A few days ago, I suppose I caused a little stir in the world, giving my bloggie middle finger to Linda Ketner for outing supportive SC politicians. I call it a little stir because assembloge, a blog on Q-Notes in the Carolinas, reported on it calling it “Harsh.” Perhaps it was, but I stood by my opinion (though the Charleston City Paper doesn’t think it was true outing at all, but I have to question how a public figure talking about the sexual orientation of rumored homosexuals isn’t, at least, an attempt at outing?).
I’ve always been resolute about never outing anyone, believing strongly that every person gets to decide when or if he or she comes out.
I let myself and others down in a recent off-the-record chat with a reporter. I obviously don’t have knowledge of the sexual orientation of any individuals mentioned. What I do have is respect and appreciation for their service to this state.
My sincerest apologies to any of you rightfully upset with me.
I think it’s a good apology. And so, for now (and for the first time?), I retract my middle finger to Ms. Ketner.