Another Self-Loathing Republican Comes Out – Oh My!Ken Mehlman

Commentary by Sam Catalano
We now learn the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, and Bush’s 2004 campaign manager, Ken Mehlman, is gay. Quelle surprise!

So what are we to think about his coming out? According to GOProud’s Christopher Barron, “I applaud Ken for having the courage to take this important step.” FYI, GOProud is the new conservative gay Republican organization that now gets the quotes on CNN.


There are those who say that Ken’s and Roy Ashburn’s coming out is a part of the “better late than never” philosophy and “isn’t it good when folks come out” contingent.

Okay, sure. Big Kiss. Turn the other cheek, blessed are the…”

For those of you who have read or heard my opinions before (in Outword and on TV on Being Gay Today), what I am about to say will come as no surprise. Excuse me while I puke.

My reaction was less supportive. I am from the “May all self-loathing closeted gay Republicans who actively participate in the demonization of and war against gays and lesbians and their families” burn in hell forever.

I think Ken and Roy and ad infinitum are the lowest form of life, the most vile of hypocrites, the most destructive, mean, immoral and hateful people whom I must acknowledge as being gay.

Ken stated he just recently figured it out. Give me a break. He knew, as did Roy. The issue is - how did they deal with what they knew?

I certainly know it can be hard to come out – I was in my 30s. But in my mind there is a difference between knowing and keeping silent (or telling the usual lies) and actively engaging in all sorts of activities that do great harm to your fellow gays and lesbians.

As Republicans, of course they had to be opposed to any recognition of the legitimacy of gay relationships – no domestic partner benefits, no visiting your partner in the hospital, no support for gay kids. No to hate crime laws that include homosexuality.

Yes to all the abomination, god’s punishment, god hates gays religious preaching at all Republican events, prayer breakfasts and conventions.

The damage they did. The hurt they gave because they not only couldn’t come out, but because they had to “play” along, to bow their heads, to vote the hateful party line.
We are not talking about silence equals consent – we are talking about actively participating in the cultural war against me, my husband, my children, my friends.


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