The head-turning sentence came at the end of his reaction to a story about a dog who was abandoned in Tennessee because his owner said he was “gay.”
As the animal waited to be euthanized, a third party group called Jackson TN Euthanasia published an online ad that explained why the dog was dropped off. It went viral in the media, and a woman named Stephanie Fryns decided to adopt the dog and name him “Elton,” according to ABC News.
What would otherwise be an uplifting story about a dog’s redemption after being tossed aside by an intolerant human struck Donohue as a sort of “moral of the story” moment.
Comparing the dog’s now-avoided fate to the plight of terminally ill patients in Washington state, he wrote that disabled and terminally ill people are soon likely to be on the euthanasia list even as this Tennessee animal shelter “has no stomach for putting dogs down on the basis of sexual orientation.”
“It must be said, though, that the shelter is not exactly inclusive in its policies,” he went on. “To wit: Had poor Elton not been identified as a homosexual, his heterosexuality would not have been enough to save his hide.”
“The moral of the story is: Being gay is not only a bonus for humans these days, it is a definite plus for dogs as well,” Donohue concluded. “As for straights, the lonely and the disabled, that’s another story altogether.”
Donohue has fashioned himself as an avowed opponent of LGBT rights, particularly marriage equality, for many years, despite the fact that homosexuality is common among mammals. Even so, many dogs are known to begin humping behaviors well before becoming sexually active, indicating it is more of an expression of rank or social standing than sexuality.
Although dog owners may look at their pets almost like children, canines are considered property under the law and many are euthanized if they are abandoned in a shelter for too long — which is why adoption is highly encouraged.
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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