Dear Abby, 18 February 2014:
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I relocated to Florida a little over a year ago and were quickly welcomed into our new neighbors’ social whirl. Two couples in the neighborhood are gay — one male, one female. While they are nice enough, my husband and I did not include them when it was our turn to host because we do not approve of their lifestyle choices. Since then, we have been excluded from neighborhood gatherings, and someone even suggested that we are bigots! Abby, we moved here from a conservative community where people were pretty much the same. If people were “different,” they apparently kept it to themselves. While I understand the phrase “when in Rome,” I don’t feel we should have to compromise our values just to win the approval of our neighbors. But really, who is the true bigot here? Would you like to weigh in? — Unhappy in Tampa
Dear Unhappy in Tampa,
So, you’re telling me that just because you refuse to compromise on your impeccable values, your new neighbors won’t give you the free hospitality you’re entitled to? Since when is it a rule that people other than you get to decide for themselves who they socialize with? Your neighbors are behaving with unspeakable rudeness; you’ve informed them that you find teh gaez to be so morally reprehensible that you cannot deign to sully yourselves with their physical presence, and yet they refuse to create elaborately staged social situations which ostracize other human beings on your behalf. Clearly the real bigots here are the people who refuse to tolerate your unbridled prejudice against people who refuse to change their sexual orientation for a plateful of your delicious hate d’oeuvres. You’ve done all you can to prevent these people from leaving their gay all over your house, and yet they and their friends seem to have some objection to your festive company. This is discrimination, plain and simple; your neighbors have no right to exclude you from social events just because you have made the lifestyle choice to be straight, just as the demonstrably heterosexual Lord intended.