A Looming Anti-Gay Purge on the Hill?

Friday, October 06, 2006

A Looming Anti-Gay Purge on the Hill?

The buzz around Washington is that senior GOP leaders on Capitol Hill are going to take out their anger over the Foley-page scandal on every staffer they know to be gay.

Even though Congressman Foley's misdeeds had nothing to do with his sexual orientation and everything to do with his behavior, a list has apparently been drafted by Republican leadership of office and committee staff who happen to be gay -- the next step would ostensibly be to pressure them all to resign.

"The List" story broke during Tuesday night's broadcast of the CBS "Evening News."

The List amplifies this post by Michael Crowley at The Plank, reporting that GOP leaders on the Hill appeared to be "promoting a storyline" that it was gay GOP staffers who covered up for Foley.

Villifying gay Republican staffers -- a nice strategy to deflect criticism from the Speaker's office and get back in the good graces of the party's Religious Right base?

In this blog post, commentator David Corn says he has a copy of the List. According to Corn, the List
... includes nine chiefs of staffs, two press secretaries, and two directors of communications ....
And Corn adds:
Let's be clear about one thing: the Mark Foley scandal is not about homosexuality. Some family value conservatives are suggesting it is.

But anytime a gay Republican is outed by events, a dicey issue is raised: what about those GOPers who are gay and who serve a party that is anti-gay? Are they hypocrites, opportunists, or just confused individuals?

Is it possible to support a party because you adhere to most of its tenets -- even if that party refuses to recognize you as a full citizen?

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