Anti-gay activist tells Patrick McHenry to come out

Hate website operator also targets California rep, Florida governor and potential Supreme Court pick

An anti-gay activist known for his wild and exaggerated accounts of leather festivals and other LGBT Pride events is demanding politicians whose sexuality is questioned to answer: “Are (or were) you a practicing homosexual?”

In the past, Rep. Patrick McHenry (N.C.-10) has come under scrutiny for his questioned sexuality and harsh, anti-gay political statements and positions.

In the past, Rep. Patrick McHenry (N.C.-10) has come under scrutiny for his questioned sexuality and harsh, anti-gay political statements and positions.

Peter LaBarbera, who operates the recently named hate group website Americans for Truth About Homosexuality and says he is the founder of “Republicans for Family Values,” is targeting potential Supreme Court pick Elena Kagan, Republican Rep. David Dreier, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and North Carolina’s 10th District’s Rep. Patrick McHenry.

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“In an era of ubiquitous pro-gay messages and pop culture celebration of homosexuality, it’s ridiculous that constituents should be left guessing as to whether a judicial nominee or politician has a special, personal interest in homosexuality,” LaBarbera said in a release. “Speculation is rife over whether potential Supreme Court nominee and Solicitor General Elena Kagan is a practicing lesbian. Kagan has a radical pro-homosexual record, including fighting to keep military recruiters off the Harvard campus because the military bars homosexuals. So Americans certainly have a right to know if her activism is driven by deeply personal motivations that could undermine her fairness as a judge.”

In 2007, California’s Dreier was outed by LGBT activists. He later announced his support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. McHenry has been the target of outing activist Mike Rogers as well as activists within his own state. [Ed. Note — While a student, this writer covered rumors regarding McHenry’s sexuality on his personal blog.]

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“McHenry is getting married in June, but that does not settle the question, as there is a history of ‘closeted’ homosexuals entering into sham marriages to cover up their illicit lifestyle, according to LaBarbera,” the release read.

LaBarbera concluded, “We appeal to Kagan, McHenry, Dreier, Crist, and all potential ‘hiding-in-the-closet’ politicians or appointees to answer the question: ‘Are (or were) you a practicing homosexual or do you consider yourself homosexual (gay)?’ Homosexuals’ privacy interests simply do not outweigh the public’s right to know about potential conflicts-of-interest in the lives of their representatives and judges.”

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.