Normally, I find the personal issue mud thrown in politics disappointing at best but in this instance it is different. Why? Because Newt Gingrich and his fellow Republican candidates are openly discussing my personal life and making pronouncements about:
My ability to be a parent and my being an “abomination against God” because of who I am attracted to:
“L: But we are talking about homosexuality. Scripture is very clear —- it’s an abomination to God.
G: That’s right. And that’s why I just agreed with you. I think that if you believe in the Bible, then it’s fairly clear. But, I’m not prepared to render judgment to individuals.
L: Do you think homosexuals ought to be able to adopt children?
Interview with John Lofton at the "American View"http://archive.theamericanview.com/index.php?id=331
The validity of my relationship:
"I believe that marriage is between a man and woman. It has been for all of recorded history and I think this is a temporary aberration that will dissipate. I think that it just fundamentally goes against everything we know," the Des Moines Register quotes Gingrich (September 2011) http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/2011/09/30/gingrich-same-sex-marriage-is-a-temporary-aberration/
Or my sexuality being a choice:
Q: Do you believe that people choose to be gay?
GINGRICH: I believe it’s a combination of genetics and environment. I think both are involved. I think people have many ranges of choices. Part of the question is, do you want a society which has a bias in one direction or another?
Q: So people can then choose one way or another?
GINGRICH: I think people have a significant range of choice within a genetic pattern. I don’t believe in genetic determinism and I don’t think there is any great evidence of genetic determinism. There are propensities. Are you more likely to do this or more likely to do that? But that doesn’t mean it’s definitional.
Q: So a person can then choose to be straight?
GINGRICH: Look, people choose to be celibate. People choose many things in life. You know, there is a bias in favor of non-celibacy. It’s part of how the species recreates. And yet there is a substantial amount of people who choose celibacy as a religious vocation or for other reasons. (from interview with http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/12/15/390393/newt-gingrich-gay-people-choose-to-be-gay-like-priests-choose-celibacy/
(and yes, the irony of an adulterer talking about choosing not to follow “propensities” is rich)
Or my ability to serve my country (without, apparently, forcing straight guys into having sex in the tanks/barracks...):
“I don’t think that in the military you would particularly want sexual behavior to be an overt issue.” video at same link above.
So yeah, your personal life matters as much as mine does.
In response to this:http://news.yahoo.com/video/us-15749625/27933986