You Don’t Have to Agree on Issues to Get Along (Thanks, Louis Van Amstel!)

I laughed when someone forwarded me an article titled, “DWTS Pro Louis Van Amstel Is Rooting For Bristol Palin – Say What?”

Apparently, in an interview about Dancing with the Stars All-Stars, Louis gave his opinions on the new season and had some nice things to say about me:

“I’m rooting for Bristol, she’s a very down-to-earth woman…”

He also said he felt for me, since I don’t have any dance instruction and am competing against amazing athletes with great natural talent. I think WetPaint, was surprised that Louis was so positive about me, since he’s openly gay.

However, as I’ve written before, we don’t have to agree about politics or the Bible to get along!  Thanks, Louis, for the kind words and I look forward to seeing how you’ll be a part of this new season!  (Your tweet was mysterious!)


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  • Gilly

    When we have equal rights we can get along just fine Bristol.

    • SMH

      equal rights? what right are you denied??? Civil Unions give you everything legally, Im confused. Employers cant discriminate on domestic partner benefits, which have been around way before civil unions. You have a different relationship, thats fine. But why does marriage have to be re-defined? same sex relationships are not the same and there’s nothing wrong with it NOT being the same, different is okay, isnt that what we are suppose to embrace? But criticizing someone for defending traditional, historic marriage as it is defined in every culture on the planet throughout history, is ridiculous. Thank goodness we live in this country, in some parts of the world you wouldn’t be able to finish your sentence on “equal rights”.

      • Marcia

        SMH are you really that unaware of the rights that only married couples enjoy and how homosexuals are excluded? And are you really unaware how behind the US is in equal rights compared to other countries?

        • PIBCO

          What are the rights, that only married couples have?

    • Georgia

      Gilly, You have all the rights afforded all other Americans. You are simply intolerant of the beliefs of others.

      • Marcia

        Georgia, read what Gilly wrote below about how gay couples do NOT have the same rights as others. Are you really not aware of this ??????

  • Joel

    Really, Gilly? Thank GOD some whites got along with blacks back in the day, or civil rights would never have happened. If you pledge peace only after victory, then you support war.

    • Marcia

      Seriously Joel? That’s ridiculous statement. It was whites that believed blacks deserved equal rights that were responsible for the civil rights movement!

      • Jo

        I’m pretty sure Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks would disagree with you there. Even so, white people would not have supported the movement if they didn’t get along with black people so you pretty much made Joel’s point for him.

        • Marcia

          Again, it’s about more than ” getting along with”. It’s about believing they deserve equal rights. Many whites hit along just fine with their black servants but didn’t think they should be paid the same as whites, go to the same schools, sit anywhere on the bus they felt like, marry a white person, etc etc.

          • Cindy

            Excellent points Marcia!

          • Marcia

            Thanks Cindy. Oh and hey Jo and Joel, have a look at this series of maps. You may find it illuminating given your comment on civil rights movement and marriage equality!

  • Shannon

    it’s nice that there are still some people with common sense!
    Like, respecting others opinions ever if you don’t agree with them.
    Something liberals will always preach, but never practice ;-)

    Keep up the great work Bristol, ignore the trolls !

    • Gilly

      Shannon do you think its fair that Louis could fall in love and buy a house with his partner and pay on it for 30 years and then if his partner dies he has to pay INHERITANCE TAX? On a house HE PAID FOR! And there is no way around this. The couple can share a mortgage and have to right to survivor-ship so the property goes to the remaining person but they still have to pay INHERITANCE TAX on a property for which their name is on the mortgage and deed.

      His partner will also not be able to make any funeral arrangements for the person he loved for over 30 years unless they spend hundreds of dollars creating numerous legals documents which still can be contested in many states by the deceased closet relative.

      Should we talk about social security the couple paid in…and how because their relationship is not recognized there is no duty to pass it on when one person dies.

      I think Bristol should extend an olive branch and come out in support of civil unions for same sex couples. Think of the goodwill that would accomplish.

      • Marcia

        That won’t happen Gilly. Sarah

      • Sanjo

        I think 2 people can put their name on ownership of property, both make payments, and NOT be married. The only time you pay inheritance tax is when things are not in both names. Even married people have to make sure both names are on property. By the way the Senate just voted to increase inheritance tax by 20%. Hopefully it will die in the House. I think 55% of a person’s assests going to the government is way too much.

        • Cindy

          You are wrong Sanjo.

          A lesbian couple from NYC just went through this. They had been together for 44 years. When one of the ladies died from multiple sclerosis her partner was required to pay more than 363,000 dollars in estate tax because DOMA prevents recognition of same-sex couples marriages.

          This is wrong and Un-American.

          • Nova

            Yeah , taxes should be banned.

      • Juleen

        I do agree with Civil Unions for the reasons gilly mentioned and agree with the Bible on heteral sexual marriages. Louis is a dear and an amazing dancer .

      • sodakhic

        I thought libs loved to pay tax.

