Ah yes, the ‘ole “I don’t care that you’re gay, but why do you feel the need to jam your lifestyle down everyone’s throat?” argument.
Speaking about out Pennsylvania Republican lawmaker Mike Fleck (who will almost certainly lose his house seat this week), State Senator John H. Eichelberger Jr. had this hindsight to offer:
“…if [Fleck] had just gone about his business and people thought he was a homosexual or heterosexual or whatever, there wouldn’t be a problem.”
“Or whatever” is right. But he wasn’t finished putting his foot in his mouth:
“A lot of people thought that Mike was a homosexual,” Eichelberger said. “He didn’t announce it and it was OK. The feeling from many people is, he put them in a very uncomfortable position” by coming out.
It sounds like you might be one of those people, Senator.
For his part, Fleck knew he was potentially committing political suicide, saying:
“I am gay. I don’t wear it on my sleeve, it doesn’t define who I am, and quite frankly it’s the least interesting part about me. Nevertheless, I knew that when I came out this race would be nothing more, nothing less than whether my constituency could wrap their mind around the fact that I was a gay man. People fear that which is different.”
Pennsylvania recently became the 19th state to allow same-sex marriage, but clearly they haven’t approved same-sex Republicans yet.