The gays will play a role during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina and it sounds like the execution of that role will be very specific.
We're curious to get your take on it. More after the jump!
Citing DNC planning documents, Politico writes:
"But the plans show organizers intent on steering clear of controversy as well. For the gay marriage social contrast, for instance, the documents state the participants should be 'not a gay couple' — but a 'parent and gay son or daughter.'
Other examples: 'Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Gay soldier and fellow (straight) soldier who served together in Iraq or Afghanistan (ideally the straight soldier was helped by the gay soldier, i.e., medic, in fire fight) … Planned Parenthood: Husband who talks about how a PAP smear saved his wife’s life and his spouse … Immigration: Two young people from the same family, one who was born here, the other a few years older who was not … Choice: A couple who has children, but wants to make their own decisions, not have the government do it for them (or who has confronted a difficult medical situation).'"
Now we don't like to nitpick (we actually love to nitpick), and we're happy to be included, but doesn't this reek of sanitizing the gays so that we can be more palatable to a wider audience?
Make no mistake, it's huge that we're having our stories told and we're being given a real presence, but the idea that we have to hide gay couples so as to not offend the sensibilities of independents and more conservative voters is well...offensive.
Still, if it's an effective strategy perhaps the ends justify the means?
What's your Instinct?