Anti-Gay Republican Politician Caught Having Affair w/ His Cousin
Well this story certainly has some twist and turns! Republican Tennessee state senator Joey Hensley has sponsored various pieces of anti-gay legislation and has campaigned on a "family values" platform, but that apparently hasn't stopped him from having a sexual affair with his married cousin, Lori.
And have we mentioned that Hensley is a doctor and his cousin, Lori Barber, is a part-time nurse in his practice and he's been prescribing her drugs? Sounds like a potential ethics violation.
Lori Barber and her husband are currently in the midst of divorce proceedings and The Nashville Scene has the dirt!
“It’s not still ongoing,” Hensley said Monday night. “That was several months ago, years ago. I didn’t break any laws. I’m not married, I’m divorced. … And nothing happened while I was married. … She didn’t leave because of me, it wasn’t because of me. We’ve been friends for 30 years or more. She’s related to me, but she’s been a friend too.”
But Lori Barber is not just a friend or a cousin or a lover — she is also Hensley’s patient. Barber testified in court that Hensley is her only doctor other than a cardiologist, and that she relies on him for recurrent Botox injections. She also said he has regularly prescribed her the hydrocodone-acetaminophen pill Lortab — a Schedule II controlled substance — for “chronic back pain,” which she said Hensley first diagnosed after she hurt her neck.
According to The Nashville Scene:
Hensley gained national notoriety in 2012 as a sponsor of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would have banned public school teachers from even mentioning that homosexuality exists. During one hearing that year, Hensley commented, “I don’t think Modern Family is appropriate for children to watch” — because it features a married gay couple raising children. This session, Hensley is sponsoring a bill from the Tennessee Family Action Council that would make children created using donor sperm illegitimate — an attempt to make it harder for gay and lesbian parents to establish paternity. He is also a sponsor of the so-called “Milo Bill,” aimed at liberal practices on college campuses.
Maybe clean up your own house first, Senator.
(H/T: LGBTQ Nation)