Things that make you go hmmmm…

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There was a very interesting story that played out last week around Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa) and one of his staff members. Two weeks ago, Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) rebuked Santorum on the Senate floor for comments that Santorum made in a 2002 article about the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal. Kennedy demanded an apology along with several other piling on Massachusetts pols.

I won’t defend Santorum’s statements other than to say that there is some truth to the claim that a society reaps what it sows. To single out Boston as “a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America,” though not an untrue statement, was inappropriate considering the subject matter.

The really interesting events began to unfold after Kennedy’s speech on the Senate floor. Since this issue (Santorum’s article) was now a hot topic after laying dormant for over three years, folks started to look into Santorum and his record on homosexual issues. During the digging, a gay rights blog, PageOneQ, uncovered the fact that Robert Traynham, Santorum’s Director of Communications, was an “out” gay man. Apparently, PageOneQ decided that this man’s sexual orientation was news to be shared with the world. Santorum quickly responded to the article and came to his aide’s support.

The editor of PageOneQ, Mike Rogers, has said that he’s “interested in exposing people, regardless of party, who are gay and enabling anti-gay politicians to deny us basic civil rights.”

My question is: Who is being more respectful of Mr. Traynham’s rights?

Is it the “anti-gay” and “homophobic” Santorum. Or gay “rights” activist Rogers?

You be the judge.

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One Response to “Things that make you go hmmmm…”

  1. Sandi Says:

    As I understand it, the vast majority of the gay rights community is very much against the practice of “outing” closeted folks, even when they are political opponents. I would interpret this occurrence as the unfortunate action of someone at the fringe, rather than the center, of the gay rights movement. After all, none of us wants to be automatically allied with every act of everyone who calls herself a … Christian, Republican, Democrat, sports fan, etc.

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