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What Weiner, Schwarzenegger and Eddie Long have in common-Marriage!

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

At a glance, it seems that Eddie Long, Anthony Weiner and Arnold Schwarzenegger really only have one thing in common; they are public figures who were publicly disgraced for their alleged and in two of the cases, admitted inappropriate sexual behavior. What has been on my mind every single time one of these stories has flooded all the media outlets is their wives. All these men are married and as such, have not only publicly humiliated their wives but have possibly exposed them to deadly sexually transmitted diseases.

The department of health in Massachusetts recently announced that HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for African-American women in the state; most of whom became infected by their intimate partners. I bring this up to bring attention to an area of these sensational stories that most media outlets don’t seem to be interested in talking about. Women, especially black women are being infected with deadly diseases at an alarming rate and the people who are infecting them are their husbands and partners.

While the news reports talk about whether Eddie Long should step down from the pulpit or whether or not Anthony Weiner should resign from public office, no mention is made of what they have exposed their wives to. It’s time for us to shift the focus on all these stories! Yes, these men have an obligation to their congregations or constituents but what about the vows that they made to love and protect their wives? It’s time for us to stop asking if they “used public (fill in the blank)” during the course of their affairs and ask if they used “protection” because failure to do so not only put their lives in danger but it put the lives of their wives in danger as well.