It's become all too familiar. Governor Pawlenty, of course, has pulled a Mitt Romney (right). Says Pawlenty:
Thank goodness someone is saving third graders from cross-dressing teachers! Of course, Pawlenty is playing on fear of transgendered people in a very ugly way. And Freud might have something to say about him choosing the name "Mr. Johnson"-- but I won't go there.I regretted the vote later because it included things like cross-dressing, and a variety of other people involved in behaviors that weren't based on sexual orientation, just a preference for the way they dressed and behaved. So it was overly broad. So if you are a third-grade teacher and you are a man and you show up on Monday as Mr. Johnson and you show up on Tuesday as Mrs. Johnson, that is a little confusing to the kids. So I don't like that.
When history is finally written about the LGBT fight for equal rights, there will be a special chapter on cowards like Pawlenty who backtracked after doing the right thing for their own political gain.