Thursday, August 30, 2007
Should Government Stay out of the Bathroom? Or Should Men Like Larry Craig Just Get a Room?
The LA Times has two great op-ed articles on the topic of Larry Craig. One article is penned by Reason Magazine Editor Nick Gillespie who argues that Republicans should use this moment as an opportunity to return to their small-government roots. Essentially, Gillespie adds public restrooms to the list of places government should stay out of. Meanwhile, David Ehrenstein does not have a problem with Craig's homsexuality (or bisexuality), but rather his decision to have sex in a public place. To Ehrenstein, the senator's decision to solicit sex in a public restroom runs against everything the gay movement is fighting for today. "Today's gays want to get married," he writes, "and an airport men's room is no place to propose." He finishes his article saying "never has the admonition "Get a room!" seemed more apropos. It's up to the I'm-not-gay(s) to discover the real freedoms fought for and won by the people they so fiercely claim they're not."