Is ‘bigoted’ letter to ‘Dear Abby’ latest anti-gay hoax


by Howard Portnoy

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You got a “gay” problem: Who you gonna call? Not Ghostbusters. Not Dear Abby either.

It’s hard to know whether “Unhappy in Tampa” is another invention by a well-meaning but misguided liberal who was “attempting to spur a healthy discourse on a highly passionate topic” by manufacturing a couple who disapproves of the gay lifestyle. The letter, to advice columnist Abigail Van Buren, certainly has all the earmarks of a hoax:

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I relocated to Florida a little over a year ago and were quickly welcomed into our new neighbors’ social whirl. Two couples in the neighborhood are gay — one male, one female. While they are nice enough, my husband and I did not include them when it was our turn to host because we do not approve of their lifestyle choices. Since then, we have been excluded from neighborhood gatherings, and someone even suggested that we are bigots!

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