In his new book End of Discussion: How the Left’s Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun), Fox News contributor Guy Benson has come out as a gay conservative.
While Benson is gay, gay rights is not his main focus. Instead, he prefers to focus on issues like “a nuclearized Iran” and “the failures of Obamacare.”
“Gay rights is not something that dominates my attentions — or my passions — and that may seem incongruous, that may seem counterintuitive to a lot of people,” he said, “but the issues that I care about most undergird the reasons why I’m a conservative and have been forever and will be a conservative moving forward.”
Liberals have of course attacked Benson and other gay conservatives, calling them “self-hating,” but accusations like these enrage the Fox contributor.
“I think that’s extraordinarily closed-minded and betrays a lack of imagination, at the very least,” he commented, according to Buzzfeed.
He went on to slam liberals who don’t believe conservatives can be gay:
“A free-thinking, free citizen of a free country is not obliged to be confined to a bedazzled ideological straitjacket because that’s how they ‘ought’ to think and ‘ought’ to vote and ‘ought’ to rank their priorities. It’s not true, it shouldn’t be true, and I think part of liberty and tolerance and coexistence is understanding that, ‘Hey, I might have something in common with this person over here, and they have every right under the sun to disagree with me on this whole panoply of public policy questions over here.’ And if their views on those things lead them to another conclusion about how they exercise their right to vote, to jump to the conclusion that that is borne of some secret, deep-seated, self-loathing is just lazy and boring. And false.”
Benson has said that he does believe gays should be allowed to get married, but he also believes provisions need to be made for religious people.
“I’m for civil marriage, I’m for nondiscrimination laws — but I think there should be broad carve-outs for religious organizations, in particular, and narrow carve-outs for closely-held businesses that serve the wedding industry,” he said.
Benson’s announcement comes just a week after Bruce Jenner revealed that he is a conservative transgender. Cases like this are showing closed-minded liberals that a person’s sexual orientation does not define what political party they adhere to.
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