Hypocrisy abounds, as these eight anti-gay lawmakers and activists were caught engaging in homosexual acts.
“Methinks thou dost protest too much.” This (slightly paraphrased) Shakespeare quote demonstrates the lengths that anti-gay lawmakers and activists sometimes go to in order to hide their own sexuality.
There have been numerous people advocating for vehemently anti-gay legislation, who, as it turns out, were willing participants in homosexual behavior. Ranker listed 16 of these persons, and I’ve pulled the eight which I believe highlight the inherent hypocrisy of these stances.
A Baptist minister and leading anti-gay activist, George Rekers is a psychologist and was a prominent leader among the Christian-right. Going so far as to publish a book in the 80s titled Growing Up Straight: What Families Should Know About Homosexuality, the co-founder of the Family Research Council was caught red-handed in 2010 hiring a gay prostitute to accompany him in his travels.
Embarking on a lecture tour while recovering from a recent surgery, Rekers claimed he was unable to lift his luggage, and in searching for help, he hired a male named “Lucien” from Rentboy.com. Rentboy, if you don’t want to click the link, is a website that advertises gay male escorts. Rekers denied knowing that he had hired a male escort – who was gay and a prostitute – but profiles on the site are private, and it’s not something one would just stumble upon.
Lucien, whose profile on Rentboy boasts of his *ahem* large appendage, admitted to having sex with Rekers a few months after the story initially broke.
Embroiled in this scandal, it also came to light that Reker had performed experimental therapy on children as young as five. Ridding young boys of exaggerated feminine behavior with psychological and physical punishments and rewards, he believed he could alter sexual orientation. Tragically, one of those boys grew up and took his own life – which some believe was inherently linked to the therapy he received.
Leader of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Pastor Ted (as he was known to his flock) was caught in 2006 when his masseur/prostitute came forward and claimed that Haggard had been paying him for sex for three years. In addition, the former president of the National Association of Evangelicals had also been purchasing crystal methamphetamine from Mike Jones – the aforementioned masseur/prostitute.
Haggard eventually admitted to sexual immorality and stepped down as leader of his mega-church. Shortly after, he came forward and conceded to a relationship with a second man.
A supporter of banning same-sex marriage, Haggard underwent three-weeks of intensive counseling and is now “completely heterosexual.”
Glenn Murphy Jr.
Once a rising star in the Republican Party who held “family values” views on sexual orientation, Glenn Murphy Jr. not only engaged in homosexuality, but did so in a non-consensual manner.
After a private Republican gathering held in a home in the small town of Utica, Ind., Murphy was accused of performing fellatio on 22-year-old man against his will.
This was the second time Murphy had been accused of sexual assault against a male (charges were never filed in the first case), and the former head of the Clark County Republican Party and the Young Republican National Federation was sentenced to six years in prison in 2008. He was released in 2010 and was forced to register as a sex offender.
Perhaps the most prominent and powerful legislator on this list, former Congressman David Dreier (R-CA) had a history of voting against same-sex marriage and gay adoption rights in his 32 years as a member of the House of Representatives.
Speculations about Dreier’s sexuality were always present, as well as accusations of having sex with staff members and residing with his male chief of staff – who was paid an unusually high salary.
In 2005 Dreier nearly became majority leader of the House, but was dismissed by the far-right members of his party who claimed his views were “too moderate.” When asked about Dreier’s being passed over for the job for being too moderate, (now former) Rep. Barney Frank, (D-MA) an openly-gay man, said “Yes, in the sense that I marched in the moderate pride parade last summer and went to a moderate bar.”
Dreier retired from Congress in 2013.
Bruce Barclay spent five years as chairman of the Cumberland County commissioners in the state of Pennsylvania. Believing homosexuality to be a sin and unnatural, the Republican was accused of rape in 2007.
While investigating the rape accusation hundreds of sex tapes were recovered after a search warrant was issued for Barclay’s home. The tapes featured Barclay having sex with a male prostitute he had hired, as well as other men engaged in sexual activity in his residence who were filmed without their knowledge. (He was eventually cleared of the rape charge).
