As I reveled in the tears of conservatives responding to the Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage, I came across one particular Republican Representative clown who epitomizes the laughable hypocrisy of the right-wing.
David Vitter thought he could cleverly troll those in favor of marriage equality by tweeting a picture of his sphincter-esque face next to a bag of Chick-fil-A. The fast food chain made headlines back in 2012 when its CEO Dan Cathy publicly objected to same sex marriage. Republicans have proudly stuffed their faces with fried chicken sandwiches to flaunt their bigotry ever since.
Oh Vitter, as Hall and Oates brilliantly sang in 1984, “you’re out of touch, you’re out of time.”
Vitter lives in the largest glass house imaginable, and while he’s throwing stones, he fails to reflect on the fact that he received a fail in the husband department a while ago.
He was outed back in 2007 when his number was included in a published list of phone records from Pamela Martin and Associates, a prostitution service run by the notorious DC Madam. When Larry Flint did some digging of his own and confirmed Vitter’s infidelity, the Congressman issued a statement apologizing for his sins and begged for forgiveness.
Of course, Republicans are quick to forgive their own while demonizing members of the LGBT community. Vitter’s sex scandal did nothing to ruin his career, even though his entire platform was based on family values. Vitter must have felt so emboldened by the lack of real consequences that it made him forget about the glass house he lives in.
Aside from being a gigantic hypocrite, what Vitter fails to understand is that it’s people like him who have destroyed marriage. According to Pew Research, a whopping 25 percent of Millennials will never get married, and many of them feel that these unions are obsolete. The three main reasons people give for their single status are that they haven’t found the right person (30%), aren’t financially stable enough (27%) and are not ready to settle down (22%).
Pew made me realize I’m a statistic, but my reasons for being hesitant about marriage have more to do with men like Vitter. Marriage is hard, and betrayal is even harder. Does it make sense to devote my entire life to one person when I’ve read story after story of what are supposed to be the most “moral” people cheating on their spouses? Gay people getting married hasn’t changed my outlook on marriage at all, but trashy people like Vitter certainly have.
Of course Vitter doesn’t represent all men, but he sure does make people like me think twice about whether or not the ultimate commitment is really worth the sacrifice. Vitter is destroying the notion of marriage for people like me. On the other hand, gay couples who have fought for decades for the right to be with one another has made marriage seem a little more appealing. Weird how that works.
If marriage is of utmost importance to a person like Vitter, why would he use the money he’s supposed to be making to provide for his family to pay for sex acts while he wore a diaper? Inquiring minds want to know.