Ref. BishopIoan: "I find it ironic that those who want to drive us back into the closet cannot themselves bear the light of scrutiny."
Damn good point! This makes me think of a line in a political commentary book that I read some years back. The writer, Allan Fotheringham, was commenting on how TV cameras can be very cruel, and can amplify phoniness and meaness. Fotheringhim said that one reason for the fall of Joe McCarthy is that the televising of the Communist witch-hunt hearings allowed everyone to see what a thug ol' Joe was.
I'm also thinking of Adm. Mullen's presentation to the Senate, where he said that he, personally, thinks DADT should be repealed. I saw clips of that on the news, and the Admiral came across so well - sincere, reasonable, and measured. Those Republican Senators who opposed the Admiral's position came across as intolerant jerks, trying to come up with reasonable-sounding excuses for their fear and bigotry. One of those Senators even had the nerve to accuse Adm. Mullen of trying to use "undue influence". Seriously?!
I'm a straight woman who supports same-sex marriage because I don't want my friends to be discriminated against. I've had a membership at a gay club for about six years, and the people there have been really good to me. Queer people are nice! I'm not going to tell my drinking buddies that they shouldn't be allowed to marry.