Homophobia and foreign policy

A couple of weeks ago, either read in a news paper or saw a post here on Mitt Romney‘s foreign affairs spokesman. The guy is openly gay, and of course, the folks that make up the base for the presumptive Republican nominee for president went nuts.

Of course, he resigned this week. I didn’t post when it happened because … of course he was going to resign.

A former U.S. ambassador to Romania had something to say about this in the Washington Post:

In 2001, when I, an openly gay career Foreign Service officer, was sworn in to serve as U.S. ambassador to Romania, I and many others hoped that the Republican Party’s obsession with demonizing gay and lesbian citizens was at an overdue end. George W. Bush had chosen me, after all, and a secretary of state known to have advocated for “don’t ask, don’t tell” had sworn me in.

It wasn’t long before that hope was shattered. For months I received bags of hate mail, much of it from writers who identified themselves as “loyal Republicans.” A Republican congressional aide called soon after my arrival in Romania to ask whether my partner’s “socks and underwear” had been transported at taxpayer expense. It quickly became clear to me that the organizations that decried my nomination, or even called for it to be rescinded, shared a Republican membership base.

(Um … of course his partner’s socks and underwear would be transported at taxpayer expense. When you go from one country to another to do a job, it’s called relocation, or, since the congressional aide is a moron, I’ll use the simpler word: moving.)

But then the opinion writer goes into fantasy land:

But Romney’s slowness to comment amid the noise since Grenell’s resignation raises questions about his principles, as well as the quality and depth of his leadership. That’s what should concern us most in this sad affair. We should expect Romney to go further in making clear that issues of sexual orientation will have no bearing on any personnel decisions he makes, whether in his campaign or, should he be elected, in the administration he would lead.

Dream on, former ambassador. You think it’s your party, but they’ve rescinded your invitation.

1 thought on “Homophobia and foreign policy

  1. Gay rights advocates criticized her for waiting until after the 2004 election to voice her disapproval of George W. Bush ‘s positions on gay rights. Noted gay columnist Dan Savage referred to her in his column as a “useless dyke.” During Mary Cheney’s May 19, 2006, appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman , Letterman addressed some of the issues raised by the gay community. He questioned Cheney on why she waited two years after the 2004 election to speak publicly about gay marriage and rights. He also asked whether she had any input on her father’s administration regarding gay issues. Cheney responded that she did not, and that it is not her job to do so.

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