Official Nevada State Homophobe Richard Ziser is outraged, ostensibly because the university system is poised to join the late 20th century and extend health benefits to domestic partners, all Disney-like (LVRJ).
The true source of Ziser's outrage, of course, is much more complex, rooted, perhaps, in Ziser's unusually high susceptibility to adhere to what he sees as powerful external social conventions, possibly triggered by a traumatic experience, and now aggravated by an insatiable hunger to see his name in the paper.
Then again his homophobia could be a manifestation of his fear of feelings and urges with which he is in constant struggle and forever striving to suppress.
Whatever the cause, the first thing Ziser needs to do is realize that his opinions do not constitute a political agenda but a treatable disorder. The counseling profession is always making advances, and currently claims a tremendous success rate when it comes to treating phobias, including homophobia. Why, one firm even holds out promise that Ziser could vanquish his homophobia in total privacy, with a home study CD program. While the Gleaner does not endorse any particular counselor or counseling method, suffice it to say that help is out there.
Meantime, by reporting the exasperated bellowing of a sick man as if his disorder-driven positions on public policy warrant a story of more than 1,000 words, the Las Vegas Review-Journal is simply reinforcing Ziser's fears, thus making it all the more unlikely that Ziser will seek the help he so obviously needs. Ziser may think that by publishing his accusations and alarmist rhetoric as if they are credible and newsworthy, the R-J is helping his cause. In fact, the R-J is hindering Ziser's ability to move on to a more productive, happier life, a life free of the dark and constant burden of a powerful yet wholly irrational fear.
Imagine what that life would be like, Richard. Have the courage to take that first step and seek some help. You can do it.