and what they stand for rather than what kind of consenting adult relationship they’re in.

Because it’s not anyone’s business but their own.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Beverly Haley

    Hear, Hear!! Well said Mr. Booker!!

  • GoFig

    Booker is the voice of the next generation when it comes to human sexuality. It doesn’t matter is the new mantra. Keep up the good work Booker.

  • Timothy Scott Little

    Wow. Just wow. This man is part of our political future.

  • Lyola M Roeske Shafer

    Maybe the “questioner/insinuator

  • Lyola M Roeske Shafer

    Maybe the questioner was looking for a date with the Mayor?

  • Jaime

    Yes, finally a politician that says it! I’m liking this guy more and more

  • gailillly

    I like Corey Booker and always have. What difference does it make if he is gay or straight??? Does that make him better at his job?? I don’t think so. Why can’t people judge on the issues that are at hand and the candidates and what they stand for. That is what really country.

  • I would SO vote for him if I lived in NJ.

  • Suzanne Longo

    Corey Booker for President!

  • Brett Tulloss

    The question that Booker needs to ask is, “When is the next LGBT support group meeting at his house?”

    • dyannne

      Are you looking for a meeting, Brett?

  • ForReal?

    This guy is almost too good to be true. If he’s for real.. please move across the Delaware River to Pennsylvania!!

  • Spawn of Santa

    Good man!

  • Shalom

    Hats off to you, Cory Booker. This is the best response–not a defense, not a counterattack, but simply, “Who cares?”

    I like to say when people claim to think I’m gay, “If that’s your interpretation, I don’t care. I won’t defend myself against something that isn’t an insult.”

  • Bill T.

    It would be nice if this was truly the beginning of a new approach to sexuality in general. I hope it catches on.

  • Corey booker is a self serving corporatist with ties to very conservative outfits. A neoliberal, through and through, in the mold of Obama.

    Why progressives would support Republicans wearing blue is simply mind bending.

  • Eric_Saunders

    Booker is a Wall Street stooge and I can’t believe any of you schmucks would get taken in by him. Actually, judging by Obama, I can totally believe it.