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Tuesday, January 2, 2007

The Gays

posted by on January 2 at 9:34 AM

The gay haters on the right—currently furious with the National Hockey League for promoting homosexuality (yes, the NHL)—are going to have fits when they see this story in today’s Wall Street Journal. Gerald Ford’s dilapidated childhood home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been lovingly restored by a couple—a gay couple—that purchased it in 1991.

In the late 1980s, the house at 649 Union was barely standing. Racial tensions during the late 1960s drove longtime residents out of the neighborhood, which became infested with crime. Police officers routinely busted drug dealers “no more than two houses, 80 feet, from the Ford home,” says George Heartwell, now the mayor of Grand Rapids. The nearby corner was “one of the worst in Grand Rapids,” he says. Civic leaders talked about restoring the vacant, boarded-up home but never followed through.

So the men bought the house, fixed it up, and moved in—and, I presume, sodomized each other here and there in the old Ford house. And the former Republican president’s reaction to this sad turn of events?

Then in 1992, a letter arrived from President Ford out of the blue. “Mrs. Ford and I are very pleased and honored that you have done such a wonderful restoration of my family home,” he wrote….

In the fall of 1994, a Secret Service official left a message on their answering machine. Mr. Ford was planning to visit Grand Rapids and wanted to see his old home. A few days later, former first lady Betty Ford walked up the steps and extended her hand to Mr. England. “You will never know what this means to my Jerry,” Mr. England recalls her saying.

After that, the Fords began sending Christmas cards to the two men, sometimes including photographs of family weddings. Messrs. England and Kent filled their foyer with campaign memorabilia and a framed letter from the Fords. Each July 14, Mr. Ford’s birthday, the men hang an enormous American flag across the front porch.

Perhaps his relationship with the gay couple—together 20 years—that restored his childhood home has something to do with Ford’s support for gay marriage.

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Gays have always been the best thing to happen to any neighborhood.

Say what you will, there can be no denial of the fact that they know how to find value in the oddest places, and then burnish it to something worthy of envy and desire.

Along the way, their neighbors may be inspired, or they may take flight, but they all notice what's happening to 'that place down the street'.

Posted by old timer | January 2, 2007 10:22 AM

Hockey is promoting homosexuality now? I guess the secular humanists really have won.

Posted by flamingbanjo | January 2, 2007 10:27 AM

The gays also throw loud parties and cause people to go nuts with semi auto guns.

Posted by Mike in MO | January 2, 2007 10:43 AM

"'We always be seeing them, and they always be looking at people," Kevin Carter, 18, told the paper.

"'They give you that gay look, like you're a female or something. That ain't cute. People be ready to fight. ... I knew something was going to happen to that house.'"

I can't decide whether this is hilarious or scary.

Posted by Gloria | January 2, 2007 11:10 AM

A former co-worker of mine, a sociopathic gun nut who lives in the woods in an old school bus, once said (out of the blue) that he liked gay folks because they were nice to his mom in SF, and they always took really good care of their houses. Whodathunkit?

Posted by Will | January 2, 2007 11:10 AM

Perhaps his relationship with the gay couple—together 20 years—that restored his childhood home has something to do with Ford’s support for gay marriage.

Ford was always more liberal than the title 'Republican' might suggest in 2007 - I think he described himself as "fiscal conservative, social liberal" which ain't a bad thing to be.

What I'm saying is 'yes maybe' but he probably came to the support of pro gay-marriage before he met the two gentlemen.

Posted by Brian | January 2, 2007 11:20 AM

Gloria wrote, "I can't decide whether this is hilarious or scary."

It would be hilarious (I love to laugh at bad grammar) if someone hadn't discharged a semi auto gun.

Posted by Mike in MO | January 2, 2007 11:44 AM

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