Why did a gay prostitute tell the media about the homosexual behavior of a leading Christian opponent of same-sex marriage on the weekend before an election, an election in which eight states vote on whether to maintain the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman?
Because he knew, first of all, that the media love to publicize the sexual lives of public figures. How else to explain the extensive reporting by the mainstream news media of the private sexual acts of a prominent sportscaster a decade ago -- a basketball announcer, not a politician, not a religious leader?
But the main reason was that our gay prostitute knew the media are almost unanimously supportive of redefining marriage and therefore against all the states' propositions to defend marriage's definition. He and the news media hoped that publicizing that a major Christian opponent of same-sex marriage was secretly involved in gay sex could potentially undermine the movement to maintain the historical definition of marriage.
Now, of course, the sexual orientation of a person has no relevance to the merits of his pro- or anti-same-sex marriage argument. But the homosexual prostitute was certain that because the Rev. Ted Haggard was (allegedly) gay -- or bisexual -- this proved that:
-- the reverend is a hypocrite; and therefore
-- the movement to keep marriage defined as man-woman is a phony movement.
That both arguments are false is irrelevant to many, perhaps most, supporters of same-sex marriage. Apparently, they feel that since they cannot radically change society's most important social institution through intellectual argument, or through the democratic process, or even via sympathetic judges, they might succeed by exposing any opponent who has homosexual tendencies.
So the first argument goes as follows: Show as many of the religious opponents of same-sex marriage to be hypocrites and you undermine the moral credibility of their efforts to keep marriage defined as man-woman. As Michael Jones, the gay prostitute, said (quoted in the Rocky Mountain News), "I felt obligated to get the information out about the hypocrisy of people who make these laws and those who support them."
This is intellectual nonsense. Even if every opponent of same-sex marriage were a closet homosexual, it would say nothing about the merits of their arguments. Moreover, being an opponent of same-sex marriage and a closet homosexual (if that is what Haggard is) has nothing to do with hypocrisy.
Dennis Prager is a SRN radio show host, contributing columnist for Townhall.com and author of his newest book, “The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code.”