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08/09/2010

When people stop being polite and start getting real (anti-equality)

by Jeremy Hooper

Many viewers of mid-'90s TV will remember the charming Sean Duffy from "The Real World: Boston," among other "RW" spinoffs. And you might also remember his now-wife Rachel Campos Duffy, who seemed to have had more than a few epiphanies living in "The Real World: San Francisco" house with the late Pedro Zamora. Or perhaps you even saw 2003's "The Wedding Video," a pro-marriage equality spoof produced by openly gay "Real Worlder" Norm Korpi, in which both Rachel and Sean appeared:

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The Wedding Video

But fast forward to present day. Sean, a Republican, is running for retiring, pro-LGBT Democrat Dave Obey's Congressional seat out of Wisconsin. So now that it's the GOP rather than the MTV to which Duffy is beholden, voting against gay and lesbians' rights is the order of the day:

DuffyfamilyPro-Traditional Marriage: I believe in the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. I voted for the 2006 Wisconsin amendment defining marriage between a man and woman and I do not favor any government-sanctioned union/arrangement that looks like traditional marriage. However, I am not opposed to people entering into contracts for the purposes of inheritance, medical decisions, etc. All Americans, regardless of sexual orientation, have a right to make legal contracts and arrangements with each other and deserve the respect and dignity afforded to all citizens. Values [Duffy For Congress]

Yup, you got it: He voted against us and seems more than ready to do it again, should the opp. arise. Which frankly, for this teen of the '90s, is nothing short of depressing. Sure, I knew Rachel was a Republican even back in the day. And it's not like Sean ever came across as particularly liberal in his slickly-edited Bunim-Murray productions. But these are people who have, without a shred of doubt, lived with LGBT people (out lesbian Genesis was on Sean's season). Laughed with LGBT people. Mourned the deaths of LGBT people. Signed up for a learning experience all about appreciating diversity. And even APPEARED IN A MOVIE ALL ABOUT MARRIAGE EQUALITY. And yet after all that, tyrannically voting on people's rights is Sean's takeaway message?!?

[:sigh:] Just don't tell me Doc Marten was an "ex-gay" therapist. My flannel-garbed memories can't take another hit.

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