Welcome the HoBos: Homosexual Bourgeoisie

Jonah Goldberg: It's a validation of the value of hard work and monogamy
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2010 1:06 PM CST
File photo from a gay wedding in Los Angeles in 2008.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

(Newser) – Doesn't seem that long ago that the "gay left wanted to smash the bourgeois prisons of monogamy, capitalistic enterprise, and patriotic values and bask in the warm sun of bohemian 'free love,'" writes Jonah Goldberg. Now homosexuals want to get married and serve in the military. Like a lot of once-subversive cultural movements, it's not so subversive anymore, mainly because adherents have realized that "bourgeois values—monogamy, hard work, etc.—are the best guarantors of success and happiness," writes Goldberg in the Los Angeles Times.

He thinks gay marriage is inevitable, and "finds it cruel and absurd to tell gays that living the free-love lifestyle is abominable while at the same time telling them that their committed relationships are illegitimate too." The conservative columnist says his "friends often act as if there's some grand alternative to both the bohemian or the bourgeois lifestyles. But there isn't. And given that open homosexuality is simply a fact of life, the rise of the HoBos—the homosexual bourgeoisie—strikes me as good news."

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