Is Lindsey Graham Gay? Senator Denies He is a Homosexual, but Rumors Persist
Is Lindsey Graham Gay? Senator Denies He is a Homosexual, but Rumors Persist
Anti-Immigration Leader Latest to Gay-Bait South Carolina Senator; Says Graham's Being Blackmailed
Graham was the sole Republican on the Judiciary Committee to vote for Kagan. Among the more salacious-minded, Graham's respect for both ElenaKagan and Barack Obama -- he stated during theSonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings that the Senate should defer to the President's choice of a Supreme Court justice as "elections matter" -- is not a form of professional courtesy, that of one lawyer and political moderate to another, but a form of log-rolling between two closeted homosexuals.
New York Times
The rumors are so pervasive that Lindsey Graham recently made public statement that he is not gay, most recently to the New York Times, which ran an in-depth article about him.
"I know it's really gonna upset a lot of gay men, Graham was quoted by the Times," I'm sure hundreds of 'em are gonna be jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge - but I ain't available. I ain't gay. Sorry."The article portrayed Graham as a maverick not afraid to buck his own Republican Party to try to forge alliances with Democrats. In that, he is walking in the foot steps of his good friend John McCain, a two-fisted, coarse-at-times macho man whom nobody has ever accused of being light in the loafers. In the topsy-turvy world of the Internet rumor mill, the fact that macho McCain and the effete Graham are pals gives credence to contentions that Lindsey is gay. Do opposites attract?
Macho man McCain recently put up a stalwart defense of his friend, who was attacked by an anti-immigrant political action committee for his bipartisan stand on immigration reform. Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC) head Willian Gheen, in a speech at a Tea Party rally, claimed that Graham is trying to find common ground with the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats on immigration reform as he's being blackmailed over his homosexuality.
Lindsey Graham famously denied he was gay to GQ Magazine back in 2006, and his office referred reporters to that article rather than issue their own statement on Gheen's charges. In the GQ article, Graham said he hoped to one day get married (to a woman) and have children.
Now, the issue having been broached and apparently answered in the negative in the New York Timeshas given fresh ammunition to gay-baiting right-wing Graham bashers, who really are more upset with his center-right policies than his sexual orientation. That Graham is being "bearded" by the country's newspaper of record that conservatives and reactionaries find unbearably liberal and the voice of the left-wing Establishment is further proof that he gay and in cahoots with the Devil.
The irony is on the one issue that his sexual orientation might matter, that of gay rights, he is a rock-ribbed conservative. Of course, to some -- those who want Lindsey Graham to be gay -- that is proof that he is a deeply closeted, self-loathing queer.
Lindsey Graham is the senior Senator from South Carolina, first elected in the year 2002 and then re-elected in 2008. He is not up for election until in 2014, so may be a Presidential candidate in 2012. Before entering the Senate, he served four terms in Congress representing South Carolina's Third Congressional District.
As both a Congressman and Senator, Graham has been hostile to gay rights. He voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 when was in the house, and for the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 as a Senator. In the period of 1995 to 2008, his rating from the Human Rights Campaign, a prominent gay rights group, was zero, although he did get a rating of 9% in 1999.
Many homosexuals like to portray so-called straights who are hostile to gay rights as closeted queens who are afraid of their own sexuality. These deeply repressed individuals are relentlessly homophobic as loosening up would force them to confront their own homosexuality, potentially shattering their psyche.
It's a kind of Psych 101 bargain basement Freudianism that has been given credence by the revelations of certain public gay bashers actually having been gay. Thus, someone like Lindsey Graham, with his courtly, soft-spoken manners (that seem stereotypically effeminate) and his never having been married to woman or publicly dated a member of the opposite sex is open to the charge, when voting down gay rights, "Methinks the lady doth protest too much."
No Barney Frank
This is a question conservatives and reactionaries want an answer to, for whatever reason. The question was the title of a post on a Rand Paul Web Site in 2009, which re-published a good chunk of an article from the Charleston City Paper addressing the subject. The writer seems to think it was, though he doesn't make a case for why it should matter other than it might lead to his resignation from the Senate, like the near-miss by U.S. Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) had after being busted in a men's room soliciting gay sex. (Craig, who had a year left on his term, reneged on his vow to resign after being outed as a "toilet trader." He did not stand for reelection.)
ALIPAC leader William Gheen made his charge at a Tea Party rally in Greenville, South Carolina in April 2010. Gheen told the crowd that homosexuality is "a secret that Lindsey Graham has."
He went on to say, "I hope this secret isn't being used as leverage over Senator Graham, so today I think Senator Graham, you need to come forward and tell people about your alternative lifestyle and your homosexuality."
In a further kick-in-the-pants to South Carolina's senior senator, he compared him unfavorably to gay Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts, a bug-a-boo of conservatives and bigots (and a damn Yankee to boot!).
"Barney Frank is more honest and brave than you," Gheen said.The public "outing" was followed up by a press release re-asserting Gheen's charge that Graham's moderate politics is the result of his being blackmailed over his alleged homosexuality. (Graham also is considered mainstream on the issues of the treatment of enemy prisoners in the war on terror -- he served as a lawyer in the U.S. Air Force and is a colonel in the U.S.A.F. Reserve -- and on climate change, as well as on the Supreme Court.) Though Gheen generally was ignored by the mainstream media as a buffoon, the press release did have national consequences.
John McCain to the Rescue
Lindsey Graham's friend John McCain of Arizona, a one-time proponent of a moderate immigration policy, is locked in a tough reelection campaign due to a stiff challenge from the right. McCain has had to tack starboard as anti-illegal immigration sentiment is intense in the Grand Canyon State and led to the passage of the controversial "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act."
McCain attempted to capitalize on the Graham brouhaha to bash his opponent in the Republican primary. He attacked his opponent for the Republican nomination, U.S. Representative J.D. Hayworth, for not cutting his link to ALIPAC after Gheen. McCain spokesman Brian Rogers issued a statement ABC News that bashed both men.
"It's unfortunate that Congressman Hayworth's fetish with the extreme fringe continues," the statement read . "Is Congressman Hayworth really so desperate to show any support for his candidacy that he would continue to embrace the support of a group that's been linked to white supremacists, neo-Nazis and anti-Semites - even after his spokesman 'strongly repudiated' ALIPAC's President?"
The statement went on to say, "From his close embrace of Mr. Gheen and ALIPAC, to peddling conspiracy theories about the President's birth certificate and man-horse marriage, Congressman Hayworth has made clear that he feels most comfortable on the extreme fringe."
The irony is, it is in the case of William Gheen and J.D. Hayworth, not military and U.S. Senate veterans Lindsey Graham and John McCain, that the old political maxim "Politics makes strange bedfellows" is indubitably true.
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