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Rhode Island Senator Flies His Freak Flag?

Rob Tisinai

April 25th, 2013

As Rhode Island pushes ahead with marriage equality, State Senator Harold M. Metts is dismayed:

Many from my community take exception to the attempts of the gay rights activists to hitch their wagon to the civil rights movement as it pertains to African Americans. I can change my sexual preference tonight if I want to, but I can’t change my color.

To which I reply:

Reaaaaly?

Senator Metts should explain his method for changing his preference. I had no idea his sexuality was so…fluid.

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William Birch
April 25th, 2013 | LINK

First-time commenter here.

I had to Google-image him, to see if it was worth the effort to encourage that change (wink, wink). My apologies: I won’t be expending the effort.

His extreme misspeak reminds me of a quote I read on-line (and I want to post on it in the very near future): “If you can pray the gay away, does that mean you can pray someone gay?” Hallelujah. C’mon somebody. Can I get a witness?

Priya Lynn
April 25th, 2013 | LINK

What a dink.

Bose in St. Peter MN
April 25th, 2013 | LINK

The other side of this coin is relevant, as well.

In civil rights battles, once it has become unhelpful for opponents of equality and freedom to base their opposition on the obvious characteristic they find icky, they have shifted their focus to choices and preferences.

Northern white denominations supported the development of black Southern churches in decades following the Civil War, but their generosity was driven significantly by determination that worship in black churches should be sedate and proper.

Rosa Parks’ act was one of many sparks of the civil rights movement, not because she woke up with a certain skin color on 12/1/1955, but because she chose to defy the authorities. The authorities of the day said, “It’s all good, we’ll make sure you get where you’re going, you just need to choose a different seat first.”

bill johnson
April 25th, 2013 | LINK

Just one correction:
Metts is a Rhode Island senator and that comment was made before right before the Rhode Island senate voted for marriage equality. With all the progress going on at once it is easy to get them mixed up.

But as to his comment, I guaranty that if we were to do a sexual orientation test with him we would find that in truth he can’t change his sexual orientation on a whim. But of course his ideology is more important to him then facts.

One also wonders, if it was that easy to change then why would ex gay groups that try to change Sexual Orientation through years of therapy exist? Is he saying that they are all liars?

Lucrece
April 25th, 2013 | LINK

I’m gonna wait for his pics of having a grand time riding on some random dude to prove his point.

Steve
April 25th, 2013 | LINK

If US politicians weren’t so artificially polite and formal, someone would ask him to suck his cock right then and there.

TampaZeke
April 25th, 2013 | LINK

Something tells me he didn’t ask the GAY black people in his community take exception.

And honestly, THEY’RE the ONLY people who have a FULLY informed opinion on the subject.

TampaZeke
April 25th, 2013 | LINK

…if they take exception.

Rob Tisinai
April 25th, 2013 | LINK

Bill Johnson: Right you are. Correction made. Thanks.

james
April 25th, 2013 | LINK

So we should check the Rhode Island news sources over he next couple of days. If he tries to change his sexual preference tonight, maybe the man he was trying to do it with will come forward. With photos to prove it. Worked for Ted Haggard.

Vira
April 25th, 2013 | LINK

I was so embarrassed for him yesterday, watching him roll like a dog in the stink of his religious superstition.

It was the same feeling of embarrassment that I had the time that I walked in on my roommate dildoing himself, then taking the dildo out and licking it off.

The exact same feeling of revulsion and embarrassment.

Richard Rush
April 25th, 2013 | LINK

Well, if you believe that people can pray away the gay, I guess you should also believe that people can obliterate the straight. But who knew that it could be accomplished in one evening!? I can’t wait to get the word out to all those hot straight guys who feel they aren’t getting enough with their present orientation.

Ben in Oakland
April 26th, 2013 | LINK

Paraphrasing mark twain,

Of course he could change overnight if he wanted to. He just doesn’t want to.

Hue-Man
April 26th, 2013 | LINK

Correct response: “When did you choose to be straight?”

Hunter
April 26th, 2013 | LINK

I think that would be a good challenge for Metts: Go ahead, change your “sexual preference” to gay — then live that way for a year and tell us what it’s like.

GDad
April 26th, 2013 | LINK

I just wrote to Senator Metts.

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I just read that Senator Metts said, “I can change my sexual preference tonight if I want to, but I can’t change my color.”

Could Senator Metts please illuminate us all with his methodology for changing his sexual preference? I humbly suggest the honorable senator is either terribly misinformed or perhaps prevaricating.
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I will provide any response.

homer
April 26th, 2013 | LINK

Historically many African-Americans “changed their color” by passing into the white community. Skin bleaching potions were marketed towards African-Americans and in many cases people’s social ranking was based on how light or dark their skin color was.

Richard Rush
April 26th, 2013 | LINK

I had trouble sleeping due to wondering if Metts had decided to prove he could eradicate the straight last night. He would need to produce evidence, of course, so I was anticipating a YouTube video of Metts racing to his local gay bar seeking his first man-date to celebrate, and then showing him inflate with his playmate. Or more likely, it would show him going home alone and disappointed to accept his fate and mastur . . .

james
April 26th, 2013 | LINK

Any news yet on how Senator Metts spent last night? Well, you know what they say, change is difficult.

CPT_Doom
April 26th, 2013 | LINK

@homer – that was just what I was thinking. Perhaps the Senator should read Bliss Broyard’s book “One Drop,” about her father’s decision to “pass,” and not tell her or her brother until just before his death.

Timothy Kincaid
April 26th, 2013 | LINK

Based on that picture of Harold Metts, I have no idea what “his color” is.

What Mr. Metts is talking about is his ethnic identity. And, as many here have noted, ethnic identity can be changed for some people.

Ironically, Mr. Metts – a very light tan man – is probably one person who could have done so.

Charles
April 29th, 2013 | LINK

I am just plain tired of discussing the issue that one choses their sexual orientation. Whoever, really believes this is just a blockhead.

Donny D.
April 30th, 2013 | LINK

I think the reason so many straight men believe that people can choose their sexual orientation is that many of them believe they have done so.

Meaning that they are more than incidentally bisexual, but “decided” they were straight and went on to lead a straight life — more or less.

From what I can see, there are at least several times more closet cases than there are openly gay and bisexual men.

Donny D.
April 30th, 2013 | LINK

So maybe the question to Sen. Metts should be, “When did you decide to be straight?”

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