Sean Bielat, who is running to unseat the openly gay congressman from Massachusetts, Barney Frank, was asked in the Boston Herald how he felt about gays serving in the military, and had this to say:
“There’s no absolute right to serve. Men under the height of 5 feet, 2 inches can’t serve – I don’t see anybody protesting. Where are the people standing in front of the White House, the short guys standing in front of the White House? You don’t see it,” Bielat said. “We understand that there’s no absolute right to serve in all these other areas.”
Unbelievably stupid or stupidly unbelievable? What is wrong with Bielat’s comparison here? Jim Newell at Gawker explains:
Yeah, where are all the lil’ fellas handcuffing themselves to the White House gates in protest? They know they’re too damn short to go about warring; why can’t gay people realize they’re too damn attracted to members of the same sex? Hard to argue with Bielat’s logic, as presented.
Except that one group isn’t physically able to serve, while the other is. It’s not like “gay” means, say, you have zero arms and charcoal for eyes. You just like banging people of the same sex, in your free time.
And as I noted in the headline, Bielat has been endorsed by GOProud.