Fox News contributor Guy Benson is tired of progressives call him a self-hating homosexual just because he touts the Republican line. In a YouTube video that's racked up more than 430,000 views, Townhall.com's 32-year-old political editor says he doesn't define himself by his sexuality.
"When it comes to my political beliefs, my orientation is only one part of the story," he insists in the clip, produced by Prager U. "Some unimaginative leftists like to believe this qualifies me as a self-hating gay person. This is so boring."
Benson really doesn't make hay out of being gay: He came out in a footnote (literally) to his 2015 book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
In the new clip he claims, "In my day-to-day life I spend a lot more time thinking and writing about the failures of Obamacare, for example, than I do about 'LGBT issues,' whatever that term might mean on any given day."
"I fully recognize how fortunate I am to live in a time and a country where I can be openly gay and live a normal life," he concedes. "And that’s in large part thanks to the hard work of gay rights activists who’ve paved the way for people like me—people who had it much harder than I do, and people who likely wouldn’t share my politics. I am genuinely grateful to them."
"But, he counters, "it’s a new era now. Why ostracize members of our community who don’t toe the left-wing political line?"
Indeed, Prager U's founder, right-wing radio host Dennis Prager has claimed same-sex marriage will lead to polygamy and incest. But that doesn't seem to bother Benson.
While he supports same-sex marriage and nondiscrimination laws, he has previously maintained there should be “broad carve-outs for religious organizations, in particular, and narrow carve-outs for closely-held businesses that serve the wedding industry.” He also says most gays are full of "wrath and judgment" and need to be tolerant of other perspectives.
"I’m a Christian, a patriotic American, and a free-market, shrink-the-government conservative—who happens to be gay," he concludes. "That's how I choose to rank my priorities. You know what that's called? It's called progress."