Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois, GOP closet case with all the correct anti-gay tickets punched (opposed DADT repeal, supports federal “marriage amendment”, opposed Shepard/Byrd hate crimes law, opposes DOMA repeal, Zero rating from HRC) was carefully outed by
CBS/Logo gay anchor journalist and TMZ employee Itay Hod.
Let me quote a little of Hod’s post on Facebook:
Here’s a hypothetical: what if you know a certain GOP congressman, let’s just say from Illinois, is gay… and you know this because one of your friends, a journalist for a reputable network, told you in no uncertain terms that he caught that GOP congressman and his male roommate in the shower… together. now they could have been good friends just trying to conserve water. but there’s more. what if this congressman has also been caught by tmz cameras trolling gay bars. now what if you know that this very same guy, the darling of the gop, has also voted against repeal of don’t ask don’t tell, opposed the repeal of doma, is against gay marriage; and for the federal marriage amendment, which would add language to the us constitution banning gay marriage and would likely strike down every gay rights law and ordinance in the country?
Are we still not allowed to out him?
John Aravosis compares the “private zone” Aaron Schock appears to be permitted with that of other politicians, around sexual behavior — and even their own religion as well:
Presumably reporters hide sexual orientation because the person in question doesn’t want it revealed. But since when is that dispositive in determining what the media does and does’t report about someone? I’m sure Anthony Weiner and Elliot Spitzer both didn’t want facts about their private lives reported, but they were reported anyway because the media felt the stories were both newsworthy and relevant to the politicians’ jobs.
Or how about the fact that former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is Jewish. The Washington Post had no problem digging into Albright’s past and finding out something about her that even she was not aware: that her parents were Jewish. I am certain that in some circles that fact opens Albright up to a certain amount of scorn. But the Post didn’t bury the story, they printed it.
Once upon a time, it was dangerous for anyone to find out that you are gay in America. In many parts of the country, and many professions, that time has past. But, the danger still remains in some quarters and in some ways. Which brings us back to Aaron Schock.
Finally, a review of Schock’s actual record:
Ever since he was elected to Congress, Aaron Schock gladly partook in, and fed, the Republican party’s virulent homophobia:
– Schock voted against adding sexual orientation to the already-existing hate crimes law.
– Schock voted against the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
– Schock opposes the repeal of DOMA.
– Schock is against gay marriage; and
– Schock is for the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would add language to the US Constitution banning gay marriage and likely striking down every gay rights law and ordinance in the country.
So to the degree that the Republican party, and Republican voters, would punish Aaron Schock were he to come out as openly gay, part of the blame for the GOP’s ire goes to Aaron Schock himself, who has been happy to feed the party’s culture of homophobia.
JMG reader Michael reports that Schock today made his Instagram account private. Previously the account was open to all, including non-members. Read into this as you will.
Horse, barn door. Or, in this case, Rainbow Unicorn, closet door.
UPDATE: Howie Klein tweets:
Howie Klein @downwithtyranny 31m
GOP leaders say they will accept Aaron Schock’s gay closet thing “as long as he’s like David Dreier or Jim McCrery & not like Mark Foley”
So, Aaron Schock is a closeted heterosexual?
(Note: Itay Hod has not worked for CBS for two years.)