Gay staffer of Newt Gingrich is vilified! Article by Andrew Sullivan of the Daily Beast.
Grenell’s sexual orientation is irrelevant to his ability to serve as
Romney’s foreign policy spokesman. Heck, he’s worked in a similar
capacity for other prominent–and respected–conservatives for years. And
he didn’t leave his party even as gay groups demonized Republicans.
And even when a Republican president came out in support of an
amendment which would enshrine the traditional defining of marriage in
the federal constitution.
Yes, Grenell was prepared to work for an administration opposed to
marriage equality even when he supported it passionately (like, ahem,
Dick Cheney). He was prepared to be ostracized by many in his own
community for being a Republican, taking brickbats from the gay liberal
establishment, and throwing many punches back. His neoconservatism is,
so far as I can tell, completely sincere, and he has a huge amount of
experience as a spokesman.
It's sometimes hard to explain to outsiders what level of principle
is required to withstand the personal cost of being an out gay
Republican. I've only ever been a gay conservative (never a Republican),
and back in the 1990s, it was brutal living in the gay world and
challenging liberal assumptions. I cannot imagine the social isolation
of Grenell in Los Angeles today, doing what he did.
And his reward for such loyalty, sincerity and pugnacity? Vilification.
I mean: what do Republicans call a gay man with neoconservative passion, a committed relationship and personal courage?
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