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It’s Not That Gore Vidal Hates Gays Marriage. He Just Hates Americans Who Want It


Gore Vidal has never been one to keep his mouth shut. Even on the homosexual activist agenda! That includes the subject of gay marriage, which he’s never been a fan of. But not in the Elton John sort of way. But in a “even straight marriages are F’d” sort of way. In 2006, he told Time, “Since heterosexual marriage is such a disaster, why on earth would anybody want to imitate it?” His position hasn’t changed, but the recipient of his ire may have. He’s now going after Americans!

Like pal Dennis Altman, Vidal thinks the idea of gay marriage is bogus. But then why are we all fighting mad about securing the right to, one day, get a divorce? Because we are ignorant patriots, that’s why.

“I’m not into partnerships,” Vidal, a single man, says. “I don’t even know what it means. [I couldn’t] couldn’t care less [about same-sex marriage. Does anyone care what Americans think? They’re the worst-educated people in the First World. They don’t have any thoughts, they have emotional responses, which good advertisers know how to provoke.”

(Vidal, a former Hillary Clinton supporter who switched to Barack Obama, has his own criticism of the current president. Obama is doing “[d]readfully. I was hopeful. He was the most intelligent person we’ve had in that position for a long time. But he’s inexperienced. He has a total inability to understand military matters. He’s acting as if Afghanistan is the magic talisman: solve that and you solve terrorism. … He f***ed [health care] up. I don’t know how because the country wanted it. We’ll never see it happen”)

Now, it’s easy to dismiss the ramblings of an octogenarian who, it could be argued, is out of touch with the priorities of gay Americans today. But this is a man who appeared on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Ali G show as himself. He must get us, right?