  • Marcia

    Shannon, when you do not agree with homosexuals that they should have equal rights tou are NOT being respectful.

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  • Georgia

    Louis Van Amstel appears to be a good and decent man.

  • Jo

    Gilly, what you’re talking about is the law. I agree they need to be changed but Bristol is not a politician. If you want the laws changed you should write to your representatives in congress and vote for the politicians who share your view during this election cycle.
    What Bristol is trying to promote is tolerance. Saying that you can’t be respectful of someone else’s beliefs until yours are respected is just plain ridiculous.

    • Marcia

      Jo, what Bristol and her mother are doing is supporting groups that work to keep these laws from changing and they are encouraging others to do likewise.

  • Katie

    Bristol, I enjoy reading yours blogs and follow your family a lot considering we have the same beliefs. I was raised in a catholic household and we do not believe in the ‘gay’ lifestyle but I’ve always viewed it as the persons choice. Just because I may not believe in how a person lives their life doesn’t mean I’m not going to treat them with the same respect as I do everyone else. I believe that the ‘christian’ people that others are pointing at in their comments are a radical minority, not the majority. I agree that those kind of people are out there, but you can’t wrap us all up into the same group! I have an openly gay cousin, and just because I don’t believe in their lifestyle, and our views are so opposite each other, doesn’t mean I love or care for that person any less. Besides, it was Aristotle who onces said, “it’s the mark of an educated mind to be able to enterain a thought without accepting it.” Good luck with DWTS! I’m excited you are dancing with Mark again, and I will be calling in my votes for you! God Bless!

    • Marcia

      Katie have you ever asked your cousin how he feels about you calling his sexual orientation a choice and a lifestyle?

      • Katie

        The dictionary defines lifestyle as: a way of life or style of living that reflects the attitudes and values of a person or group. So, it is their lifestyle. It’s not saying anything derogatory or mean in anyway. Thats the truth. That is how they live their lives, so therefore it’s a lifestyle. Now as for calling it their choice, that’s were we would probably never make any headway. And that is okay. We agree to disagree and we just stay clear of talking about it. If you cannot accomplish anything in a converstation where two people hold two totally different views, than there is no point in making anyone angry, especially if it is a family member.

        • Marcia

          How they live their life? It’s no different than how heterosexuals live their lives. The only difference is that the person they are kissing, making love to, sharing a home with, building a future with , raising a family with, etc. happens to be of the same sex. That is not a different lifestyle than yours.

          How does your cousin feel about you calling his sexuality a choice?

          • Katie

            like I said before, I lifestyle reflects a persons values, and are values are different, and therefore we live different lifestyles. And like I said before, we differ when I call it a choice. We’ve agreed to disagree. I don’t know why you are trying to make something out of it. We love each other, we are family, and I will stick by them till the end! And on that note, I’m going to be courteous, and respectful and bow out gracefully. I said what I feel and that is all I wanted to do. You can look elsewhere for an arguement because you will not find it here.

          • Marcia

            And like I said Katie, the way homosexual couples live their lives is no different than how heterosexual couples live their lives. There is no different lifestyle.

            And I leave you with this: ask your cousin how he feels about you thinking his sexuality is a choice. His response will likely change your thinking.

  • Jo

    I think you might want to brush up on your own reading comprehension skills sir. Her post simply said that Louis Van Amstel had some nice things to say about her- which he did.
    It doesn’t say anything about her ability as a dancer nor does it say anything about his agreeing with her beliefs.
    I, personally, do not agree with her beliefs on gay marriage but I respect her as a person. The point she is trying to make is that people can disagree with eachother and still be friendly.

  • http://EileenS Eileen the elder

    Gilly and Timbit, I look at this blog about once a week and have noticed that the most hate filled comments have come from homosexuals or liberals, not Christians. Christians who believe that the Bible is unfallible live their lives accordingly and will stand before God and be judged by Him just as you two will be. Do you not think that we grieve for all those listed in the NT that will never enter into the Kingdom of God: liars, killers, thieves, homosexuals, etc? Like Jesus, we desire that none should perish. We believe that there is only one unpardonable sin and that is blaspheming the Holy Spirit, not homosexuality, lying, stealing,etc. Single tax payers get taken to the cleaners far more than homosexual couples. Plus,when I go to a restaurant, I am always asked if it is “just me”. Rather than whine about the comment, I respond,”unless you would like to join me ” and then I laugh. The hostess blushes and I get treated like a queen the rest of the night!! You can either let things in your life be your stepping stone or your tomb stone, the choice is yours.

    • Marcia

      Eileen please explain for us how single taxpayers get ” taken to the cleaners” far more than homosexual couples?

    • Jo

      When you say the Bible is infallible do you mean the whole thing or just the New Testament? Cause the proper behavior for women while menstruating in the Old Testament is pretty intense.
      And if all liars are denied entrance into Heaven then I’m sunk cause I’ve never once put my actual weight on my driver’s license ;)