I had mixed reactions to Jacquielynn Floyd’s column in The DMN this morning about the anti-gay bigotry in Collin County.
On one hand, I think it’s good that Floyd has kept the issue in the spotlight for another day. On the other, I disagree with the main premise of the column, which seems to be that a few wingnuts out there are, unfortunately, making her and everyone else in Texas look bad.
First off, I don’t really give a shit how things look. What a way to trivialize injustice! It’s like saying, “Never mind the hate-crime victims, you crazy fundamentalist Christians better stop before you embarrass us self-righteous, politically correct liberals.”
Second, in case Floyd hasn’t noticed, we live in a state where voters approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage by a three-to-one margin a few years ago. Hell, in the Republican presidential race, her own newspaper recently endorsed Mike Huckabee, who believes homosexuality is akin to bestiality.
In my opinion, North Texas isn’t far removed, either geographically or ideologically, from Oklahoma City, where more than 1,000 people turned out at the Capitol on Wednesday to show their support for anti-gay lawmaker Sally Kern.
So if the situation in Collin County makes Texans look “backward” and “creepy,” as Floyd suggests, maybe it’s because for the most part, they are.
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