by Max Brantley
I ask for your help in nominations for worst person in the world, based on reactions to President Obama's declaration of support for same-sex marriage.
Mitt Romney, who often stumbles on such occasions, was surprisingly moderate. He commented on the sensitivity of the issue for many people. He stood by his belief that marriage is an institution for one man and one woman, but he indicated sympathy for extending certain legal protections and benefits to unmarried partners. Sometimes, a touch of decency manages to break through that icy veneer.
On the other hand, there's Sen. Eddie Joe Williams of Cabot, who is leading the sweepstakes for worst person in the world in Arkansas. He wrote on Twitter:
The president supports same sex marriage.... Question.....what's next? U fill in the blank. I can marry my_____. Makes me see RED
Does it really make Eddie Joe Williams see RED to gaze upon same sex couples in committed relationships — some married thanks to laws in more enlightened states? Does it make him see RED to see them love and raise children? Does it make him see RED to see such loving couples afforded tax, legal, estate, medical and other benefits given heterosexual couples? Does the very sight of a gay person make him see RED? Does Dick Cheney make him see RED?
It is one thing for Eddie Joe Williams to hold to his belief that marriage of two people of the same sex is contrary to his faith. It is another for him to equate loving family people with humans screwing dogs — or whatever imaginary horror he and politicians like him want you to conjure up. That such couples endure and thrive is a miracle in the face of bigotry Eddie Joe Williams couldn't imagine unless he gave himself a truly searching look in the mirror. Some might prefer a dog, come to think of it.