Republicans Caught Between Christian Right and Gay Hypocrisy


Christian wingnuts are pissed that Condoleezza Rice referred to newly appointed Global AIDS Coordinator Mark Dybul’s partner’s mother as Dybul’s “mother-in-law”.

Said the Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg:

“We have to face the fact that putting a homosexual in charge of AIDS policy is a bit like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. But even beyond that, the deferential treatment that was given not only to him but his partner and his partner’s family by the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is very distressing…it’s inexplicable that a conservative administration would do such things.”

Sprigg also notes: “So, for her to treat his partner like a spouse and treat the partner’s mother as a mother-in-law, which implies a marriage between the two partners, is a violation of the spirit if not the letter of the Defense of Marriage Act.”

Interesting that I could agree with something Sprigg said, if for different reasons. I was irked by the fact that, though Rice’s gesture can be seen as pro-gay, without the laws to back it up, it’s also false and hollow.

This really shows the conundrum the Republicans have gotten into since the Foley scandal broke, by having to acknowledge that there are gays everywhere in the Party.