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.
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