“Jeopardy” Clue Throws Shade On Gay Marriage Haters

We love us some Jeopardy!, but we never thought the show would read a bitch. We stand corrected: This week, a clue given to contestants threw major shade at opponents of marriage equality.

In a category called ‘Civil’, the $800 clue offered was: “Some opponents of same-sex marriage say, ’hey gay folks, how about these? Wouldn’t these be good enough?’”

The answer—sorry, question—was “what are civil unions.”

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It’s an oddly sassy clue for the show, which is usually so dry you could spread jam on it. But we’re not complaining.

We’re thinking maybe Jeopardy! has a gay writer—last summer, contestants were asked to name the word that means “A term for talking trash about someone is ‘throwing’ this, like a big elm tree might do.”


Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.