As many of our faithful Veritas Rex followers know, Bil Browning of www.bilerico.com and I have a mutual agreement of sorts. He agreed to go to the Love Won Out conference with me if I would accompany him to a viewing of Inlaws and Outlaws.
Well, I attended the movie with Bil on Sunday afternoon (I even had to give up football…ouch) and was pleasantly surprised by what I found. All you gay activists out there shouldn’t get too excited. I wasn’t pleasantly surprised by the movie. “Inlaws and Outlaws” was basically a fairly boring propaganda documentary on the lives of many homosexual couples and a few heterosexual couples. Of course, the homosexual couples were either attractive or intelligent or funny or just plain likeable or a combination and the heterosexual couples were pretty dull and uninspiring. The message was almost “Homosexual marriage – gooood. Heterosexual marriage – baaaad.”
The pleasant surprise was Bil Browning. We don’t agree on much of anything and he says and promotes some things on his blog www.bilerico.com that I find unconscionable, to put it mildly. However, Bil was kind and treated me with respect. I was able to carry on a conversation with him without being shouted down or called names (which I have found unfortunately rare among gay activists). We were able to talk as men and I respect him for that. I attempted to see things from his perspective and I believe he tried to see things from my perspective as well. Who knows, perhaps after the Love Won Out conference he will even count me as a friend. (Don’t tell him…but I already count him as one.)