Does It Matter That Rep. Patrick Murphy Is a Married Heterosexual?

It is indeed worth mentioning, in news reports about repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, that Iraq veteran Rep. Patrick Murphy is married (to a woman) because it highlights one right this heterosexual lawmaker enjoys that the community of people he’s fighting for (the gays) do not — and subtly notes he was not among those who had to hide his sexuality while serving in the armed forces. The same way it’s worth pointing out, when reporting on taxes, which tax bracket a lawmaker falls in; or, when reporting on health care reform, pointing out the health care package a lawmaker enjoys. It’s about disclosure, and we’re quite supportive of it.