News Ted Kennedy’s Brain Cancer: Good for the Gays?
posted by May 21 at 10:32 AMon
Uh… sorry about that headline. I’m also sorry about Ted Kennedy’s brain cancer. And Kennedy ain’t dead yet: the man just walked out of the hospital, smiling and waving to the cameras, and his doctors say that, while his cancer isn’t curable, it is treatable. That all by itself is good for the gays: Ted Kennedy is a passionate supporter of gay rights, one of our best advocates in the federal government, and the longer we’ve got him in the U.S. Senate, the better.
But when I heard the news—and when things looked a bit more dire than they do now—I recalled some stories written back in 2004 (here’s one) when John Kerry, the other U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, was running for president. If Kerry won the presidency—and it sure looked like he was going to for about ten minutes there—folks predicted that openly gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank would run for, and was likely to win, Kerry’s seat.
I’d like to see an openly gay man in the U.S. Senate. But not at this price.