Thursday, August 26, 2010

Better Late Than Never...

Ken Mehlman came out of the closet this week:

"It's taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life," said Mehlman, now an executive vice-president with the New York City-based private equity firm, KKR. "Everybody has their own path to travel, their own journey, and for me, over the past few months, I've told my family, friends, former colleagues, and current colleagues, and they've been wonderful and supportive. The process has been something that's made me a happier and better person. It's something I wish I had done years ago."

Privately, in off-the-record conversations with this reporter over the years, Mehlman voiced support for civil unions and told of how, in private discussions with senior Republican officials, he beat back efforts to attack same-sex marriage. He insisted, too, that President Bush "was no homophobe." He often wondered why gay voters never formed common cause with Republican opponents of Islamic jihad, which he called "the greatest anti-gay force in the world right now"...


Well, that one's almost too easy. Al-Qaida and other Islamist asshole groups probably do constitute the biggest anti-gay force in the world. But apart from our Log Cabin brothers and sisters, the most likely reason we gay voters aren't flocking to the GOP is because it may be the second biggest anti-gay force in the world. In my own book, the enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend.

And several years ago, Mehlman was Bush's Director of the White House Office of Political Affairs while the Republican Party was actively trying to write homosexual people out of the Constitution. Technically, that makes him my enemy.

But this time, I'm going to let it slide. It took me 37 years to start telling people I was gay, and unlike Mehlman, I'm not completely out yet. Not everyone I deal with on a daily basis knows for a fact that I'm gay. Therefore, I don't think I'm in a position to judge him.

Instead, I wish him the best of luck in his search for happiness and in life in general. The good his coming out will do in the long run just might outrun the bad he did on behalf of the GOP...

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