Sir Xsarus wrote:
Why defend him Gbaji?
It's not so much about defending him, as disagreeing with the yardstick you're using to judge him by in the first place. As Moe points out, there's a double standard to these sorts of things.
Even beyond that though, I simply do not agree with your assumption as to why
a republican politician might oppose any of a set of bills labeled as "*** rights bills". You assume he opposes them out of some kind of hatred for homosexuality. Thus, the idea that he might himself be a closet homosexual is followed by accusations of hypocrisy and/or self-hatred.
If you accept that there are other reasons to oppose said legislation which have nothing to do with liking or disliking the group in question, you'll see that your assumption is unfounded, and his own personal life is irrelevant in that context.
I know you don't. Despite the fact that I've explained this dozens of times in a whole slew of various *** marriage threads (among others in which I espouse the same "government shouldn't pick favorites" idea). I hold out hope that one day you might indeed "get it".
It just makes you look like a partisan hack. Regardless of how loud he was, he's opposed it, voted against it, and then Real life got in the way.
In what way does his "real life" affect his position on *** marriage? Do you see how you are proceeding from an assumption that everyone makes political decisions based on the same criteria you use? You pick sides. You like certain groups, so you support them and support legislation which benefits them. Conservatives largely don't believe that process should be used at all. Thus, they'll oppose a liberal movement to provide something to a group that the liberals like, not because the conservatives "dislike" that group, but because they believe that is the wrong criteria to use.
The very fact that you assume that someone who is *** (closeted or not) is automatically a hypocrite if he opposes *** marriage shows the degree to which that "pick a side" mentality pervades your political thinking. It just can't occur to you that not everyone makes political decisions that way. thus, you constantly run around ascribing false motives to others, based on why you
would do what they are doing, rather than considering that they might do it for a completely different reason...