On NBC’s popular mockumentary comedy The Office, the character Michael Scott was known for trying to be helpful but always managing to do or say something uncomfortable. Like the episode where, wanting to prove he’s not homophobic, he asks a gay man to kiss him.

Watching renders the same feeling you get when reading lines from today’s story in the New York Times about Republicans becoming increasingly accepting of gay marriage.

Here are the best ones:

– “My brother married a black girl, and that worked out great for them.”

– “To be honest with you, most of them are very nice.”

– “I have a cousin who’s very bi, went every which way.”

–“She took me into a fully gay bar. It was a good time. These people have a sense of humor.”

–And this entire paragraph, written by Michael Winerip, the author of the story…:“When [Svetlana Goykhman] immigrated here, it was in department stores, like Saks, where she first met gay people. ‘I had makeup people, I was buying from, I spoke to them,’ Ms. Goykhman said. ‘For clothes and styles, too — they’re the same people, if anything they’re nicer.’”