In 2010 Barclay was found guilty of these infractions plus a third count of installing spyware to secretly monitor another man’s email and Internet activity. Pennlive reported that he was sentenced to 9 months of electronic monitoring, about 8 years’ probation, $18,000 in fines, 200 hours of community service, and had to have a psychological evaluation.
Barclay acknowledged wrongdoing, stating before he was sentenced “I sincerely apologize to the people involved and ask for their forgiveness and apologize to the people who look up to me, for my bad decisions.”
“I realize I’ve done wrong,” he said. “I’m ready to get this chapter closed and behind me so I can continue to contribute to the betterment of this community.”
Barclay resigned as chairman in 2008 when the rape allegations were made.
Former Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) is another lawmaker with a history of championing anti-gay legislation. One of the senators who enacted the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy; he was also a supporter of the Federal marriage Amendment, which banned same-sex marriage, and received a zero rating from the Human Rights Campaign during his 18 year tenure in the Senate.
Craig was arrested in 2007 for soliciting a plainclothes police officer for sex in a bathroom at the Minneapolis-St.Paul airport. Investigating complaints of lewd behavior, including the exchange of money for sex, the officer took Craig into custody after he entered the stall next to him and tapped his right foot. Craig also swiped his hand under the stall divider palms up three times, which is used “as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct.”
Craig initially entered a guilty plea and paid a $500 fine, but later reversed course stating “At the time of this incident, I complained to the police that they were misconstruing my actions. I was not involved in any inappropriate conduct,” Craig said. “I should have had the advice of counsel in resolving this matter. In hindsight, I should not have pled guilty. I was trying to handle this matter myself quickly and expeditiously.”
Craig claimed that he had a “wide stance,” which is why his foot tapped the undercover officer’s foot.
He signaled his intention to resign from the Senate effective September 30, but later recanted by issuing a statement refusing to resign after his attempt to withdraw his guilty plea failed.
The senator decided against running for re-election when his seat was up in 2008.
Former Republican Virginia state senator and United States representative Ed Schrock abruptly ended a bid for a third term in Congress after allegations regarding his sexuality were brought to light.
Gay activist Michael Rogers operated a website where he exposed legislators who held anti-gay views but were, according to Rogers, secretly gay themselves. He claimed on his site that Schrock, who is married and has a child, had been recorded several years earlier using a phone service that places ads to arrange rendezvous with other men.
“Why should my community protect him?” Rogers asked. “He’s the enemy.”
The hypocrisy alleged by Rogers comes from Schrock’s own words and voting record regarding gay rights. A former member of the Navy, Schrock spoke out in 2000 in favor of ending the Clinton-era “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding gays serving in the military.
“You’re in the showers with them, you’re in the bunk room with them, you’re in staterooms with them,” Schrock told the Virginian-Pilot. “You just hope no harm would come by folks who are of that persuasion. It’s a discipline thing.”
Although the allegations of Schrock’s participation in the telephone service were never proven, they were enough to have him come to the decision of ending his campaign to keep his congressional seat in 2004.
Former Indiana state representative Phillip Hinkle is yet another lawmaker who was a crusader against gay rights, voting in the affirmative for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
In 2011, emails were revealed between the Republican legislator and an 18-year-old man that Hinkle found on Craigslist. Promising to pay the young man–since named as Kameryn Gibson–up to $140 for a “really good time.” The Indianapolis Star published the correspondence between the two, in which a plan to meet at a downtown Indianapolis was detailed.
Initially refusing to resign, Hinkle said “I’m not gay.” While not denying what had transpired, he said he was “aware of a shakedown taking place.”
Gibson (whose Craigslist ad said “I need a sugga daddy”) alleges that he met with Hinkle and attempted to leave once he found out he was a state representative. Gibson also claimed that Hinkle at first wouldn’t let him leave, grabbed his rear, and and later gave him an iPod, a Blackberry and cash in the amount of $100 to keep quiet.
Hinkle said that he did make plans to meet Gibson, but denied it was for the purpose of a sexual encounter. He relayed to a local Indiana news station that while his actions were “stupid” he did not break any laws. “I don’t know what was going through my mind,” he said. “I don’t know why I did what I did.”
Hinkle eventually decided against running for re-election in the next cycle.
If you would like to see the full list of Ranker’s 16 you can do so here.