Sunday, November 12, 2006

List of Gay Republican Leaders Grows

According to the GLLIN:

Social Conservatives Questioning Past Support for GOP as Evidence of Large Numbers of Gay Republican Leaders Grows (Washington, D.C.) - Mike Rogers, a leading gay activist blogger, last week took his campaign against hypocrisy by anti-gay Republicans and evangelicals who are gay themselves to the U.S. Capitol steps.
Under a full moon in front of the Capitol dome, at a prayer vigil organized by the Christian Defense Coalition "to put men and women in office that will honor God and the principles of this nation," Rogers handed out flyers with a list of 27 "known homosexuals in the Bush administration and Republican party."

On the leaflets was a version of an open letter that Rogers sent over 900 conservative Christian pastors on Friday, bearing a picture of Republican National Committee Ken Mehlman and saying that "a staggering number of leaders claim to support 'family values' in public, but secretly lead what many social conservatives call the 'homosexual lifestyle.'"
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney first told Rogers to stop leafleting, and when he did not, took the microphone to tell the crowd not to take the leaflets and keep praying.

Rogers said, "I think that social conservative voters should be told by someone just how gay the Republican leadership is. I know I'm an unlikely messenger, but I think that upon reflection, social conservative leaders will at least agree that closeted gay politicians should be straight with the public about who they are, and let the political chips fall where they may."
The event was covered by WTTG-TV, the Fox affiliate in Washington, D.C., which led its 11 p.m. news broadcast with a report on the confrontation between Rogers and Mahoney. A link to the report appears on Rogers' blog at

Two weeks ago, Rogers released what became one of the most-watched videos on YouTube, an ad parody about Mehlman's hypocrisy. Mehlman marshalled social conservatives in the GOP's vaunted "72-hour strategy" to drive conservative voter turnout against the "pro-homosexual agenda" in the midterm elections this past Tuesday. However, Mehlman deflected a question about his own sexual identity as recently as three weeks ago on camera.
Mahoney put out a news release the Wednesday before the election saying, "If Republicans lose the House or Senate, they only have themselves to blame. They have failed to energize and empower faith and value voters which provide a critical base of support... Many evangelicals I have talked with feel used and taken for granted."

Rogers in the open letter on his leaflets said, "At the top of the Republican party, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman still refuses to answer reports that he leads a 'homosexual lifestyle.' Because of my work on this subject, I can provide you the truth that no one else will tell you."


Anonymous kevin said...

first visit...i will reserve judgment for now

11/18/2006 12:23 AM  

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