De Blasio calls an Andrea Peyser column about his marriage ‘shockingly ignorant’
New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser wrote a column today questioning whether Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray were being "honest" about their marriage, since McCray previously identified herself as a lesbian.
Peyser wrote, "Lesbians don’t simply get cured, as if homosexuality were a temporary disease. Someone (de Blasio? McCray? Both?) isn’t being honest."
De Blasio, who has been married to McCray since 1991 and lives with her and their two teenage children in Brooklyn, sent a letter to the Post editor calling Peyser's column "shockingly ignorant."
Peyser weighs in regularly on gay and lesbian culture, one time even writing sympathetically about her niece, who came out and got married to a woman. But generally she's not crazy about it.
Here's de Blasio's letter.
To the editor:
Today, the New York Post, through its columnist Andrea Peyser, once again targeted my marriage and my family. Ms. Peyser went so far as to question whether my wife and I were 'being honest' about our relationship. I must ask, what exactly does she think that we're lying about? That we haven't been married for 18 years? That we don't really love each other? That we don't really have two children we love?
What's even more ugly—and shockingly ignorant—is the way Ms. Peyser seems to define those who are gay or lesbian as suffering from a 'disease' from which they 'don't simply get cured.'
Bill de Blasio