One of the five defendants in the Proposition 8 trial that begins in California on Monday wants out, according to the New York Times.
Hak-Shing William Tam was one of five people who stepped up to defend Prop 8 when the governor and attorney general decided not to. Now he said publicity from the trial would endanger him and his family and that he has been harassed and his property vandalized.
Here’s why he devoted a year of his life to take rights away from gays and lesbians: “One by one, other states would fall into Satan’s hands. Every child, when growing up, would fantasize marrying someone of the same sex. More children would become homosexuals.”
So now we understand more about the thinking of these protectors of “straight marriage.”
Obviously this guy is talking from personal experience. He must be so haunted by his own gay fantasies that just the idea that gay couples are now legally recognized would be enough to push him out of the closet. He thinks that just because he was haunted by these fantasies, everyone else is too.
When I was growing up, “straight marriage” was all there was so I was haunted by fantasies of having sex with women. Oh, wait. I lived in a household with heterosexual parents, in a neighborhood with heterosexual neighbors, and went to a school with heterosexual teachers. And yet those fantasies that I must have had about heterosexuality — never happened.
So if this is the best this guy’s got, the case is a slam dunk. And while no, it’s not all right to threaten this guy, his bigotry and hatred for gays and lesbians blinded him. And no, he should not be released from the case. If the drivel that he’s been spouting is what brought the case to court, he should be forced to defend it. He has personally caused quite a bit of damage to gay and lesbian families in California and cost the gay and lesbian community quite a bit of money. He should be held accountable — or Prop 8 should be thrown out on its ass along with him.
Tam’s side was successful last week in keeping live video out of the courtroom. No picture of Tam could be found to publish.