Clint Eastwood backs gay marriage
The granite-hewn actor and director, a supposed conservative, once again confounds pundits by calling for marriage equality in the US.
More power to Clint. He has, in recent years, done a good job of confounding cheap assumptions about his political beliefs. His recent, much criticised appearance at the Republican Party Convention seemed to suggest that he was finally — after some dallying — nailed his flag to the conservative wagon. Today’s news doesn’t signal any massive lunge across the spectrum. The legal brief that he has signed calling for the legalisation of same-sex marriage also carries the names of 80 declared Republicans. But it does clarify that — for all the talk about two Americas — there are far greater nuances to that nation’s political differences than we often pretend. Clint, like many heroes of western fiction, appears to tend towards a libertarian class of conservatism. That is to say he believes that the state should pretty much leave people alone. Such folk don’t hold much for abundant welfare provision. But, if they’re true to their beliefs, they also feel that it’s nobody’s business whom you want to love and how you choose to express that love.
Anyway, all fair-weather Eastwood fans who deserted him after the empty-chair incident should take note and tip their hats to one of the last great, old-school movie monoliths. It is touching that we care what he thinks. Carry on, sir.