Can homosexuals be heroes?

Brandi Morgan
Contributing Writer

   You know what would be awesome? I want some guy to become a huge hero in Iraq. I want some guy to save his whole unit from some crazed Iraqi insurgent, get captured in the process, and survive as a POW for a couple of months – all the while acting like an honorable and upstanding American soldier. Clearly, this guy is getting about 20 Medals of Honor at this point, right? His picture would be all over the news. It would be Jessica Lynch times a thousand.

   President Bush would laud the soldier with praise — he will be the poster boy for pro-war conservatives nation-wide. The guy is, after all, a hero. He did heroic things, right?

   At the peak of this adulation, maybe in some nationally-televised NBC Dateline special, Katie Couric asks him what his hopes for his life and future are. I want this guy to come right out and say, “You know, Katie, I’m gay. I have been for as long as I can remember. I wish I could just get married.”

   President Bush would drop dead. Gays can’t be heroes in his eyes. They are unnatural and immoral. That is not the material of heroes.

   George W. Bush supported one of the most hateful pieces of legislation in our nation’s history over the summer: the Federal Marriage Amendment, which bans marriage between anyone but heterosexuals. This can be paralleled to the era before Civil Rights, where only white men could make the rules as to who can marry and who cannot. Remember when it was illegal for a white person and a black person to marry because it violated the sanctity of marriage? Sound familiar?

   Bush made the following comments regarding homosexual marriage. Let’s see what happens when we look at George W. Bush’s thoughts on homosexuality from a racial perspective by replacing words. It will be fun.

  • When talking about (blacks) adopting, he acknowledges his often-stated belief that (blacks) should not adopt.

  • “Well, I’m not going to ask what their (race) is. I’m going to put conservative people in the cabinet. It’s none of my business what somebody’s (race) is. Now, when somebody makes it my business, like on (interracial) marriage, I’m going to stand up and say I don’t support (interracial) marriage. I support marriage between a (white) man and (white) woman.”

  • Bush opposes the extension of hate crime laws to protect (blacks).

  • During the 2000 election, Bush said he was a “don’t ask, don’t tell man” and “would not appoint someone to the Joint Chief of Staff who openly advocated allowing (blacks) to serve in the military.” After he took office, the Pentagon fired a record 1,273 men and women based on (race).

   Not so acceptable now, is it?

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