And now, in the you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up department…
A truly awful story has been making the rounds on social media today about a male dog in Jackson, Tennessee whose owner sent him to be euthanized at a high-kill shelter. Why? He spotted the pitbull/bulldog mix mounting another male dog, which, as far as he was concerned, meant the dog was gay. Of course, while animals can be gay, dogs mount each other for a variety of nonsexual reasons — nervousness, excitement, or to express social dominance, for example. But nope, to this
knuckle-dragger disgustingly cruel human being, male dog mounting another male dog = gay dog. And we can’t have ourselves one of them gay dogs, can we?
Thankfully, the story took a happier turn. After a Facebook campaign was set up to save the dog, Stephanie Fryns of the rescue group Woof Connections adopted him this morning, just hours before he was scheduled to be euthanized. Appropriately, she named him Elton.
That would have been the end of the story were it not for the publicity-hungry Bill Donohue (left), president of the so-called Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. Never one to miss an opportunity to bash gay people (he’s compared marriage equality to apartheid, slavery, racism, and genocide, falsely blamed the Catholic Church’s clerical sex abuse crisis on homosexuality in a full-page ad in the New York Times, and called AIDS “self-inflicted“), Donohue rushed to his computer and penned a blog post in which he accused the shelter of being biased in favor of gay dogs.
Seriously. He also included a photograph of Sir Elton John holding a dog and claimed that the canine Elton was singled out for preferential treatment because of his sexual orientation. Donohue lamented that the dog’s fate would have been different had he not been perceived as gay:
Had poor Elton not been identified as a homosexual, his heterosexuality would not have been enough to save his hide.
The moral of the story is: Being gay is not only a bonus for humans these days, it is a definite plus for dogs as well. As for straights, the lonely and the disabled, that’s another story altogether.
Bill: Seriously? The sea change in public support for LGBT equality has made you so desperate that you’ve resorted to whining about and picking on allegedly gay dogs?!?
Time to throw in the towel, sir. No, wait — on second thought, stay. Nobody with a brain has taken you seriously in years, but you’re worth keeping around for the entertainment value.