The Gays Have Won
By Bill Maher
In 2004 and 2008, gay issues were front and center in the presidential debates: Are you for gay marriage? Are you for repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? Is Hillary Clinton a lesbian? You couldn’t get away from gay if you tried.
Well, we’ve now had four debates. Or, if you’re a Democrat, three and a half. And no one has mentioned gays. No one is even talking about gay issues. No one is being asked to repeat the tired line “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman.” And President Obama no longer would.
Something may change, but I think it’s fair to say that the gay movement has already won. The issue has come and gone. The numbers are on the side of pro-gay and pro-gay marriage forces. Nothing has happened in states with gay marriage that anyone can point to and say, “See? We were right! Vermont got legal man-on-dog marriage now!”
In fact, it seems gays said, “We’re here, we’re queer, and most of America got used to it.”
The author of the article, “Don’t ask don’t tell don’t call our troops homophobes” Ann Coulter has been a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher a few times. It is frightening to realize that this woman’s advice, beliefs, values and ideals are not only spread across American but there are so many people that follow her and others alike. One can be utterly disturbed by the distasteful sarcasm, crude so-called humor and plainly skewed and deceptive “facts.” It really drives home with a screeching car the reality of how drastically divided this country is when it comes to basic rights and equalities not only for Americans but for humans in general. Religion, power, money and influence are among the elements that do not allow for social equality. Understanding how public figures (especially politicians) use fear mongering as a main tool on their belt of suppression of the non-conservatives is essential to decipher the how, what, when, where and why some (the bible belt and right wing puppets) are disappointingly homophobic. Coulter’s article was written in 2010 and Maher’s blog above was written in 2012; only a two year difference. The two writer’s described in this post, which some would say are at the “extreme” opposite sides of the political continuum are each very passionate and (one is) very emotional about the topic at hand. Fact is, don’t ask don’t tell is repealed. The number of states legalizing marriage equality is growing every year. Social acceptance of homosexual citizens is increasing faster than any conservative would like it to. Conservatives will have to put this ethical issue to rest… because it is the ethical thing to do!