|Sorry, but the dude seriously gives me the creeps.|
Sometimes it's not about politics. We can sort out policies. I like this one, you like that one, this other one not so much. But out-and-out inhumane actions and attitudes, they're a different matter. And Mike Pence has walked in those shadows. From the Mark Joseph Stern article I didn't read well enough:
But when Pence ran for Congress in 2000, he ran on a platform of reversing these life-saving advances. As his “Guide to Renewing the American Dream” explained, Pence had serious concerns about the Ryan White CARE Act, a vital federal program that helped provide medication and treatment to low-income and uninsured AIDS patients. “Congress,” Pence wrote, “should support the reauthorization of the Ryan White Care Act only after completion of an audit to ensure that federal dollars [are] no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus.”
The way I read this is pretty simple. Mike Pence was saying lose the gay, or lose your life. Where am I wrong? I can't imagine that I am, and I can't imagine anyone not being repulsed by that. If you aren't, then you are situating yourself in well-fuck-you-then territory, as in fuck you. Go hang with Mike Pence. You deserve each other.Pence, in other words, insisted that no federal funds should go to AIDS organizations that accept homosexuality. Instead, he argued: “Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.” Put simply, Pence wanted to redirect critical HIV funding from AIDS treatment programs to ex-gay conversion therapy—i.e., torture.
Ashley Feinberg has some advice worth following on this.