Former Washington, DC fundraiser and journalist form blogACTIVE.com Micheal Rogers knew Republican Illinois Senator Mark Kirk was a closeted gay, but only decided to "out" him when he found out Kirk was not one of the Senators voting for the repeal of DADT.
Rogers says Kirk had good ratings with the Human Rights Campaign, and formerly, the DADT repeal was more or less a dead issue.
Thus the matter of his being a closeted gay man (Kirk was married and divorced; the marriage produced no children) was not deemed too important.
Now that he has angered gay activists like Rogers and others, the claws are coming out: Huffington Post is running a piece about Kirk's lies about military awards he has received.
AFTAH defends Kirk
Predictably, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) founder Peter LaBarbera , is more or less defending Kirk, and pointing to the evils of outing a gay man for not voting gay on all issues (true enough).
LaBarbera points out that his and Rogers' methods and rationale for outing closeted gay politicians are counter to eachother:
- Rogers will not out a closeted gay if he is doing all he can for gay advancement while in the closet
- Conversely, LaBarbera will not out a closeted gay unless he is using his political power to advance the gay agenda.