Thursday, June 3, 2010

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) Outed from Closet After DADT Repeal Vote

Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) gets outed 
Former Washington, DC fundraiser and journalist form  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.  

Times have changed. Now, for the first time in his congressional career, Mark Kirk really had the chance to stand up and do what is right with the power of a vote. When I heard that five GOPers voted to lift the Don't Ask Don't Tell ban I instinctively thought Kirk would be one of them. What a disappointment when he wasn't. The five were: Judy Biggert (R-IL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ron Paul (R-TX), Joseph Cao (R-LA), and Charles Djou, (R-HI).

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. 
When — as in years preceding the Mark Foley scandal — talk of the VIP’s reported homosexuality becomes so widespread that it demands clarification, AFTAH and this writer ask politicianspotential judges and VIP media members the “Homosexual Question.” Deeply-held private biases affect public policy, so the voting public has a right to know those biases, especially when they are the target of hard-ball pressure politics. Of course, Michael Rogers — who queried this writer on the same question — comes at it from the opposite perspective. 

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