Johnny-come-lately soi-disant* gay rights defenders on the right side of the blogosphere (and you, Mickey Kaus, stop shuffling away): mentioning that someone is gay is only embarassing or bad to the extent that being gay is embarassing or bad, that is not at all. You know how liberals say we don't care whether people are gay or not? We totally mean it. Really. We don't think, oh, what a shame that person is gay, but I'm going to exert every atom of my tolerance and try to be OK with that. For realz. I know I'm blowing your mind here, but I mean this.
So, when an out gay person, who's been on TV with her gay lover, and works for her father's re-election campaign in an official capacity, gets referred to, and someone mentions that she is, in fact gay, the evilness quotient is zero. Libertarians often also claim not to care whether people are gay, but from the reaction to Kerry's remarks that seems to be, well, not so true. Let's break it down here. I have two daughters. What if they both turned out to be gay. Umm...so what? And then people mentioned they were gay? I'd be like, that's right, my girls are great big homosexuals. It's like the fucking isle of Lesbos around here anymore, I'd say. See where I'm going with the whole not caring thing? Now, this being the 21st century, we're going to face new challenges. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say no daughter of mine is going to marry a robot. Call me old-fashioned and intolerant, but I can't go for these machine-intelligence loving perversions. Think of the cyborg children! But gayness. OK. Not a problem. Because secretly there's nothing wrong with being gay, at all, except for all the homophobic assholes you meet. Thanks, I just wanted to clear that up.
*I have corrected this as per Gary Farber's (justifiable) complaint below.