End of 'rainbow' for the house of Robinson
This raises an important point. When you vote for DUP you may be voting for what some people consider a theocratic political party, one of the few left in Europe. That’s because for decades their political objectives have been influenced or bluntly shaped by their religious ones. It’s amazing, when you think about it, that a party that has conflated its political and religious objectives to the point that they’re often indistinguishable has the kind of popular support it does, but Northern Ireland is on a very reluctant path toward secularism.
The victim of Robinson's erratic behavior over the past two years isn’t just her husband or her own party, it’s also her fellow gay and lesbian citizens, whom she was elected to represent, not vilify. It’s a question for her and her constituency why she felt the need to menace and mark sizable portions of her own neighbors and colleagues the way she did. It behooves those attacked by her to stand up for themselves.
Here, after all, was a 60-year-old serial adulterer who denounced others for their immorality while having affairs with multiple men, including a 19-year-old she had known since he was 9. While she was condemning gays she was also calling, emailing and texting a 19-year-old in search of more sex. Forbidden fruit, she discovered, often tastes sweeter.
The final irony is that while she was stating that gay people had deeply damaged psyches, her own life and marriage were unraveling at the seams. The lesson for the rest of us is plain, look very closely at the men and women who viciously condemn gay people at every opportunity, it’s a fairly safe bet there’s something startling just waiting to come out of their own closets too.