Was An Anti-Gay Tea Party Congressman From Nebraska Just Outed?
Michael Rogers, "the most feared man in Washington," continues to make good on his summertime promise to out three anti-gay members of Congress. On Monday, Rogers, an openly gay blogger with a perfect track record of outing anti-gay politicians (Larry Craig and Mark Foley, to name a few), turned his attention to Sen. John Barrasso from Wyoming.
On Tuesday, however, he was already implying that he had moved on to his next target.
Surprising that we have not heard from @RepAdrianSmith during the health care debate. Is he hiding in a closet somewhere?
— Michael Rogers (@MichaelRogersDC) September 30, 2013
The tweet is clear enough, but when asked to expand on the meaning, Rogers declined. "My tweets stand on their own."
Even if you disregard the innuendo in the tweet, Smith's voting history aligns with Michael's June pledge to out three vehemently anti-gay Congressmen.
Smith voted against ENDA in 2007. He voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) this year, which included provisions for “underserved populations” including sexual minorities and Native Americans. Smith even voted against the VAWA last year — two years in a row.
Rep. Smith even voted to prohibit the use of any federal funds to support same-sex marriages on military installations. So, if, say, an officer in the Navy wanted to marry her same-sex partner in Groton, Connecticut, where the subs are, Smith would want to ensure that even a janitor would not be paid by the U.S. government to mop the floor after an on-base or onboard wedding.
Congressman Smith certainly has earned his zero rating from HRC. Every chance possible, he voted against repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and against the Hate Crimes Bill.
Though a majority of the community would take issue with the casual outing of prolific closeted personalities (Perez Hilton took a lot of gay flack for such a thing), is Rogers' work acceptable?