From the New York Times:
Richard Grenell, an openly gay and longtime Republican foreign policy spokesman hired last month by Mitt Romney’s campaign, resigned abruptly on Tuesday after his appointment came under attack by antigay activists in the party.
“We are disappointed that Ric decided to resign from the campaign for his own personal reasons,” Matt Rhoades, the Romney campaign manager, said in a statement. “We wanted him to stay because he had superior qualifications for the position he was hired to fill.”
I don’t know much about Mr. Grenell. What little I knew of him, I didn’t particularly like. And his selection to be on Mr. Romney’s campaign staff was hardly enough to make me consider voting for him.
But it was a small, shimmering little flicker of hope that maybe the Republican party might ever so slowly be edging away from its rigidly anti-gay stance. Sadly, that little flicker has been blown out. The deeply homophobic elements within the party apparently hold enough sway over its agenda that an openly gay aide to the presumptive nominee lasts nary a fortnight.
So, once again I am reminded why voting Republican is totally out of the question for me. And I can’t imagine it changing for a long, long time.