Republicans, particularly in the South, aren’t giving up the fight to deny equality under the law to gay people. I hope I live long enough, as Rosa Parks and Fannie Lou Hamer and John Lewis did, to see powerful oppressors become textbook illustrations of embarrassed bigots in their own lifetimes. Surveys keep saying attitudes are changing, even as the diehards fight on. Today, it’s Rep. Joe “You Lie” Wilson, my erstwhile frat brother from South Carolina, and others with a last-ditch effort to block implementation of the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. But we already knew Wilson was beyond shame.

WHICH REMINDS ME: The Human Rights Campaign’s Road to Equality bus tour will be making a number of stops in Arkansas this weekend.