In the Corner, Glenn Stanton comments on the juvenile snickering in some quarters about Dr. Marcus Bachmann, whose professional practice includes - as one thing among much else - helping people cope with unwanted same-sex desires. There’s no particular reason you would have heard of Dr. Bachmann, but you may have heard something somewhere about his wife. (I believe she has some sort of political job or something of that nature.)
After carrying out the standard-issue demolition of the offenders (and doing a rollicking good job of it) Stanton adds:
Over the past eight years, I have debated the issue of same-sex marriage and parenting on college campuses around the nation as part of my work at Focus on the Family. I cannot recount how many times people in the audience came to the microphone to question my own sexual orientation because in their mind, it is self-evident that anyone who makes such a careful study of why homosexuality might not be best for folks must obviously be wrestling with his own issues, right? One gentleman even threw in my obvious innate sense of fashion and style as another smoking gun. Seriously. But like Marcus, I also have a hot wife and five offspring we created and are raising together. Might they merely be a cover for something I am yet to realize? I wish the really smart people would let me know.
Glenn, how are we supposed to tell you whether you’re gay when you withhold from us information that is obviously critical to the diagnosis? Namely: is your hot wife running for president? If so, for which party?
Come on, Glenn. Your reluctance to disclose every aspect of your marital life to public scrutiny only confirms how uncomfortable you must be with your sexuality. Normal people love to be publicly hypersexualized. Becoming an iconic representation of some aspect of public sexual consciousness is the American dream. What else is there?
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