Skip to comments.IT?S OUTING SEASON! (Has Sen. Barbara Mikulski, been outed?)
Posted on 07/07/2004 11:39:03 AM PDT by carlo3b
ITS OUTING SEASON! (Has Sen. Barbara Mikulski, just been outed?)
Ready for the federal marriage amendment?
By Michelangelo Signorile
As the July 12 date nears for a vote on the federal marriage amendment, an outing panic has gripped Washington's political and media circles. Some gay activists have vowed to expose those closeted members of Congress who are supporting the amendment, as well as the closeted gay staffers of any member backing it. And it's not only right-wing Republicans who should be on notice. After initially indicating that she would vote against the constitutional amendment that would make gays and lesbians into second-class citizens, Sen. Barbara Mikulski's opposition to the amendment appears to have gone into the closet: Now that a vote is near, the Maryland Democratwho is up for reelection in Novemberis suddenly not returning reporters' phone calls seeking her intentions on the vote, nor is she issuing any statements on the matter.
Mikulski's position on same-sex marriage isn't the only thing in her closet: The sexual orientation of the forever-unmarried 67-year-old has been an open secret for many years. But Mikulski has apparently always worried about what her working-class Democratic base in Maryland might think of her sexual orientation, making her irrationally petrified of ever discussing it (except to make heterosexual allusions).
These fears have made Mikulski less than a champion of gay rights, perhaps lest anyone think she might be gay herself. Back in the 80s, when Mikulski was first running for the Senate, the Republicans brought in as her opponent none other than the nasty anti-feminist Linda Chavezthe columnist and pundit who years later would drop out as George W. Bush's Labor Secretary nominee amid a scandal over her having paid her housekeeper off the books. During the Senate campaign, Chavez engaged in her own bit of gay-baiting, accusing Mikulski of being a "San Francisco-style Democrat" who should come "out of the closet." She also attacked Mikulski for hiring an Australian feminist academic, Teresa Mary Brennan, as a congressional aide in 1981, and went after Mikulski for supporting the Equal Rights Amendment, charging that the ERA would "open up the whole question of homosexual marriage."
It had been widely reported that Brennan, at the time of her employment, was living with Mikulski at her Fells Point home for two months. Chavez's campaign manager told reporters that in the final two weeks of the campaign, tv commercials would focus on Mikulski's relationship with Brennan. Mikulski's response was to go gaga over a hunky guy at a campaign event.
"Are you single?" the short, squat Mikulski asked a body shop owner in the crowd. "Give me a call after the election. I won't be so busy then."
(As far as I'm concerned, Mikulski opened up her private life that day, implying that she certainly had a sexual orientation, though trying to make us believe it was of the heterosexual variety.)
Mikulski won the election by a wide margin, but she learned that she'd always be gay-baited, so it was perhaps best to vote against gays. This strategy seemed to culminate in 1996 when Mikulski voted in favor of the wretched Defense of Marriage Act, incurring the wrath of gay activists. At a Barnes & Noble in Chelsea that yearpromoting a mystery novel she'd co-written, called Capitol OffenseMikulski was confronted by several gay activists and journalists, including me.
(Excerpt) Read more at nypress.com ...
Gay activist threaten to protect Gay Marriage, by "OUTING GAYS IN CONGRESS"
GOOD! Out them all, it's time to clean House and Senate!!
Hopefully her orientation is monosexual...
PLEASE OPEN THE CLOSET DOOR, AND LET THE LIGHT SHINE IN..
I believe this desicable action qualifies as extortion and blackmail under most criminal laws. Where is John Ashcroft when we need him.
On that I couldn't agree more.. LOL
I really, REALLY didn't need to see that.
She looks like a toad.
Where'd you get the flattering pic of Babs? That's the best she's looked in years!
She looks more like a "pat" than a dyke.
My heart is breaking. I mean, it IS an explanation for why she's spurned my affectionate overtures, but to think that she and I will never know eachother as man and short, squat woman, may be too much to take... Owl_Eagle " WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
DIVERSITY IS STRENGTH"
" WAR IS PEACE
These folks are going to threaten until they do it.. SO BE IT.. It's not blackmail unless it's only a threat.. I say OUT THEM..
From her campaign website. It's pretty pathetic that her own staffers couldn't come up with a better picture than that.
Was there a 5 yr old in a remote corner of Nebraska who didn't know her 'orientation'? (No offense to Nebraskans.) She has a rather noticeable vibe. That's about as 'shocking' as Rosie O'donut coming out. They must be getting desperate in the D'Uh party, if they are 'outing' senators to try and muster voters. Barf.
Whoa. If her "working class" constituency is in the dark about her sexuality, just looking at her tells me her constiuency is either blind, deaf or dumb... or all three.
Either way.....she's ugly.
Discussing any aspect of her sexuality makes my stomach turn.
In the abstract, the sexuality and practices of any 67 year old lesbian is an unsettling visual.. Yowsah..
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