There were two stories the other about gay men that caught my attention, one in the political world and one in the Catholic world. In different ways I believe these stories to be instructive about how we should treat actual gays in the actual world.
In the first story, Romney appointed last week Richard Grenell to be his foreign policy spokesman. On Tuesday he resigned. Grenell is gay. Grenell resigned saying “While I welcomed the challenge to confront President Obama’s foreign policy failures and weak leadership on the world stage, my ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign.”
The story being promoted by the media is that the religious right was up in arms over the appointment of a gay man in a major campaign role and that Romney’s fear of the religious right eventually forced Grenell from the campaign.
As a card-carrying member of the religious right, I don’t care at all that Mr. Grenell is gay. I do care whether he can do the job well.
In my business life….