Apparently, Lindsey Lohan is a lesbian. I did not know this and my wife is addicted to celebrity news mags!
Anyway, I was just catching up on my El Rushbo podcasts from last week and was amused by an article he read about Lindsey Lohan:
“ ‘Lindsay Lohan to Marry Samantha Ronson and Convert to Judaism.’
If reports are to be believed, Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan is planning to get married to on/off girlfriend Samantha Ronson.
Lohan and Ronson had parted ways after a hotel bust up in March, however, sources claim that the couple is back together and Lohan has even proposed. The Mean Girls star is also said to be considering converting to Judaism to marry her lesbian lover. According to the National Enquirer, wedding talk angered Ronson’s Jewish family - so Catholic Lohan has offered to convert. ‘Lindsay says Sam’s promised she’ll persuade her family to accept this, and they won’t wait to see if California changes their gay marriage legislation, but will travel to one of the states where it is legal to say their I do’s.’”
Rush’s astute take to the article was this:
Okay, here’s what gets me about it. Run through this again. Lindsay Lohan has a lesbian lover, Samantha Ronson, has proposed, going to get married. Fine, nobody has a problem with that, zip, zero, nada. Oh, yeah, cool, let’s do it! Let’s find a state where it’s legal.
The thorn in this is that Lohan’s a Catholic! And they want a religious ceremony? Well, I don’t even know if that’s the case. The thorn in this whole story for the parents is, “Oh, sure, my daughter’s going to marry a woman. Yay, let’s have a party! Wait, she’s Catholic? Nuh-uh, I ain’t going for that! You mean you couldn’t find a nice Jewish girl?”
I completely understand Rush’s surprised response to this. I actually have once asked the parents (not terribly political, but probably center-left) of a single adult female which life partner they would prefer their daughter be with: a non-Jewish male or a gay Jewish female. After a few seconds, they both chose the Jewish lesbian.
I recall another example of this “I don’t care who you marry, as long as they’re Jewish!” phenomenon, albeit fictional. It comes from an early episode of the 80’s sitcom “Too Close for Comfort” (I have the first two seasons on DVD and I’m not ashamed to say it!). A homeless person arrives at the main characters’ house (the Rush’s) looking for their downstairs neighbor, whom he visits only once a year to share Thanksgiving dinner. Viewers of the show know that the downstairs neighbor (Rafkin) was a transvestite and is now deceased. Henry Rush (played by the late, talented Ted Knight) informs the homeless person of Rafkin’s death but doesn’t want to make matters worse by telling him his friend was not really a woman. Finally, at the end of the episode, Henry lets the cat out of the bag that Rafkin was a transvestite. The homeless person responds, “That’s it? Oy, thanks God. For a minute there I thought you were gonna tell me she wasn’t Jewish!”
So, if you’re a parent, what would be more preferable to you, if your child were dating someone of the opposite sex but a different religion, or someone of the same sex but the same religion?