Friday, May 13, 2005

The Mayor of Spokane

The mayor of the city of Spokane, Washington, a conservative Republican by the name of Jim West, was recently forced to admit that he has sex with men. In fact, he corresponded for the purpose of sex with someone he believed to be a 17-year-old boy. That's illegal in Washington. (The age of consent is 16, but only if the difference in age is less than 5 years. I'm not sure how old Jim West is, but I'd venture a guess that he's over 23.) West has a long history of vigorously opposing gay rights: he voted to ban gay teachers, to block domestic partner benefits for gay city employees, and consistently opposed anti-discrimination measures.

Yup, I guess that gay marriage really is the most pressing issue facing our nation.