America bowed its head in respect when pioneering astronaut Sally Ride passed away in July at age 61. And when her obituary revealed she had been in a same-sex relationship for the last quarter century, many in the LGBT community felt it was doubly sad that Ride wasn’t comfortable discussing her lesbianism while she was alive.
What we didn’t think—what no rational person thought—was that her death from pancreatic cancer had anything to do with the fact that she was gay.
Actually the scienticians at the Family Research Institute came to that conclusion, and shared their “findings” in a recent blog post:
Sally Ride, the first U.S. female astronaut, died this year at 61 of pancreatic cancer. Most women live until their 80s. Something strange afoot?
Ride was married to a fellow astronaut from 1982 to 1987. But it was just revealed she had a ‘long time lesbian relationship’ of 27 years. Do the math: her 27 year relationship with a professor of school psychology (and co-founder of Sally Ride’s company) means that she got into that relationship in 1985, smack in the middle of her marriage. It would appear that her childhood friend broke up her marriage.
And Sally may have paid with some of her lifespan. Our latest research into recent homosexual obituaries from San Francisco indicates that lesbians are dying on average around 60ish. Ride fits the pattern of lesbian deaths, but not that of married women’s deaths, which usually extend into the early-to-mid 80s.
Is this proof that homosexual activity leads to an early death? No, of course not. Had she stayed married, Sally Ride might have died at the same age and of the same malady. But, on average, her death fits a consistent pattern suggesting that homosexuality is associated with an early demise.
Brilliant deduction. Of course Gore Vidal was 86 when he died in July. And Maurice Sendak was 83 when he passed in May—both older than the average life expectancy, which is about 75 for men, 80 for women.
Don’t you hate it when facts get in the way of your argument?
h/t: Right Wing Watch