I don't care if Larry Craig is gay. I care if he is so self-loathing that he votes against his own, and most American's interests, while still needing to cruise a crapper at an airport. On that topic, Hilzoy at Obsidian Wings says it best:
I have a certain sympathy for closeted gay men and lesbians. I think that being so deeply ashamed of a part of yourself that's so fundamental, and that you can do nothing to change, must be close to unbearable; and the knowledge that coming clean would involve not only admitting that you're gay, but also that you have lied for years to people you care about, and who trust you, would only make it that much worse. But my sympathy vanishes when it comes to people who support amending the Constitution to ban gay marriage, as Craig did. There are limits to what you get to do to protect your own secrets, and being willing to permanently destroy gay men and lesbians' chances to marry the people they love, and with whom they have found happiness, is way, way outside them.
(For the record, I don't have much sympathy for straight people who support this idiotic and mean-spirited amendment either.)
Indeed. But there's a civil liberties issue here, something I think few have mentioned, that the Craig take-down was based on pretty flimsy evidence:
He moved his right foot so that it touched the side of my left foot...
Creepy, to be sure. But an arrestable offense? I'm really not sure. I would be really uncomfortable if someone did that to me. But I certainly wouldn't resort to Tuckie-poo's solution:
CARLSON: I have. I've been bothered in Georgetown Park. When I was in high school.
. . .
CARLSON: I went back with someone I knew and grabbed the guy by the -- you know, and grabbed him, and -- and --
ABRAMS: And did what?
CARLSON: Hit him against the stall with his head, actually!
CARLSON: And then the cops came and arrested him. But let me say that I'm the least anti-gay right-winger you'll ever meet --
Words fail me.
Update: from the always amazing darkblack in comments: