U.S. Congressional superqueero Tammy Baldwin (pictured, right) just ended her fifteen year relationship with her wife—oh wait, “domestic partner” —Lauren Azar (left). The couple will dissolve their Wisconsin domestic partnership but, Baldwin’s press secretary adds, “Neither Tammy nor Lauren will have any further public comment on this very private matter.” Good luck with that.
Dumping bad news over Memorial Day Weekend is always a smart idea: Reporters and readers are away from the care of their computers and newspapers and televisions, and by Tuesday a bigger story will bubble up that’ll make everyone skip, forget about, or not care about your situation. So hat’s off to Baldwin for this coup.
But seeing just one of three openly gay lawmakers end her long-term relationship is reason enough to be inquisitive. With important things like the Defense of Marriage Act on the table, all we need is one douchebag Republican pointing at Baldwin and going, “See? They’re unstable!” Which is, of course, a lie; the relationship between Baldwin, 48, and Azar lasts longer than most heterosexual marriages.