I've been asked by a number of media outlets to send a statement about Larry Craig's resignation. There were plenty of gifts Craig gave to the cartoonists and comics. From statements like "I want to thank the governor for standing behind me" to decisions to hold press events at train stations. At the end of the day, though, this is serious business about serious issues.
Here's what I'm putting out:
Today, Larry Craig apologized to everyone except the people he has most harmed by his actions -- gay Americans. His legacy will include his career-long work in opposing basic civil rights for gay and lesbian Americans, creating an atmosphere where it is unsafe for many to be honest about their lives.
Those in American politics who use anti-gay sentiments for political purposes must learn from this experience and reconsider their divisive tactics. Politicians like Larry Craig have helped to create a society that drives many men and women into the closet. Larry Craig's arrest, when coupled with the hypocrisy of seeking sexual encounters from the very men he actively legislates against, becomes merely the catalyst to expose the dishonesty and secrecy of anti-gay politicians who expect a community to harbor its own enemies within.
The time when politicians can stand with one foot on the platform of homophobia and the other in the closet has come to an end.