First of all, there are only a handful of known gay republicans in congress-- Rep. David Dreier(CA) is one of them-- he lives with this Chief of Staff for pete's sake!
I can practically hear the Family Research Council howling over the appointment of Dreier from more than 10 blocks away.
Update: Dreier's 24-year record on gay rights issues is, as expected, bad. Last year back he received the "Roy Cohn Award."
Update, part deux: I guess someone took Denny's hash pipe away. As mentioned in the comments, Dreier's name was initially floated then rescinded after a big closed door meeting yesterday. Majority Whip Roy Blunt (MO) was tapped instead. Allegedly there was right-wing pressure to reject Dreier for the top post. Hmmmm. Wonder why that would be?
*IF* Dreier was rejected as temporary speaker because he's gay it certainly serves him right considering that he voted against the Employment Non-Discriminiation Act.