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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Frank Bruni, "Excluded From Inclusion": No Space for Gays and Lesbians at the Republican Convention

In a thoughtful New York Times op-ed entitled "Excluded From Inclusion" (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/opinion/sunday/bruni-excluded-from-inclusion.html?pagewanted=all), which is rendered in reasoned moderate tones, Frank Bruni observes that there was no "space" for gays and lesbians at the Republican convention:

"What the Republicans painstakingly constructed here was meant to look like the biggest of tents. And still they couldn’t spare so much as a sleeping bag’s worth of space for the likes of me."

Regarding Romney, Bruni continues:

"People who know Romney well tell me that he’s not in the least judgmental about gays and lesbians and that he’s more or less accepting of them. That may be so, but it makes him, like others in his party, guilty of a kind of doublespeak, their private sentiments at odds with their public stances."

Bruni is correct. Should Romney emerge victorious in November, he must openly and unreservedly make room for the LGBT population. Shake the Etch-A-Sketch? I don't care what it is called. There can be no moving backwards. C'est tout.

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