Governor Bill Richardson’s apology for the mistake he made in saying that sexual orientation is a choice did not surprise me, because he has been a strong supporter of our right to be treated fairly throughout his public career. It is especially relevant that he voted consistently on our side from the start of his Congressional career in the 1980s, when the issue of LGBT rights had far less support even from Democrats that it has today. I regret Gov. Richardson’s misstatement – as I sometimes regret one or two of my own – but his error in the pressure of a debate should not detract from his very strong record in defense of equality for all Americans, including those of us who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
Well, we know where Frank stands on this matter. How regular gays will react remains to be seen. Us? We’re willing to forgive, sure, but we doubt we’ll forget anytime soon.
We’ve got very good memories, like an elephant. (A democratic elephant, not one of those stodgy, symbolic GOP mammoths.)