It seems for some gay activists, everything is political. Mark, one of our readers, alerted me to a story about which he, while regularly disagreeing with yours truly, offers commentary that I find spot-on: “stunts like this make gay people look like idiots”. Well, fortunately, most Americans (or so we hope) won’t judge all gay people by the juvenile antics of this one man who wallows in his (perceived) victimhood:
A gay man was excused from jury duty in New York last week because he said that discrimination against gays makes him a second-class citizen and therefore he couldn’t be impartial.
Jonathan D. Lovitz, an actor, model, and singer who will be on Logo’s upcoming show Setup Squad, wrote on his Facebook page, “I raised my hand and said, ‘Since I can’t get married or adopt a child in the state of New York, I can’t possibly be an impartial judge of a citizen when I am considered a second class citizen in the eyes of the justice system.’”
And instead of criticizing the man for this self-righteous stunt, the Advocate reports that some activists are encouraging “others to use the strategy”. Such individuals have so internalized the victim mentality that they define themselves as second-class citizens. Wonder why they need convince themselves of such status.
This is not to say that things are perfect for gay Americans, but the notion that we’re second-class citizens suggests we lack the fundamental rights and privileges associated with citizens, many denied African-Americans in certain states until federal legislation in the mid-1960s overturned discriminatory laws and practices.
No one is preventing Mr. Lovitz from voting, from assembling peaceably to petition for a redress of grievances. And he’s the one trying to get out of jury service. These were all things state governments in the South prevented blacks from doing in the era of Jim Crow.
If this man is not ready to assume the responsibilities of citizenship, can he assume the responsibilities of matrimony?