Robert Kellogg, the openly gay chairman of the Gaston County Democratic Party, has some praise for the president.

“Mr. President, your words and actions over the past four years concerning LGBT equality have opened up the doors of acceptance and begun to close the door on discrimination,” Kellogg wrote in a guest commentary for The Gaston Gazette in late January. “You have advanced love over hate and have made countless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered men and women proud to be Americans, empowered to embrace their sexuality and emboldened to seek a place at the table of American equality. You are not only my president, but you are my hero.”

Kellogg’s piece is inspiring and moving. But, of course, that didn’t stop another reader from responding with some old, tired anti-gay rhetoric.

“The parade of militant homosexuality continues its march forward with the drumbeats merging in the rhythms of Hell,” writes Mark Huffman.

Sigh. You know, Huffman’s words might actually have been taken seriously 20 years ago. Now, it just seems like hyperbolic hot air.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.