From Gay City News, a column by Yoav Sivan asks: Is the Closet Okay for Gay-Friendly Pols?

It’s a easy call when we have sexual hypocrites working against our civil rights, but what if the pol in question is legislatively gay affirming, save for marriage equality. Should they be given a pass to remain professionally closeted?

Does one have to be Larry Craig or the Reverend Ted Haggard to be judged a hypocrite and pass the litmus test of eligibility to be outed?

Most pro-gay Democrats, including closeted gay Democrats themselves, play it safe by endorsing legislation in Congress like the Employment Nondiscrimination Act and the Matthew Shepherd Hate Crimes Act. They speak out against the Pentagon’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and gladly endorse civil unions. But they draw the line at marriage equality.

As a gay activist outside the United States, I am stunned that the American gay activists give such politicians a pass. That includes closeted gay politicians who perpetuate the fraud that civil unions are equal to marriage – how many more times must New Jersey prove that wrong? – as well as straight politicians whom the American gay community refuses to out as anti-gay for their opposition to marriage for same-sex couples.

Also, check out Newsweek’s debate between Michelangelo Signorile and Chris Crain, Legitimate Journalism or Witch Hunt?

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding