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The cruelty of war (comparisons)

by Jeremy Hooper

You know that whole Vietnam war thing that was responsible for several million deaths? Yea, well, if you are currently or have the prospect of ever being in a same-sex marriage, than the National Organization For Marriage's resident "nice guy" Brian Brown (along with an unnamed veteran friend) has just directly likened your relationship, and the supposedly high stakes prevention thereof, to that past bloody skirmish:

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KEEP READING: NOM Marriage News: September 11, 2009 [NOM]

Well a huge portion of the population did and do consider both 'Nam and NOM to be unjust, so maybe they have a point. Now if you'll excuse this writer armed warrior, I must go polish my wedding ring M16, then go greet my husband with a kiss drop some Napalm on unsuspecting heteros, all before settling in for a quiet night brute battle filled with Vietnamese takeout food blood and DVDs guts.

Miss Saigon? Just call this fed-up gay man Mr. [::sigh::]-far-from-gone!


**RELATED NOTE: It's interesting how every anonymous man who makes enough of an impact in brian's life to merit a mention in his fundraising emails is always so "distinguished-looking."

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A lot of people do assume that military members and their spouses (like me) are right wingers and anti-gay marriage but that is not always the case. Especially for me. Sure I could sit idly by like most people and give the ol "Well it doesn't affect me" speech but it does! It does affect me and it affects everyone in this country. Being against LGBT issues in my opinion means being un-American. I would do anything I could to assure that everyone has the same rights regardless of their gender, race, sexual preference, etc. There are several gay and lesbian members of my husband's unit and they are treated no different than those who are straight. Sadly I know that is not the case for every base (particularly those farther south) and that saddens and sickens me. The military idealy should fight for fairness and justice, and I wish that more of them had the decency and the common sense to know that they are not just fighting for the freedom of only men or only women or only someone of a certain race, but everyone. Not to sound too dramatic, but gay rights is the thing I believe most fiercely in. Knowing that we live in a time where prejudice not only exists but is often rewarded makes me beyond ashamed. We are not nearly as progressive as we'd like to think we are.

Posted by: Mrs. M | Sep 11, 2009 3:49:43 PM

Is it just me, of does Brown always make a point of describing how physically attractive his gentleman callers are? Here's my guess as to the top 5 compliments Brown paid to his gentleman callers, that Maggie censored:

5. His chiseled torso would make G.I. Joe jealous.
4. Features reminiscent of a younger Clooney.
3. Features reminiscent of an older Clooney.
2. A two hundred dollar coif, and freshly pedicured.
1. Hands as soft as a baby's butt.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Sep 11, 2009 3:53:35 PM

Totally, Dick. I added a note at the end of the post, reminding readers of the last "distinguished looking" man to suddenly enter into Brian's life.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Sep 11, 2009 4:09:19 PM

I love how NOM keeps using poll results to say there's no support when even the CBS poll says that 32% support civil unions while 30% support marriage equality. That's 62%.

It runs roughly a 2:1 ratio in every single poll. But NOM will continually twist it to look like there's no progress.

Posted by: Tony P | Sep 11, 2009 4:51:44 PM

And Mr. Anecdote makes another visit to the NOM office. I wonder if the distinguished looking veteran, the distinguished looking congressman and their dozens of distinguished looking gay friends who support having their rights taken away all live in the same house.

Posted by: penguinsaur | Sep 11, 2009 5:05:47 PM

PSSSST!Brian sees... distingquished people...

Posted by: louise | Sep 11, 2009 5:53:31 PM

I find it interesting that he seems to notice the looks of "distinguished" gentlemen but not those of younger men. The evidence seems to suggest Brown's a daddy-chaser.

Posted by: Xaocoh | Sep 11, 2009 6:22:28 PM

Can Vietnam be spelled as two words? 'Cause Brian Brown called it "Viet Nam".

Posted by: John | Sep 11, 2009 7:15:07 PM

It's apparent Mr. Brown is more concerned about how someone looks than what's in their heart.

Posted by: Julie M. | Sep 13, 2009 12:26:38 PM

"Remind me to tell you about the time I looked into the heart of an artichoke" -- Margo Channing

Posted by: Mykelb | Sep 14, 2009 2:03:38 PM

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