Homo The Gays
posted by January 2 at 9:34 AMon
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.