Saturday, October 27, 2012

Queer Quote: Doug Wright On "Moderates" For Romney

This is a quote from award-winning playwright Doug Wright (Grey Gardens, The Little Mermaid, I Am My Own Wife) that is currently going viral around the web and on Facebook. It responds to someone who claims they are a "moderate Republican" and thus support Mitt Romney for president even though they disagree with his policies on social issues. Wright's response is today's Queer Quote:
"I wish my moderate Republican friends would simply be honest. They all say they’re voting for Romney because of his economic policies (tenuous and ill-formed as they are), and that they disagree with him on gay rights. Fine. Then look me in the eye, speak with a level clear voice, and say, 'My taxes and take-home pay mean more than your fundamental civil rights, the sanctity of your marriage, your right to visit an ailing spouse in the hospital, your dignity as a citizen of this country, your healthcare, your right to inherit, the mental welfare and emotional well-being of your youth, and your very personhood.' It’s like voting for George Wallace during the Civil Rights movements, and apologizing for his racism. You’re still complicit. You’re still perpetuating anti-gay legislation and cultural homophobia. You don’t get to walk away clean, because you say you 'disagree' with your candidate on these issues."
Hat/tip to Joe.My.God. Of course even groups of Republicans who happen to be LGBT like the Log Cabin Republicans have decided to endorse Romney for President, although this is prompting significant  negative reactions.

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