In an interview with the Huffington Post on Wednesday night, former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman -- who announced earlier Wednesday that he is gay and intends to join the fight for marriage equality in California -- said he wishes he had come out while he was the face of a historically anti-gay Republican Party platform.You can find the rest of that article here.
Mehlman acknowledged regret that he remained closeted when he led the RNC between 2005 and 2007 -- a time when, as The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder noted, it was "stepping up its anti-gay activities."
Look, it's pretty simple, but I'll explain it one more time for those of you who are a little slow. Real heterosexual people don't think about having sex with people of the same sex, so the existence of homosexuals doesn't really bother us. We really don't think about it. We're more or less oblivious, because we are too busy thinking about having sex with people of the opposite sex. Homophobes are mostly closeted homosexuals who feel deep shame about their own homosexual feelings.
Because they are closeted homosexuals, homophobes are constantly thinking about having sex with people of the same sex, but because they've been taught that those feelings are wrong, they are troubled by feelings of shame and guilt. Homophobes then act out on those feelings of shame and guilt by persecuting other homosexuals. When it comes to those gays who are openly gay, there is also an element of jealousy on the part of homophobes, who are angered by the freedom of the openly gay.
The next time you find yourself in the presence of a really vocal homophobe, just remember that they are also probably gay.