Iris Robinson, the wife of Northern Ireland’s First Minister, has resigned as a UK Member of Parliament after confessing to marital unfaithfulness. The controversial politician said she had suffered severe mental illness and had attempted suicide as a result of her actions.
Robinson compounded her already-notorious reputation for homophobia in 2008 when she described homosexuality as “disgusting, nauseous, loathsome, shamefully wicked and vile,” and suggested that psychiatric help could turn gay people straight.
Her affair was roughly 18 months ago, which indicates she was engaging in adultery at the same time she went public with her egregious judgments on homosexuals.
The LGBT community will not be surprised that another of its most vicious attackers is revealed to have been harboring ugly sexual sins of her own.
But I bear Iris Robinson no ill will. While homophobia is ugly, so is mental illness, depression and the destructive forces that lead people to attempt suicide. I wish love, peace and healing for Iris and her family. And yes, I also hope that love, peace and healing will translate into a more gracious, understanding and tolerant attitude towards gays and lesbians.