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On Ken Mehlman's Sexuality



I tweeted about this a little bit yesterday, but largely I have avoided commenting on the subject of Ken Mehlman's sexuality because, well, I didn't feel that it was really that big of a deal (or a surprise, for that matter).

The response that I have seen (and read) has largely been predictable. Reasonable conservatives have been metaphorically slapping Mehlman on the back, and many angry liberals have been attacking Mehlman for his contradiction in rhetoric and action versus his personal life.

While I understand the point that those (who are angry) on the Left are making, I find it difficult to get behind their argument. Maybe I'm naive, but I think that it takes a special kind of courage for a person who is gay (man or woman) and a Republican/conservative to come out of the closet about their sexuality. It's hard enough to come out to your family and friends, nevermind that this guy was the friggin' Chairman of the RNC and a campaign manager for George W. Bush's 2004 presidential campaign. Mehlman was essentially a black sheep in a lion's den, surrounded by hungry lions.

Personally, I feel bad for Mr. Mehlman. I can only imagine what it must have been like to be struggling with your own sexuality and be forced to strut around parroting talking points like, "Republicans are for government that stands on the side of marriage, and on the side of strong families." That had to sting.

That conflict aside, I think that

So, good for you Ken Mehlman. I wish you the best of luck. Now the conservative movement has another voice of reason on the issue of sexuality and marriage equality.

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