It’s no great surprise that many people, myself included, perhaps, think that South Carolina is a little behind the times ... okay, a lot behind the times. I mean, I have often said that, here in our little Red State, it's not the heat, it’s the stupidity.
But, South Carolina has come careening into the 21st century recently because we have our first ... sorry ... I’m getting verklempt ... our very first openly gay legislator, and a Republican, in one Jason Elliott.
And Jason comes from the Upstate, an ultra-conservative part of South Carolina that is home to the Christian fundamentalist Bob Jones University.
What the what? There’s a queer republican in the Upstate? Is the rest of the state gonna secede from itself?
Elliott, a 46-year-old divorce attorney, says his sexual orientation was not an issue in his campaign—though, to me, it’s huge for the state that we have a ‘mo in the statehouse—and says it’s also irrelevant to his job because his focus is education, increasing jobs and repairing the state's crumbling roads and bridges.
Look, he can sleep with whomever he chooses, but if he can get rid of the potholes and the loose pavement and the crumbling bridges, I’m all for him ... queer or not.
Education is good, jobs are fine, but we have seen our roads and bridges literally fall to pieces while the Legislature, and our former Governor, Nikki Haley do nothing about them.
Sadly, though, Elliott does say he’ll vote along with his GOP colleagues, which pisses me off. I’m happy to have a queer in the statehouse, but if he’s gonna be one of those self-loathing queers that goose-steps along with the GOP because he has an ‘R’ by his name, then he will have a fight on his hands.
So, here’s hoping that if legislation that is discriminatory to anyone based on sexual orientation or gender identity, or even just plain gender, that Jason Elliott will vote the right way, the equal way, and perhaps sway others in the statehouse to follow suit.
Oh, and fix our roads..