By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
Popular Fox News host Shepard “Shep” Smith angered conservative darling Rush Limbaugh this week–Rush’s fury-filled rant/lecture came after Smith (who was reporting on Obama’s same-sex marriage “evolution”) declared: “the president of the United States, now in the 21st century.” If I were a betting homo, I’d bet Smith veered a bit of script with that declaration–and probably pissed off more people than just Limbaugh.
But Shep didn’t stop there:
Smith further riled up Rush when he asked a fellow news anchor: ”if Republicans would go out on a limb and try to make this a campaign issue while sitting very firmly without much question on the wrong side of history on this?” Yes, Shep! Wrong side of history!
Limbaugh’s response, pulled from The Advocate: ”Shep, where has the issue won?” Limbaugh shot back on his radio program. “Where has it emerged victorious, Shep, outside your house?” His house?
Oh snap, girl. Was that some veiled reference to…
For the record, Rush Limbaugh, in his lifelong commitment to defending “traditional” marriage, has been married four times. (But only divorced three!)
It is rather telling when even Fox News anchors are calling the march toward same-sex marriage inevitable, simply a matter of time–isn’t it? Makes Mr. Romney look sort of–out of touch? Have conservatives lost control of Fox News? (OK, perhaps we’re getting ahead of ourselves there.)
And on the subject of marriage equality, here’s an interesting, critical aside from a Washington Post blogger about all this focus on marriage–a piece that raises strong points about the need for diversity in our movement. But, as one Erin Rook wrote: “I think any movement toward equality is worth celebrating.”