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Rules for staying in the closet…

Timothy Kincaid

December 16th, 2011

If you are the mayor of Southaven, Mississippi’s third largest city, and
If you are married with three children, and
If you ran for Congress in 2008 as a “consistent conservative who will always vote with the conservative party”, and
If city auditors allege that you own about $170,000 in improper charges to your city credit cards, and
If you are turning in credit card receipts to show that your expenditures were proper and to reduce your debt, and
If you don’t want anyone to find out that you are really secretly gay,

Then, it probably isn’t a really good idea to include the purchase you made at “Priape: Canada’s premiere gay lifestyle store and sex shop.”

Just saying.

Memphis Commercial Appeal:

As details emerged Thursday from the receipts, provided by state auditors to Southaven aldermen and subsequently obtained by The Commercial Appeal, Davis conceded publicly for the first time in an interview with The CA that he is gay and has struggled to keep the issue from affecting his public life as mayor of Mississippi’s third-largest city.

“At this point in my life and in my career, while I have tried to maintain separation between my personal and public life, it is obvious that this can no longer remain the case,” Davis said Thursday afternoon at his Southaven home. “While I have performed my job as mayor, in my opinion, as a very conservative, progressive individual — and still continue to be a very conservative individual — I think that it is important that I discuss the struggles I have had over the last few years when I came to the realization that I am gay.”

Here’s Greg Davis more or less promising to vote more conservative than the most conservative of Conservatives, conservatively.

Snark aside, I commend Davis for not trying to come up with some bogus excuse for the purchase. And I wish him well on his new path to self discovery.

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Ben In Oakland
December 16th, 2011 | LINK

I was hoping you write on thuis guy. Here goes:

Does anyone need any further evidence of the corrosive nature of the closet, of the self-destructive actions of the homo-hatin’-homo, and of anti-gay bigotry disguised as love that teaches people to hate themselves?

Of course, he could well be a sterling example of douchebaggery even without his closetedness, but we’ll never know. His sexual orientation is not relevant so much as the destructive way in which he expressed it– marriage, children, lies, broken vows, possible adultery, and divorce. This betrayal of his marriage is the end result of the conservative position that gay people are as free to marry as anyone as long as they get married to the opposite sex.

That’s what makes it so sweet. They fundelibangelist republicans can condemn gay people in general and this man in particular as immoral, and not have to assume the slightest responsibility for the consequences.

You know, there is a reason why we say, “Let us marry each other so that we don’t marry YOU.” Exactly how is it again that same-sex marriage harms straight marriage? Let me tell you, had this guy not been outed, he would still be as “straight” as they come, and still be the only gay person actively harming his heterosexual marriage while actively harming gay people to punish himself for being gay.

It’s TWO! TWO! TWO transactional analysis pay-offs in one!

And true to form for the homo-hatin’ homosexual, he was an accomplished liar– lying to his wife, his children, his god, his constituents, and ultimately to himself.

Charming.

Also true to form, as a “family values republican”, and coming from the second most religious state in the nation, I’m sure he was just as anti-gay as he could be, lest anyone figure out what he really liked. So he was harming innocent gay people in his quest to protect his hypocritical, lying self.

Nice.

Overall, I’m leaning towards general douchebad with homosexual tendencies.

Tim
December 16th, 2011 | LINK

If I lived in his city, I’d be a lot more concerned about the $170,000 he basically “stole” from the taxpayers.

StraightGrandmother
December 16th, 2011 | LINK

Nice comment Ben, you are at the top of your game.

Rob in San Diego
December 16th, 2011 | LINK

I’m Greg Davis and if you want to keep DADT in effect, then vote John McCain, Sarah Palin and myself, because there is nothing I love more than being gay, hiding in the closet, and doing harm to other GLBT people. I’m Greg Davis and I approve this message.

He can go hang with Ken Mellman as far as I’m concerned.

ZRAinSWVA
December 16th, 2011 | LINK

Ben…

(sounds of hands clapping)

I just really, really wish that people could grow up and be themselves without society thrusting such awful, terrible, wrenching conflicts into ones psyche…where one has to lie to everyone, including oneself, because it seems so necessary to try to be…what is “expected”.

He has a tough row to hoe. Hopefully he’ll do better, now.

Richard Rush
December 17th, 2011 | LINK

If the “defenders” of marriage really wanted to protect the sanctity of heterosexual marriage, they would be insisting that same-sex marriage be legal across the nation – because, as Ben said, “Let us marry each other so that we don’t marry YOU.”

One of the biggest surprises in recent years for my husband and me has been the large number of people we see coming out of conventional marriages later in life, and finally living as the gay people they always were but had denied. And then there are many married men who are still deeply closeted while seeking some homo-sex whenever they get the chance. They are neighbors, family members, friends, and other acquaintances. The sadness in all this, of course, extends to the spouses who have been deceived and left behind, or remain in sterile marriages while possibly being oblivious to the root of their marriage’s defects. But these are the kind of marriages that the anti-gay zealots are actually promoting.

Ben In Oakland
December 17th, 2011 | LINK

Thanks all for the nice words. This joker just pissed me off.

RWG
December 17th, 2011 | LINK

He does have a chance to redeem himself. Let’s see what he does with it.

Christopher
December 18th, 2011 | LINK

Smug Canadian here: I still am trying to figure out how the nation that discovered penicillin and put a man on the moon is so consumed with this backwards religulosity!!! Honestly, you never hear ANYTHING like this about Canadian politicians… What’s going on down there??? Colour me perplexed. Can a whole nation go mad?

Priya Lynn
December 18th, 2011 | LINK

Christopher, the States is 10 times the population of Canada so its 10 times more likely that stories such as this will surface.

Harper is just as consumed with relgiosity as any American politician, John Baird is anti-gay and many believe gay himself.

Christopher
December 19th, 2011 | LINK

Well, Priya, I don’t know where you live, but here, The Conservatives have NOT repealed gay marraige, John Baird is whatever he wants to be and though everyone knows, no one cares, and even Rex Murphy, the high priest and senior gay Newfie pundit on the CBC, has even stated that all this hype about Harper is not true.

I think the main difference is that Canadians aren’t faschists in the religious approach – no one else needs to believe what I do, and doing so does not make them anyone less patriotic or less valuable than I am.

Priya Lynn
December 19th, 2011 | LINK

I live in Canada Christopher. Although Harper has said he won’t attempt to repeal marriage equality is is the official policy of the conservative party to do so. As far as Rex Murphy goes, his opinion isn’t the ultimate determination of reality. Harper appointed the head of Focus on the Family Canada to director of policy and research, that speaks for itself the degree to which Harper is trying to push religious fundamentalism on Canada.

I agree with you that Canadians as a whole are a lot less religious than Americans, but Harper is very religious and constantly pushing “God Bless” and religious slogans into his speeches. He’s doing everything he can to turn Canada into a Republican version of the U.S. including implementing failed American policies on crime and drugs.

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