I no longer pay attention to anything Andrew Sullivan does or says unless it is linked on a right-of-center blog. And given that one of his latest narrow-minded rants appears on this very blog, I feel it somehow incumbent upon myself to address it.
Based on ad put up by Protect Marriage Washington, the one-time serious advocate of gay marriage has concluded that “the GOP believes in no rights for gay couples whatsoever.” Talk about painting with a broad brush. With prominent left-wing bloggers like Sullivan spreading misinformation like this, no wonder we regularly receive comments from unhappy left-of-center gay activists incredulous that a gay person could support the GOP.
Yup, there are Republicans who don’t want the state to recognize same-sex unions even if they’re not called marriage, but many elected Republicans have voted (or spoken out) in favor of civil unions (including the immediate past GOP Governor of Utah). (Not to mention the fact that a certain Republican Governor of Connecticut signed civil unions into law in her state.) Last summer, a poll showed 43 percent of delegates to last year’s Republican National Convention supported civil unions. Maybe Sullivan should check his facts before launching into broadsides against the GOP.
Seems Sullivan would rather attack the GOP than consider the party’s increasing openness to gay people.
Given his ignorant broadsides, it’s amazing he still, with an apparent straight face, claims to be a conservative.
(As just another example of Andrew’s admiration for Obama and (deliberate) ignorance of his predecessor’s accomplishments. While he commends* the Democrat for appointing openly gay ambassadors, he ignores (as does the article he links) that Sullivan’s great antagonist, George W. Bush, way back in 2001, appointed an openly gay man, Michael Guest, to serve as Ambassador to Romania.)
*I perhaps shouldn’t be so snarky about this particular post as Sullivan does therein provide a pretty decent takedown (accounting from his left-wing bias and liberal lingo) of Obama’s impending HRC speech; it’s a kind of lover’s lament.