Just five days ago, I blogged that “anti-gay” has become an “all purpose slur to silence politically incorrect opinions on gay issues“. We’ve seen that in the current contest to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat. Last month, a reader from New England alerted me to an article on gay Boston website identifying Scott Brown, the Republican nominee in that contest, as “anti-gay“.
The editors of the site did not respond to my e-mail requesting information on how they reached that conclusion. And my research turned up no evidence to support their claim. To be sure, Brown “opposes gay marriage and supports the Defense of Marriage Act”, but so too do a lot of Americans who do not harbor animus against homosexuals. They just believe marriage is an institution (which should be) reserved for couples of different sexes.
Indeed, despite his opposition to gay marriage, Brown has not dwelled on the issue in his campaign, telling editors of the Boston Herald that gay marriage in the Bay State is “settled law“:
Gay marriage, which he once wanted to put up for a referendum? “This is settled law” in Massachusetts, he said. “People have moved on.”
Just the other day, in fact, he chatted up two lesbians at Doyle’s in Jamaica Plain. They were so wowed, they asked for a “Brown for Senate” sign.
Doesn’t sound like an anti-gay fellow to me. Guess the editors at the Edge believe any Republican opposing gay marriage must necessarily be anti-gay.