The Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage may have been a huge step forward for gay rights, but not everybody is celebrating. A Kentucky family-court judge, who often oversees gay adoptions, laments that the “biggest bugaboo with the whole thing” is how it has changed his interactions with other men.
Fayette Circuit Court Judge Tim Philpot said, ““I meet with men four or five times a week [to minister] and we hug; we love each other at a certain level. I don’t hug the way I used to.”
This isn’t the only injustice he has suffered; he complained that the LGBT community has “stolen” the rainbow symbol from Christians, and solemnly vowed, “I’m gonna take it back. I’m gonna drive around town with my rainbow and my eight-pound shorky (a Shih Tzu and a Yorkshire terrier mix) and let them think what they want.”
The rainbow isn’t the only thing gay people have stolen, however; Philpot declared that the Supreme Court decision has robbed children of a comfortable culture of heteronormativity. “Now kids not only have to decide which girl to date, or which boy to date, they’ve got to decide which gender to date,” he said. “There is not a 12-year-old or 13-year-old or a 14-year-old in Fayette County, Ky., that doesn’t have to decide ‘Am I gay or am I straight?’ Man, I’m telling you, that is some kind of abuse.”
This may seem like a strange reaction from someone who presides over gay adoptions, but Philpot is quick to clarify that he loves gay people; it’s just their relationships he’s can’t tolerate. Furthermore, he added, gay marriages are “really very illogical … kind of like a dog show I was watching a few years ago where the announcer said that was a magnificent Chihuahua. Those words don’t make sense to me.” [Towleroad]