Senator Boasts: No Gay People in My Family

In what must have been the low point during yesterday's senate floor debate, Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe pointed to a large picture of his extended family. "I'm really proud," he said, "that in the recorded history of our family, we've never had . . . any kind of homosexual relationship."

We can only hope he's not wrong. How sad it would be if he were.

H/T: AmericaBlog

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At 12:50 PM, Blogger Communitygal said...

Ingrid wrote "We can only hope he's not wrong. How sad it would be if he were."

Perhaps sad, yes, that Inhofe doesn't understand the effect his hatred has on those who are not yet out of the closet, but sad that he would have a gay family member? Hell, no.

It would be wonderful! Think how liberated that family member would feel and be if s/he were to throw open the closet door today, say to Inhofe, "Cousin, you're wrong. I'm here, I'm queer, get used to it." Think of the support that person would have throughout the country, and what an education it would give everyone about the misunderstandings, lies, pain, and fear that accompany the closed closet door.

So if Inhofe's cousin, or second-cousin-once-removed, or brother or aunt or mother, reads this, I say, "go for it! we've got your back!"

At 1:03 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Honestly, his display was quite sickening. He speaks of us (and likewise many millions of Americans) as some sort of disease or perversion. It was just like how many normal people might say "I'm proud to say that no one in my family is an alcoholic or felon."

I honestly doubt that no one in his family is gay or bisexual. We know the odds. It is quite probable, however, that no one in his family feels comfortable coming out of the closet with such a bigot in the family.

It reminds me of when I was about 14 and my older brother could tell something was bothering me. He said, "you know, you can tell me anything, bro...just as long as you're not gay." That scared me back into the closet for another few years, just as I'm sure Senator Inhofe's comments probably will for some member of his family.


At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Todd said...

Sad would be if one of the kids or teenagers in that picture is gay and hearing this kind of immoral and cruel boast from someone she looks up to. Having a family member like Sen. Inhofe might very well defer the self possession and confidence required to "come out", rather than stage the kind of moment Community Gal describes.

While open and self-respecting gay family members can no doubt turn even hard liners like Inhofe, it's sad that such a burden should be placed on them in the first place.

But, of course, I agree: the burden's there. And the strength gay people demonstrate in meeting such a burden day in and day out remains one of the great untold stories.


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