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My Response to Your Inaugural Speech, Mr. President

Joe.My.God. Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 1:40 PM
That "30 years" figure was concocted decades ago by an anti-gay activist who merely averaged the ages of gay men named in the AIDS obituaries of a San Francisco gay newspaper. That's like averaging the age of grammar school children killed in car accidents and concluding that the average American child dies before the age of ten. Not only do American gay men live an average life span, a recent study conducted in Britain concluded that HIV+ gay men on drug therapy there may have a *longer than average* life span because they must see their doctors regularly and therefore health issues unrelated to HIV are noticed and treated earlier.

The president declared it. A pastor prayed it. And woe betide those who differ with this new reality announced at yesterday’s presidential inauguration: Gay is now an official social category as defined and tangible as black or white. Put another way, romantic attraction and sexual desire are now viewed as being as innate and immutable as skin color.

Make no mistake about it. Another significant step was taken yesterday at the inauguration, and what was once associated with the extremist views of radical gay activists is now as American as apple pie. As expressed in the closing prayer of Episcopal...