Investigative reporter Steve Silberman wrote a blog post called “NOM, A Late-Stage Cancer in the American Body Politic.”
What’s astonishing is that Maggie Gallagher responded to it in the comments section. That’s great, because Steve’s reply is the best part of the whole post. I love this excerpt, in which he imagines what Maggie will say if a child of hers turns out to be gay:
I’ve spent many years ensuring that you and the love of your life can never have the kind of happiness and stability that your father and I took for granted. Should your beloved get sick, I have worked tirelessly so that you will be unable to visit him in the hospital — adding panic, confusion, and layers of bureaucracy to the most frightening moments you will have to endure together. I have also spent millions of dollars tithed by goodhearted Mormons and other people of faith promoting ballot initiatives to deprive you of the benefits that I spent the first half of my life chronicling in my books. Read my books and know that I became a national celebrity by making sure that you, anyone you will ever want to share your life with, and people like you will never have access to the precious, meaningful, and profoundly fulfilling life I describe in those pages. Life is brief. Spend your life as I did, making certain that other people can’t have the security and fulfillment we all ache and yearn for when we’re young. At least your father and I will not have to endure the shame of ever seeing you get married.
Reprinted here in the hopes you’ll go check out the whole thing. It’s worth it.