…while over at the State Department
I’m used to the flip-flopping of positions on issues around the Senate. I’ve worked for over a dozen senators and their staffs so neither brilliance or ignorance surprises me any more. At times I feel grateful that the person I’m working for is in Washington and other times I cannot believe the dolt made it out of college much less into the Senate (some senators included).
But this knocks my cranium askew. Today I wake to see a photo of Laura Bush and Condoleezza Rice swearing in new global AIDS coordinator Mark A. Dybul next to his, as Condi put it, his “mother-in-law’s” son, Mark’s partner. I’m actually looking at the photo now, Laura is smiling and Condi is in semi-beam. Mark and partner are holding a Bible, no wait it gets really weird. The scene looks like a Republican wedding, guy style. No, really. I’m not making this up even though I’m a master at photoshop. Over at the State Department R-leadership is presiding with smiles and affectionate affirmations over a swearing in of a gay man with his partner. Condi is reported as saying, “mother-in-law” when referring to Mark’s partner’s mom. Mother-in-law? Which is it? Gay threat? Gay blessing? Married? Not, but kinda…wink?
I’m used to the closet being that of an individual’s unique choice to hold onto their public lie or step out in personal truth. I look at this photo and can’t figure out what closet Condi is stepping into or out of. There has to be some psychological term, like schizophrenic or something to sum this up, but right now, I’m too dazed to contemplate such.
Congratulations Mark, partner, and mother-in-law. Congratulations Republican leadership for taking a stand?