Friday, December 11, 2009

Dan Savage on the Jenny and Mark Sanford divorce...

I wouldn't consider myself Dan Savage's greatest fan.  I recognize his wit and talent, but his biting sarcasm doesn't always speak to me.  However, his column on Jenny Sanford is spot on:

Jenny Sanford Files For Divorce

Posted by Dan Savage on Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 9:10 AM

What is there to say really? They tried to reconcile but weren't able to repair their relationship. Her husband did describe his mistress as his "soul mate" at a press conference and that's not a wound that heals, huh? So this was to be expected. I feel bad for the kids. As for the statement Jenny Sanford released...
“As so many of us know, the dissolution of any marriage is a sad and painful process. It is also a very personal and private one."
The dissolution of a marriage is a sad, painful, personal and private process—if you're the straight first lady of South Carolina. If you're just some nice lesbian couple living in Maine or California the dissolution of your marriage is a highly public process, complete with lying campaign ads and anti-gay demagoguery and bigots traipsing to the polls And these anti-gay bigots in Maine didn't look too sad on election night in Maine:
Let's respect Jenny Sanford's privacy where these deeply personal matters are concerned. Which is more than this socially conservative political wife—who now has political ambitions of her own—was ever willing to do for gays and lesbians.

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