I think Charlie Martin made history at Pajamas Media today when he defended the equality of lesbians and gays in the comment section of my piece on why it is a slur to call someone lesbian or gay, which came up due to the possibility that Obama will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan, who is a lesbian, to fill the seat on the Supreme Court that will open when Justice John Paul Stevens retires this summer at the end of the court’s current session.
Theo, your comment came ->| |<- this close to ending up in the trash, since it has no point at which it responds to Cynthia except to make unwarranted assertions about her personally. In fact, I trashed it and hit undo twice before deciding to pass it through and respond to you instead.
(1) This comment is wholly unjustified. In fact, Cynthia lived for 20+ years in a committed relationship with a partner who was slowly dying from a chronic disease, and now lives with her father because her father needs a full-time caregiver. She deserves an apology which, I suspect, you aren’t sufficiently adult to give.
(2) When posting a comment consisting, as this does, entirely of an ad hominem against the author, you ought to re-read item 3 in the comments policy, and consider that the comments may be being moderated by a cranky old-fashioned SOB who may not be in a mood to suffer fools.
There’s more — click the link above to see. And pay attention to what you DON’T see — the ad hominem comments that are NOT getting approved that until today WERE considered valid contributions to the discussion of lesbian and gay equality. Based on past experience, I believe Charlie probably has deleted at least 30 or 40 anti-gay rants from commenters who have been accustomed to seeing comparable remarks get approved. Similar attacks on the concept of equality for women and Jews do NOT get approved in the regions of the conservative world that consider those settled questions. This is a tipping point moment in the conservative blogosphere in the direction of the paradigm shift toward equality for lesbians and gays under the law.
Also see my piece on “How to grab the gay equality issue from the Left,” which I discussed with Charlie and which I believe directly led to this moment.