Commas, can, make, a, difference
One of the reasons that I’m an out, open, and proud gay man in a committed monogamous gay relationship of 18 years (legally married since October 30, 2008) is because in many parts of the world, even right here in the United States, it is legal to kill gay people, fire them from their jobs, deny them housing, deny them spousal benefits, etc.
The only way to change that is for everyone to come out, to let the world know just how many LGBTQ people live amongst us. Heck, even the former Vice-President of the United States, Dick Cheney, who himself is homophobic, has an openly lesbian daughter.
One story I read yesterday is about the “gay panic defense” in Queensland, Australia. The “gay panic defense” was first successfully used here in the United States. Apparently, in some parts of the world it is so heinous if someone of the same gender makes a pass at you that you are legally allowed to kill the other person.
The title on the story coming to us from Queensland, Australia, is “Legal to murder gay people?”
Part of the story:
In 1997, a man in Queensland, Australia killed a gay man who he claimed flirted with him by bashing his head into a wall and stabbing him to death. Today, “gay panic” is still a legal defense for murder in Queensland that can result in lesser charges.
In fact, just two years ago, a man was brutally killed in a Queensland churchyard, and his killer used the “gay panic” defense in court. He was subsequently acquitted of murder.
I came out when I was 38. Prior to that, I did have a few women flirt with me. All I said was, “Thanks, but I’m not interested.” I would never kill someone who flirted with me.
However, this story isn’t about the basic human rights for gay people. It’s about a missing comma. Let’s go back to this sentence:
In 1997, a man in Queensland, Australia killed a gay man who he claimed flirted with him by bashing his head into a wall and stabbing him to death.
I think that if someone flirted with me by bashing my head into a wall and stabbing me to death, I’d be a little upset…….well, actually I’d be dead. Upset and dead.
Perhaps a couple of commas would be useful:
In 1997, a man in Queensland, Australia killed a gay man, who he claimed flirted with him, by bashing his head into a wall and stabbing him to death.
And with that, today’s grammar lesson comes to an end like a sun setting on what remains of the day.
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