I was just going through my notes from this week’s Doe v. Reed case and I came across a little tidbit I’d forgotten. After the oral arguments inside the Supreme Court chambers, everyone decamped for the marbled front steps of the building for the traditional post-argument press conferences. Lawyers for both sides tried to put their spin on the morning's events and then, after they drifted off, supporters of both sides pressed forward to speak.
One of them was a large fellow in a beige suit and a muted American flag tie who I recognized as Larry Stickney, executive director of Washington Values Alliance and an original backer of Referendum 71, the anti-gay measure that led to Doe v. Reed. Stickney was not a happy camper (the man is quite skilled in the incoherent ranting department).
First, presumably riled up by a morning that hadn't seemed to go his way, Stickney admonished “the people in ivory towers and gated communities” for abandoning “the little people." Then he went on to describe the awful harassment his supporters had already suffered. No specific instances were cited by Stickney, other than a story about the R-71 campaign manager forcing his family to sleep in their living room for fear of the gays—and no reason was given for that relocation, other than the fact that bedrooms have windows. (And living rooms don’t?)
Finally, Stickney turned to the media, describing his deep-seated fear that the names and addresses of his supporters would be funneled through “the homosexual blogs, the Huffington Post, to the San Francisco gay blogs and right to the gay community in Washington.” (I’m not sure why he decided the information needed to be re-routed through San Francisco.) Then he called out The Stranger by name. I didn’t get his exact words, but the basic gist of it was that the paper is home to a bunch of raving homosexuals who regularly harass him, his family, and his supporters. Or something like that.
Maybe Stickney's fury had something to do with thesearticles by Dominic? (For those who haven't read them, it turns out Stickney isn't just any old bigoted defender of "traditional" marriage; he's also a thrice-married alleged wife-beater. Now that's hypocrisy.)
In any case, congratulations to Stickney on some impressive raging on the Supreme Court steps, and congratulations to The Stranger for being on the tip of his tongue when it happened.