by Ben Cohen
This has got to be one of the most despicable things a professional writer from a main stream paper has written in a long, long time.
Jan Moir of the Mail Online has cobbled together a semi coherent homophobic assault on gays and gay marriage by exploiting the death of Boy Zone star Stephen Gately.
Moir essentially argued that because Gately died on holiday with his partner and another male (who may or may not have been sexually involved with the couple), 1. The coroners report must be wrong (the evidence shows Gately died of natural causes), and 2. Gay marriage must be bad.
Whatever the cause of death is, it is not, by any yardstick, a natural
one. Let us be absolutely clear about this. All that has been
established so far is that Stephen Gately was not murdered.
Apparently, writing for the Daily Mail also qualifies you as a coroner. Bizarrely, Moir then uses Gately's death as a warning on the perils of gay marriage:
Gay activists are always calling for tolerance and understanding about
same-sex relationships, arguing that they are just the same as
heterosexual marriages. Not everyone, they say, is like George Michael......
a gay rights champion, I am sure he would want to set an example to any
impressionable young men who may want to emulate what they might see as
his glamorous routine.
For once again, under the carapace
of glittering, hedonistic celebrity, the ooze of a very different and
more dangerous lifestyle has seeped out for all to see.
Gately and his partner may have engaged in sexual activity with a third person. We simply do not know. And even if they were, who cares? How many heterosexual people have threesomes? How many heterosexuals cheat on their spouses? Does this mean straight marriage should be banned?
It is a nonsensical argument and a blatant attack on homosexuals.
We can deduce two things about Moir from her writing:
1. She is an idiot.
2. She is homophobic.
3. She has no business working as a writer.
Moir and her dimwitted editor should be fired for her deeply offensive article, and made to publicly apologize to Gately's family.