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04/07/2010

'Lifestyles' of which they use to shame us

by Jeremy Hooper

ESPN's LZ Granderson takes on the far-right's bizarre, unshaking need to believe that gays have some sort of secret "lifestyle" that exists on a fruited plane outside of the rest of America:


I understand opponents of gay rights must highlight differences in order to maintain the "us against them" tension that's paramount to their arguments. But this notion that sexual orientation comes with a different and pre-ordained way of life -- as if we're all ordering the No. 3 at a drive thru -- only highlights how irrational groups such as Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, the American Family Association and others like them are in this whole debate.

Pro-marriage organizations try to stop two consenting adults from marrying. Pro-family groups try to stop stable couples wanting children from adopting unloved orphans.

And somehow, me doing something like going to the grocery store threatens the very fabric of society, as Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern spewed. She says "the homosexual agenda is destroying this nation" and "homosexuality is more of a threat than terrorism." I'm not sure what her idea of a gay lifestyle might be, but with a growing teenager, buying and cooking food dominates my day-to-day.

***FULL PIECE: Myth of the 'gay lifestyle' justifies bias [CNN]

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