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Will Conservatives Be the Ones to Out Anti-Gay Sen. Lindsey Graham?


Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Republican from South Carolina who supported 2006’s constitutional gay marriage ban effort, has long been rumored to be a homogay. Sometimes people even confront him about it in hallways. And now, the Tea Party is doing it.

An as-yet unidentified speaker Americans for Legal Immigration PAC’s William Gheen at a rally last week in Greenville, South Carolina, told the crowd: “Barney Frank has been more honest and brave than you. At least we know about Barney Frank, nobody’s going to hold it over his head.”

Graham has long maintained an uneasy relationship even among conservatives in his home state. But if this trend continues, we’ll have the conservatives who are supposed to be the ones re-electing Graham attacking him instead. About his alleged sexuality.

As a lawmaker who’s consistently voted against gay rights, we’ve got no problem outing Graham if he is gay — to show his hypocrisy. But it’s a terrible world when any voter will go after a politician’s sexuality as a reason why they are ineffective on unrelated policy matters, like regulating Wall Street or health care reform.

[Digby, Salon]