He comes out of the closet, admits to having an affair, announces his resignation, and is accused of sexual harassment by his former director of homeland security--all in a matter of days. On top of it all, he may have attempted to bribe the man accusing him of sexual harassment.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised. It isn't unheard of for politicians to abuse their power, no matter what their sexual orientation. The conservatives have used this as evidence for their argument that "homosexuality is destroying the institution of marriage," which also irks me.
This really disturbs me because rarely do openly gay people appear in the news as model citizens or role models, or that sort of thing. Come to think of it, openly gay people rarely appear in the media at all (unless they're on Queer Eye). Gay people get far too little exposure for all of it to be bad like this.
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But why come out in the middle of a scandal? What's the purpose of that? Did he sexually harass someone because of his orientation? Does who someone's attracted to have anything whatsoever to do with their morals?
There are a ton of good, honest, kind gay people out there, just as there are good, honest, straight people, but when someone's receiving attention for a good deed, their sexual orientation really isn't relevant. Same for people who do bad things. If newspapers talked about how a gay man saved kittens from a burning building, or how a heterosexual woman started her own business, it might seem that the queer population was more fairly represented, but the tendency to assume someone's hetereosexual unless you've been told otherwise is popping up here too.
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actually, the NJ conservatives I've discussed this with (and there's quite a few out there) assert that the big issue is NOT the man's sexual orientation. It's that he was corrupt and was involved in some money scandals when this harrassment thing came to a head. Saying he's leaving because he's been outed is a much easier way out than saying he's leaving because he's an alleged money-laundering crook. That, and there's sympathy for the gay man who loses his job because of his orientation. There's no sympathy for the same man if he's been pilfering the petty cash.
This did something that was severely wrong. His being gay has nothing to do with it. No matter what side of the gay rights issue your on, he did some very evil things. So instead of turning this into a civil rights issue, lets prosecute this man for his illegal activities.
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