Maybe I wouldn't ask this question if I were a younger man, but is sex that
important? Seems to me that the only issues that people truly care about involve wee-wees. Non-wee-wee matters of far greater weight get yawns.
Dan Cathy, the fundamentalist creep who owns the Chic-Fil-A fast food chain, recently made some anti-gay marriage remarks, which led some politicians
to talk about preventing the company from opening stores. On what grounds? No-one has accused Chic-Fil-A of discrimination or any other illegal practice. Everyone has the right to express an opinion, even a stupid opinion. If you wish to send the aforesaid creep a message, simply do as I do and eat elsewhere.
has it right:
Blocking construction of Chick-fil-a restaurants over Cathy's views is a violation of Cathy's First Amendment rights. Boston and Chicago have no more right to stop construction of Chick-fil-As based on an executive's anti-gay views than New York City would have had the right to block construction of an Islamic community center blocks away from Ground Zero. The government blocking a business from opening based on the owner's political views is a clear threat to everyone's freedom of speech—being unpopular doesn't mean you don't have rights.
For reasons I cannot fathom, the American public's outrage factor remains far more muted when the topic turns to the vote suppression laws which will, in all likelihood, hand the 2012 presidential election to Mitt Romney. Thank god Doonesbury is paying some attention to the issue; maybe Gary Trudeau will ruffle a few feathers. (So to speak
The comparison is instructive: The Chic-Fil-A brouhaha comes down to mere words
. Voter suppression is an actual, legal, history-changing thing
. States are preventing poor people and minorities from exercising their franchise, yet nobody gives a damn. If the new Jim Crow laws targeted gay people instead of black people, there would be a million-person protest march in D.C. faster than you could say Oscar Wilde.
For chrissakes, get your priorities straight. A narrative can be worthy of your attention even if it doesn't involve genitalia.