Thursday, August 12, 2004

All Gay, All The Time

Gov. Jim McGreevey of NJ just announced he'd resign as of mid-November, because he had an "adult consensual affair with another man, which violates my bonds of matrimony." He made this announcement--including announcing that he was a "gay American"--with his (second) wife standing next to him. This has got to be one of the most bizarre news stories of the last few years. First, what is his wife doing next to him at the news conference? Admittedly, having your husband say that he had an affair with a man is, arguably, easier to take than having him say that his affair was with a woman. In the former case, McGreevey could, with great plausibility, tell her that, "it's not you, it's me." Well, if he is gay, that's probably true. Are they getting divorced? Second, why did he announce that he was a "gay American?" Not a gay person, but a "gay American." Is this supposed to be a form of patriotism? An appeal to the solidarity of fellow gay Americans? Third, was he about to be outed, so he tried to get ahead of the curve? Fourth, why not make the announcement and see what happened? It's not like he's running for office in Alabama--it's New Jersey for godsakes.

Also, the California Supreme Court did the inevitable, and voided the SF gay marriages. The truth is that this was always a stunt, although it turns out it was a stunt that probably will end up hurting a lot of folks who actually thought they were going through a real wedding.

All in all, not a good day for gay people. And with Andrew Sullivan on vacation!

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