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Danbury Homophobegate: McLachlan Wins Class Award

Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Time: 11:06 AM


Cross post
from teek181 @ My Left Nutmeg

All class:

He added that when McLachlan discovered Page was speaking with gay-straight alliance groups at area high schools, he told the communications director, "I might go home every night and beat my wife, but I don't come into work and talk about it."
"I was called a fag in the locker room at Yale Field when I was covering the New Haven Ravens and that didn't bother me as much as what McLachlan said. I will remember that 'til the day I die."

Shorter McLachlan: Being gay = going home and beating your wife, which, in addition to being a violant violation of one's marriage vows, is illegal.

An enterprising reporter might follow up with Senator McLachlan with, "You said you might go home and beat your wife. Do you?"

Sometimes reporters have fun asking politicians questions and then letting them talk:

McLachlan, when asked about the comments Monday, called them "absolutely absurd. I have friends who are gay."
He declined further comment.

But, alas, the Senator's many gay friends will be disappointed to find out that his new-found 'tolerance' doesn't extend to them formalizing their loving relationship like the straights can:

On Monday, McLachlan said he stands by his belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.

"It's a philosophical difference," he said. "Some people believe in gay marriage, and some people believe marriage is between a man and a woman. That's what I believe. That's the bottom line."

It's going to be awkward at the next Gay Friends of Senator McLachlan to Prove He's Not a Bigot BBQ.

Minor edit above for clarity

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