Monday, December 31, 2007


Gov. Mike Huckabee made a substantial donation to the cultural stereotype that being gay is all about sex and nothing else. Watch his explanation of the difference between being born gay and choosing to “behave” gay — that is, have sex.

Notice that he made a fervent effort to differentiate between gay sex and the kinky stuff like S & M and necrophilia, but he still made the distinction between gay sex and the “traditional” sex life of a straight couple.

This would be the point where I would insert the comment that I know a lot of straight couples who engage in what Mr. Huckabee might consider to be “aberrant” sexual behavior, but the truth is that I don’t. I have no idea about the sex life of my married straight friends, and the instrument has yet to be invented that could measure my indifference in finding out what it is like. Unlike a lot of people in the Religious Reich and groups like Focus on the Family, I look at two people in a relationship and see two people and I don’t let some fervent imagining of what they do in the privacy of their bedroom (or wherever) overwhelm me.

He closes with the comment that “how we behave and how we carry out that behavior” is more important. I couldn’t agree more, and him behaving like an ignorant tight-ass obsessed with the sex lives of other people tells us a great deal about him.