No matter how hard I try, I’ll never understand the obsession some people have with homosexuals and how they live their lives. The ignorance from anti-gay advocates is often astounding, though much of it lies in their misinformed belief that people choose to be gay.
It’s always fun to ask these anti-gay bigots when they chose to be straight. You know, since who we’re sexually attracted to is apparently a choice and all – at least according to them.
But even beyond just the general ignorance many have about homosexuality in general, there are quite a few of these folks who view homosexuals like some sort of deviant sexual predators. I’ve actually heard stories of parents not letting their children associate with friends who have gay parents.
Well, in a huge move for gay rights, the Boy Scouts of America recently changed its rules to allow gay people to be Scout leaders – a move that’s long overdue.
Naturally, conservatives weren’t too thrilled to hear about this news. I’m sure if you ask them why you’ll get a boatload of asinine, irrational responses based on nothing but pure ignorance.
Not surprisingly, newly minted Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker is one of those folks.
During a recent interview, Walker voiced his displeasure with the change of policy, suggesting that children could now be in danger because the Scouts might have gay leaders.
“I have had a lifelong commitment to the Scouts and support the previous membership policy because it protected children and advanced Scout values,” Walker said.
When asked to elaborate on his comments, he continued, “I’m an Eagle Scout. My kids were in Scouts. My mom was a den mother. I think their previous policy was personally fine.”
Of course he thought they were fine – he’s a bigoted heterosexual. He wasn’t someone who was being discriminated against because of how he was born, and he couldn’t care less if others are.
But I found it absolutely deplorable that he would even suggest that Scouts may no longer be safe because homosexuals will now be allowed to be leaders. Then again, that sort of idiocy is nothing new from conservatives and the Republican party.
Interestingly enough, Governor Walker’s wife has actually come out recently and said she disagrees with her husband on gay rights and in particular gay marriage.
She recently said of her husband’s anti-gay rhetoric following the legalization of same-sex marriage:
“That was a hard one. Our sons were disappointed. I was torn. I have children who are very passionate [in favor of same-sex marriage], and Scott was on his side very passionate.”
So, I’m not really sure if Scott Walker should be referencing his wife and kids as part of a statement where he calls the Boy Scouts’ old, discriminatory policies against homosexuals “fine,” because they seem to be in disagreement with his views.
But this just serves as yet another example of how small-minded and petty Republicans are when it comes to gay Americans being treated equally under our laws – just as the Constitution says they should.