The presumption of heterosexuality is so strong that even where it's clear to anyone approaching the facts with an open mind that it's invalid, the presumption will often prevail. Thus parents will blind themselves to the perfectly obvious homosexuality of one of their children (or at least pretend to not notice despite whatever nagging doubts trouble them when their heads touch their pillows at night).
Mr. Switzer never replied. Obviously it hadn't occurred to him that the "turkey men" could have been lifelong gay partners, but that's as likely—even more probable—an explanation as any other. Considered as a romance it's even a better story than two straight bachelors who just happened to live together for over 50 years. Perhaps the reason I received no reply is that this possibility embarrassed or offended Mr. Switzer, but I'll never know. The presumption of heterosexuality, still quite strong, kept him from seeing a conclusion that in 2011 should occur to lots of people, including straight people, who are beginning to wake up to what's been going on for a very long time.
“How I Lost a Gay Marriage Debate,” April 29, 2010
“Straight Talk,” May 10, 2010
“Marijuana and Me,” July 11, 2010
"Choose To Be Gay, Choose To Be Straight," January 25, 2011
"The Homosexual Agenda To Conquer the World," February 8, 2011
"Seducing Straight Men," March 3, 2011
"Coming Out: How To Tell People You're Gay," March 27, 2011
"Jumping the Broom: How 'Married' are Married Gay Couples?" July 17, 2011"The Legacy of Homophobia," August 2, 2011
"The History of Gay Rights in Columbus, Ohio," June 4, 2012
“Gay Marriage, DOMA, Proposition 8 and the Mysterious Supreme Court,” January 15, 2013
“A Guide to the Best of My Blog,” April 29, 2013