Many luminaries of the Christian Right have had their collective undies in a knot over the advent of marriage equality. The notion that queer people could have the same civil rights pertaining to marriage as non-queer people have had these professional homophobes wailing and lamenting the possible demise of marriage in the United States. Additionally, one of the on-going arguments against marriage equality is that it would present an existential threat to children. This threat is rarely explained, but is generally “political bigot code” for queers are really pedophiles. Of course, this is an historic slur, but it is continually invoked in the battles over marriage equality.
Meanwhile, of course, you have these virtucrats having problems of their. One of the most homophobic of US bishops, Robert Finn of Kansas City, was CONVICTED of hiding a priestly pedophile. And then you have folks like former Gov. Mark Sanford, who’s homophobia is legendary, who seemingly got lost on the Appalachian Trail.
So, it is no great surprise that one of the long-standing homophobic virtucrats, someone who has been long-paid to hate on queers, Dinesh D’Souza, hasn’t been defending his own marriage as of late. From Joe.My.God., who quoted World Magazine, which broke the news:
D’Souza’s speech earned him a standing ovation and a long line at the book-signing table immediately afterward. Although D’Souza has been married for 20 years to his wife, Dixie, in South Carolina he was with a young woman, Denise Odie Joseph II, and introduced her to at least three people as his fiancée. Finally, near 11 p.m., event organizer Tony Beam escorted D’Souza and Joseph to the nearby Comfort Suites. Beam noted that they checked in together and were apparently sharing a room for the night in the sold-out hotel. The next morning, around 6 a.m., Beam arrived back at the hotel and called up to D’Souza’s room. “We’ll be down in 10 minutes,” D’Souza told Beam. D’Souza and Joseph came down together, and Beam took them to the airport. The next day another conference organizer, Alex McFarland, distressed by D’Souza’s behavior, confronted him in a telephone conversation. D’Souza admitted he shared a room with his fiancée but said “nothing happened.” When I called D’Souza, he confirmed that he was indeed engaged to Joseph, but did not explain how he could be engaged to one woman while still married to another.
Let me be blunt: If someone is nattering on about how marriage equality is a threat to non-queer marriage, I’m going to assume they’re happily putting their own marriages asunder. It’s all about projection, Dr. Freud.
And please, will someone think of the children….