This is our new hero. We think we might even by crying. Either that or the vodka’s reached eye level.

*strokes head, in non-patronising manner*

This is Philip Spooner.

*says hello to the nice man*

He is 86 years old, he’s a D-Day veteran, and he believes in equal rights.

*cunts the world over think ’tis the devil that done it*

He also has a gay son.

*cunts the world over think ’tis the gays that done it*

He also spoke out for gay rights at the Maine Judiciary Committee in April. This is a video of him doing just that. It’s taken a few months to filter down to the interdolly but, you know, better late than a kick in the teeth whilst the chips are down at the end of the day when mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, old chums.

And for those who like a transcript to go with these things (in this case it’s advisable as the nice man is quite difficult to understand in places. First night nerves and all that), we’ve provided one (minus a few of the snoresville bits), alongside the moving pictures.

Oh, and Philip Spooner is here seen bathed in light which is scientific proof that God approves.

‘Good morning committee. My name is Philip Spooner. I am 86-years-old and a lifetime Republican.‘I am here because of a conversation I had last June, when I was voting. The woman at my polling place asked me, do I believe in equality for gay and lesbian people?‘I was pretty surprised to be asked a question like that. It made no sense to me. Finally I asked her, “What do you think I fought for in Omaha Beach?”

‘So much blood and guts. So much sacrifice – for what? For freedom and equality. These are the values that make America a great nation, and one worth dying for.

‘We must have equal rights for everyone. It’s what this country was started for.

‘It makes no sense that some people who love each other can marry and others can’t, just because of who they are.

‘This is what we fought for in WWII. That idea that we can be different but still be equal.

‘My wife and I did not raise four sons with the idea that three of them would have the certain set of rights but that our gay child would be left out.

‘We raised them all to be hard-working, proud and loyal Americans, and they all did good.

‘I think if two adults who love each other want to get married, they should be able to.

‘Everybody is supposed to be equal in this country, and gay people should have the right to marry.

‘Thank you.’


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5 comments to “This is our new hero. We think we might even by crying. Either that or the vodka’s reached eye level.”

  1. I’m balling my fucking eyes out.

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  2. It’s so sweet of you to make his speech text so large, MeMeMe. The delightful old chap does seem a little visually impaired.

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  3. give that man a great big hug from me.

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  4. Love this man. They should’ve had him on Question Time.

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  5. I hearrrrrrrrt him FOREVER

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