Letters to the Editor

Why call mayor ‘openly gay’?

I was delighted to read in the Herald-Leader that Jim Gray has filed for the U.S Senate race, but less than happy to see him, once again, described as “openly gay.”

There is a total lack of equivalency in the treatment of Gray and Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who was mentioned in the same sentence as the mayor. He is described as “openly gay.” She is not described as “openly straight.”

Moreover, why is it necessary to reference his sexual orientation at all if, in fact, he is “openly” gay? Doesn’t that phrase mean that Gray’s sexual orientation is a publicly known fact?

The publicly known fact of Davis’ opposition to same-sex marriage is not mentioned in the article, but the publicly known fact of Gray’s sexual orientation is expressly referenced.

Carolyn Bratt