By Tony Perkins
When Kate Brown takes over as Governor of Oregon, voters may not know anything about her record, but they will certainly know aborut her love life. The leading stories about the state’s new leader have nothing to do with Brown’s legislative accomplishments and everything to do with her other conquests. As a self-professed bisexual, most of the headlines surrounding Brown’s promotion are about the visibility she can bring to the “bi-community” — not the unity and progress she can bring to the state as a whole.
The soon-to-be Governor is a married stepmom of two, but openly talks about her attractions to both sexes. “To the extent that they’re out, they may well be more so the victims of scorn because they get it from both gay and straight people,” said one homosexual activist. “Gays want them to make a choice, and straights consider them gay, so in many ways they face increased amounts of stigma and discrimination.”
While few people would see the next governor as a victim, it’s a truly sad commentary on the devolution of our nation that leaders are not defined — not by their skill or expertise — but by their sexual experiences. As a society, we’ve become so obsessed with sex that we’re almost incapable of considering anything else. Of course, the question on every Oregonians’ minds should be: will Brown’s public policy be as fluid as her sexuality?
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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