by Greg Krehbiel on 2 January 2014
At first it was decriminalization. Get rid of laws against homosexual behavior.
Then it was toleration. Quit bashing homosexuals.
Then it was acceptance. This is an acceptable “alternative lifestyle.”
Then it was legal affirmation. Same-sex marriage, etc.
Now the standard seems to be complete equivalence and ambivalence.
“Not that there’s anything wrong with that” — said on a New York liberals’ comedy show — could be taken several ways, from a genuine expression of “that’s okay” to a tongue in cheek “I’m not willing to say there’s anything wrong with that but we all know there is.” (I never watched much Seinfeld, but my co-workers who did watch it insisted that was the real intent.)
I spoke to a retired Navy guy this weekend who told an old joke about this. He said when he joined the Navy, homosexuality was illegal. By the time he left, it was optional. He got out before it was required.
The next step is to make it politically unacceptable to deny that you’re gay — because that implies that you’d rather people not believe that of you, and that implies some sort of judgment against homosexuality.
Craziness is like an addiction. The more you practice it, the deeper you get in and the harder it is to get out.
-- 2014-01-02 » Greg Krehbiel