by William Moultrie
Washington, DC – In 1983 Sally Ride became a hero as the first American woman to travel into space. She was also happily married to fellow astronaut Steve Hawley, a fact not lost on South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint (R).
“I can’t say I’ve followed Miss Ride’s career over the years,” said DeMint, “but last I heard she was flying the space shuttle and she was married to a man. Now we fast-forward twenty-five years and she’s a lesbian? It could be a coincidence, but I’m not sure as a country we should be willing to take that chance.”
NASA administrators were quick to point out that there have been hundreds of Americans in space and that there is no known higher incidence of homosexuality.
“That’s exactly the problem,” responded DeMint. “We don’t know how many astronauts are gay and if they were gay before they went into space. That’s exactly what we intend to find out.”
DeMint has already been in the news this week as his office has tried to stop the airing of ads from the Charleston-based Alliance for Full Acceptance (AAFA) that highlighted the senator’s comments on homosexuality. As yet, no televisions stations have stopped running the ads. The commercial can be seen on the AAFA website at http://www.affa-sc.org/.