...the ads linked above are pretty goddamn ugly. They do not in any manner or fashion put the drive for GLBT civil rights in a good light; in fact, just the opposite. While pointing out hypocrisy on this issue is always rather awkward, it can be done in a way that doesn't rely on homophobia to make the point. I certainly hope that Bruce Lunsford had nothing to do with the ads. There's no immediate reason to think that he did; AFSCME sponsored the radio version.
Homophobia is a sin that affects all of us, right and left. No party has a monopoly on virtue - or vice. It's important to remember that. There are good and decent Republicans in this election, as well as some unscrupulous and ugly Democrats. What Obama's candidacy, at its best, has tried to bring out in us is that understanding. We don't always live up to it. We should try.