Ell Gee Bee Whuh?

In a recent appearance at a New Hampshire High School, presidential candidate John McCain was asked about his age. McCain doesn’t present as very dynamic in the video despite his claims of being able to work “24/7.” But he displayed that he might not be current when he did not know what “LGBT” stands for.

After it was explained, McCain had this to say:

Once the meaning was clarified, McCain told sophomore William Sleaster he is opposed to any form of discrimination, but he supports the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and he opposes same-sex marriage.

Got that? Opposed to discrimination BUT those Ell-Gee-Bee-Whutevers should keep quiet about their orientation. Additionally, they should not demand the same rights as straights. Looks like the straight talk express has got a big flat. Maybe those tires are just too old and worn out.

7 thoughts on “Ell Gee Bee Whuh?

  1. I don’t think that’s hypocritical. It’s just like most Americans are opposed to discrimination against polygamous ppl but don’t support legal polygamous marriage.

  2. I tend to think that introducing polygamy into a discussion of same-sex marriage is a red herring. But in any event, I think perhaps same-sex marriage or same-sex relationships are more correctly thought of in terms of how interracial relationships were treated years ago. Imagine if you were allowed to be in an interracial relationship, but you could not talk about it or acknowledge it for fear of being dishonorably discharged.

    That *is* discrimination.

    And opponents of interracial marriage similarly argued also that incest or polygamy or bestiality would follow.

    McCain often talks about the “sanctity of marriage” when he voices his opposition to same-sex marriage. And that is hypocritical.

  3. I don’t see interracial and same sex marriage as the same thing — race is a social construct and sex is a biological reality. I don’t buy the argument that because one type of marriage is moral i.e. interracial, all other marginalized forms of marriage are moral. Polygamy, while not permitted by my religion, isn’t something I find particularly problematic outside of spiritual grounds. I didn’t mean polygamy as a scary threat but as an example of something unpopular — for example, I don’t see any gay marriage activists fighting for the rights of polygamists — is it immoral for them to draw the line at polygamy?

  4. Again, this is a red herring, panracial. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is discriminatory. McCain’s opposition to “any form of discrimination” doesn’t include discrimination against gays and lesbians.

  5. But what makes something a red herring — because it’s beyong the pale to you? To me, polygamy isn’t nearly as controversial as same sex marriage. I’ve dated a guy from a polygamous (not American) family and was actually quite tickled at the idea of extra grannies for my hypothetical kids. But let’s address red herrings, if we don’t allow bestiality or anything else, is that discrimination too?

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