WATCH: Gov. Rick Perry is totally unable to defend Texas’ denial of civil rights to gays

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We finally got around to watching Texas Gov. Rick Perry on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night. And it turns out the interview contains an interesting discussion related to same-sex marriage. As if he’s reading directly from this blog, Stewart brings up Perry’s statement in his new book that if you don’t like medicinal marijuana or gay marriage, you shouldn’t move to California.

“Even within Texas, it’s not a monolith,” Stewart tells Perry. “You got 55 percent of the vote, and that’s a big victory, but 45 percent of the people in Texas didn’t vote for you. Thirty percent of those might want medicinal weed or gay marriage. Are there certain basic rights that all Americans should have no matter where they live, even if the majority would suggest otherwise? Are you with me on that? And can’t freedom also be protected by government?”

“Absolutely, I get that,” Perry says, before doing some sort of ape-like gesture with his hands on Stewart’s desk and saying that he thinks the federal government should only perform certain basic functions like delivering the mail.

Gee, that’s very fuckin’ enlightening, governor.

—  John Wright

‘Them’ and ‘They’: The phantom gay monolith that’s thorning Shirley’s rose

Shirley Huntley, the Queens, NY, Democrat who opposes marriage equality, is fighting to keep her seat in the midst of a primary challenge from pro-equality Lynn Nunes. So what does she do? Well, without providing any proof of the connection, she intimates that gay rights activists are sending her death threats, natch:

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State Sen. Shirley Huntley Mailer Links Death Threats To Gay Marriage Supporters [NY Daily News]

Could it be a gay activist that sent the flowers? Perhaps. But it could also be a disgruntled former employee of her maintenance company Huntley Enterprises. It could be a constituent disgruntled with her health care views. It might be a supporter using the victim strategy that is so popular with those who vote against equality. Hell, it could be a local delivery man who misdirected someone’s floral parting gift! The point is that we do not know, and neither does Sen. Huntley.

As a gay New Yorker myself, I can tell you that silly political stunts are nowhere on my radar. Preserving equality is. Last December, the senator from Southeast Queens joined seven other Democrats in voting against my marriage. No, that action does not deserve a funeral bouquet. But it also doesn’t deserve a vote, IMHO.




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—  John Wright