Gwyneth Paltrow’s Homosexuality Challenge!

June 9, 2011
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Gwyneth Paltrow’s homosexuality challenge (as I’m calling it) was actually issued in response to the appalling behavior of a particular Arkansas public school board member in a letter the actress published this week.

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Found in this week’s GOOP Newsletter, the actress crafted some pointed words about the school official whom she says wished death upon gays on Facebook by encouraging them to commit suicide.

That story is actually true, and Clint McCance didn’t stop there. He went on to say that he would disown his children if they were gay. His bumbling rant was apparently in response to the growing support for a Facebook fan page designed to curb the high rate of suicide amongst gay teens.

Here is the Arkansas official’s rant, in part:

“Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide… We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE.”

McCance’s nonsense caught the attention of Paltrow, who has decided to offer a bit of a challenge. She first told a story about her daughter coming home from school with the news that one of her classmates had two mommies, to which she replied: “Two mommies? How lucky is she?!”

She then wrote:

“What does it actually say in the bible that will cause some people to be upset by my line of thinking?”

She wrote that, even though McCance apologized, he still “maintained that his values pertaining to homosexuality would remain, as he felt homosexuality was condemned in the bible.”

So there you have it, she posed an open-ended question that is pretty vague, but will no doubt stir up debate. It’s not exactly profound or new, but I’m thrilled that a celebrity is putting energy into something positive, and not prancing around town getting arrested.

Obviously for Gwyneth Paltrow, homosexuality is something that she feels people should not be ashamed of, but do you think she will change anyone’s mind?

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