OMG you guys. When Utah’s Sen. Orrin Hatch told a Republican town hall crowd that “gays and lesbians don’t pay tithing, their religion is politics,” he was paying you a compliment, sillies!
In explaining his comments, Hatch told reporters, “Many gay people are vociferous Democrats who are willing to pony up money for politics. That’s something I admire. I don’t know how I could have been much more complimentary the way I said it. … There are some very, very good gay people who are very religious who undoubtedly pay tithing. That wasn’t what I was talking about. I was talking about politics and praising them for getting involved. I was making the point that they don’t just stand on the side, they actually support their Democratic candidates with their money.”
It’s not the first time Hatch, the senior senator, has said nice things about us. Recall this February interview where he voiced support for letting gays serve openly in the military.
Hatch’s latest comments actually sounds quite familiar: Rep. Barney Frank, THE HOMOSEXUAL, has long praised the efforts of the National Rifle Association for its ability to lobby (threaten?) lawmakers to legislatively achieve its agenda. And it’s the NRA that Frank says The Gays should look to to learn some fundamentals about its own strategizing efforts.
What Hatch is saying, then, is that Republicans need to look to The Gays for tips on coming together with unifying messages and tactics. That is quite a compliment. It also completely ignores the fact that gay activists are wholly splintered on strategy, but hey, the GOP doesn’t need to know that.