Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Colorado Pastor and anti-gay activist Ted Haggard

Haggard actively lobbied against gay rights and supported the same-sex marriage ban in Colorado. He also taught that homosexuality was a sin. In 2006, he was outed by a rent boy (Mike Jones) with whom Haggard had sex (and purchased and used crystal meth) for three years. Male companion Mike Jones made the allegations public in response to Haggard's political support for a Colorado Amendment 43 on the November 7, 2006 Colorado ballot that would ban same-sex marriage in that state. Jones told ABC News, "I had to expose the hypocrisy. He is in the position of influence of millions of followers, and he's preaching against gays. But behind everybody's back [he's] doing what he's preached against." He still won't admit that he's gay...he says he's "heterosexual with issues."

Former Washington State Republican Congressman Richard Curtis

On October 30, 2007, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported that Curtis and a twenty-six year old man named Cody Castagna - who previously had posed for gay pornography - met at an adult bookstore, and that they later had sex in a local hotel room. Curtis was also alleged to have been seen previously and on that occasion clad in women's clothing, wearing them underneath his own. According to the police statement from Curtis, Castagna attempted to extort money from Curtis after the encounter, in return for not revealing his "gay lifestyle" to his family. Based on this statement, Curtis brought formal extortion charges against Castagna. Further investigation by the Spokane Police Department revealed the details of the incident. Castagna has denied all accusations of the extortion, which is a Class B felony. A statement by his lawyer asserted that, "This is an extremely low-level situation that's being blown out of proportion by somebody who is trying to save themselves." The lawyer stated further that "this guy (Castagna) didn't do anything wrong - at that level, anyway." Curtis first denied having had sex with the man, contradicting his own statements to police.

While a member of the Washington House, Curtis voted against a bill that banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and against same-sex domestic partnerships. After an encounter involving a gay porn star, Curtis resigned from office.

Former U.S. Congressman Ed Schrock

Born in Middletown, Ohio, Schrock earned a Bachelors degree from Alderson-Broaddus College in 1964 and a Masters Degree in Public Relations from American University in 1975. His 24 year career as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy (1964 to 1988) included two tours of duty in Vietnam. After retiring from active military service, Schrock worked as an investment broker and then served in the Virginia State Senate from 1995 to 2001. In his time in the House, Schrock staunchly opposed same-sex marriage and gays in the military. In 2004, he was caught on tape soliciting a male prostitute and dropped out of the race for his third Congressional term.

Former Florida Congressman Bob Allen

Allen supported the Florida ban on gays adopting children and enhanced penalties for "unnatural and lascivious acts." In 2007, he was arrested for offering an undercover cop $20 for oral sex in a men's bathroom. He resigned from the Florida House a week later

California State Senator Roy Ashburn

Ashburn has voted against every single gay rights measure before him since taking office. In March he was arrested for a DUI leaving a gay night club with a male companion. He's since come out of the closet, but maintains an anti-gay voting record in the Senate.

Former U.S. Senator Larry Craig

Larry Edwin Craig is a former Republican politician from the U.S. state of Idaho. He served eighteen years in the U.S. Senate (1991-2009), preceded by ten years in the U.S. House, representing Idaho's first district (1981-91). His 28 years in the Congress rank as the second-longest in Idaho history, trailing only William Borah, who served over 32 years in the Senate. In addition to serving in Congress, Craig has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association since 1983. Craig has also been selected for induction into the Idaho Hall of Fame. Although he was selected in March 2007, the announcement was made in October 2007.

Allegations of cocaine use and sex with male teenage congressional pages by unnamed congressmen were pursued by investigators and journalists in 1982. Craig issued a statement denying involvement. Craig stated "Persons who are unmarried as I am, by choice or by circumstance, have always been the subject of innuendos, gossip and false accusations. I think this is despicable." Craig served on the House Ethics Committee. In 1989 Craig was reported to have led an extended effort that pushed for more severe punishment of Representative Barney Frank for his involvement in a gay prostitution scandal.

Craig supported a federal ban on same-sex marriage, and voted against changing the federal definition of hate crimes to include sexual orientation. In 2007, his "wide stance" got him arrested for lewd conduct at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and pled guilty. To this day, Craig and his wife maintain his heterosexuality.

Former U.S. Congressman Mark Foley

Mark Adam Foley, retired Republican polictian, now resides in Palm Beach Florida and is a real estate agent. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 until 2006, representing the 16th District of Florida.

Perhaps one of the most infamous hypocritical activists, Foley spearheaded the effort to protect Americans against sexual predators. It turned out that he had been sending sexually explicit emails and IMs to (and alleged sexual liaisons with) several teenaged Congressional pages.

Foley resigned from Congress on September 29, 2006, acting on a request by Republican Leadership after allegations surfaced that he had sent suggestive emails and sexually explicit instant messages to teenage males who had formerly served and were at that time serving as Congressional pages. As a result of the disclosures, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducted investigations of the messages to find possible criminal charges. Each ended with no criminal finding. In the case of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the “FDLE conducted as thorough and comprehensive investigation as possible considering Congress and Mr. Foley denied us access to critical data,” said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey with the closure of the case. The House Ethics Committee also conducted an investigation into the response of the House Republican leadership and their staff to possible earlier warnings of Foley's conduct.

Former Spokane (WA) Mayor Jim West

West opposed gays and lesbians working in schools & daycare centers, and even opposed a bill that barred government distribution of pamphlets to help people protect themselves from HIV and AIDS. In 2005, he was investigated for sexual abuse against minor boys and offering unpaid internships to men in exchange for sex. He was recalled from office.

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