“I’m a senior GOP spokesman, and I’m gay. Let me get married,” begins James Richardson, a former spokesman and adviser for the Republican National Committee and Governors Haley Barbour and Jon Huntsman.
The conservative Georgian decided to come out of the closet in hopes of moving the needle on Republican opposition to same-sex marriage, especially in light of Louisiana’s marriage ban having recently been deemed ‘constitutional’ in court.
He starts off by making a rather sad statement:
“For my admission here, I will alienate friends whose faiths regard my sexuality as culturally corrosive.”
We aren’t exactly sure of Richardson’s definition of friendship, but we’re pretty sure that if your sexuality alienates someone, they weren’t truly your friend in the first place.
Then he goes on to explain his decision more, pointing out that:
“Nearly one-third of [recently turned marriage supporters] say they were won over through personal encounters with gay family members or friends, so the potential reward of convincing even one dubious neighbor is greater than the assumed risk of a diminished social orbit. And it’s okay if I alienate a Facebook friend or two.”
There he goes again worrying about alienating his “social orbit.” If I had to worry that much about what my friends thought of me I might start looking for a new table to sit with at lunch. But he’s doing something difficult here, and we applaud the courage.
As one might expect from a conservative political operative, his argument for gay marriage is pretty boring.
We bless our suppers, we pay our taxes, and we own a home in the suburbs. Norman Rockwell would have thought us boring, because, frankly, we are.
Did I say boring? I meant boringly self-aware.
But he does make an interesting fiscal argument that should rouse the ear hair of even the whitest of old conservative men:
“Within just three years of legalizing same-sex marriage, according to a new white paper by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, upward of 1,000 out-of-work Georgians would find stable employment and the state treasury would bank $5.5 million in new sales tax revenue borne of a big gay dowry for an expanded hospitality industry.”
Welcome out of the closet, James. We sincerely hope some of your “friends” are listening, too.