Like a lot of people, we rolled our eyes in disgust when financial guru and freshly outed lady lover Suze Orman justified her quest for gay marriage by lamenting the potential loss of her millions. She griped to The New York Times‘ Deborah Solomon:
[My lover KT and I] have millions of dollars in our name. It’s killing me that upon my death, K.T. is going to lose 50 percent of everything I have to estate taxes. Or vice versa.
Alright, that’s kind of a gross justification, but not as sickening as ex-gay and Exodus International leader Randy Thomas’ uncivil statements.
Thomas writes on his blog:
[Orman] does not help some in the gay activist community with their attempts to make this battle, over redefining marriage, a “civil rights” issue. Suze and her partner worrying over their “millions” doesn’t have the same ring or impact as watching young black people being knocked down by fully opened fire hoses and mauled by tax payer funded police dogs. I don’t think [she] would ever make that comparison but some in the activist community do equate the marriage battle with the civil rights battle of the African American community and that is tragic.
Marriage might be a policy battle but it is not a civil rights issue.
Hmmm, is this a game of who’s suffered the most? If so, then Thomas is correct in saying gays haven’t been as oppressed as say black slaves, but unfortunately he misses the mark, because there’s no Kinsey scale for civil rights. You either have equal rights or you don’t. Period. It’s kind of like having a heart. Or a soul. There’s really no in-between…