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Top Santorum Aide Outed As Gay
San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | 7/15/2005 | Steve Goldstein

Posted on 07/16/2005 12:12:46 PM PDT by gopgen

Gay-rights opponent Santorum stands by outed aide

BY STEVE GOLDSTEIN

Knight Ridder Newspapers

WASHINGTON - (KRT) - The senior spokesman for Sen. Rick Santorum, R- Pa., Friday confirmed to a web log that he is gay.

According to PageOneQ, an online gay and lesbian publication, director of communications Robert L. Traynham, said that he was an "out gay man who completely supports the senator."

Santorum, the third-ranking Republican in the Senate leadership has been an outspoken opponent of homosexual rights and a leading proponent of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Santorum, who was traveling in Pittsburgh, released the following statement:

"Robert Traynham ... is widely respected and admired on Capitol Hill, both among the press corps and among the congressional staff, as a communications professional. Not only is Mr. Traynham an exemplary staffer, but he is also a trusted friend confidente to me and my family. Mr. Traynham is a valued member of my staff and I regret that this effort on behalf of people who oppose me has made him a target of bigotry in their eyes.

"It is entirely unacceptable that my staffs' personal lives are considered fair game by partisans looking for arguments to bolster my opponent's campaign. Mr. Traynham continues to have my full support and confidence as well as my prayers as he navigates this rude and mean spirited invasion of his personal life."

Mark Rodgers, chief of staff at the Republican conference, which Santorum chairs, said, "Robert is a tremendous employee and we're all for standing by him." Traynham's homosexuality was not news to the senator or his staff, he added.

In the online interview, Traynham defended his decision to work with the senator. "Sen. Santorum is a man of principle, he is a man who sticks up for what he believes in. I strongly do support Sen. Santorum.

Asked whether he supported Santorum's views on lesbian and gay issues, Traynham told PageOneQ, "Sen. Santorum is a family man. I have been with him for eight years and I am very proud to be with him."

The two-term senator is up for reelection next year. His expected Democratic opponent is State Treasurer Robert P. Casey, Jr.

Traynham began working for Santorum since 1997 as a press assistant and then deputy press secretary. He was press secretary for the senator's 2000 reelection campaign in Pennsylvania. Just prior to becoming communications director in the Senate office, Traynham served as director of communications for the Senate Republican Conference.

Traynham holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, where he currently serves on the Council of Trustees.

In supporting the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would prohibit gay marriage, Santorum has equated homeland security with the sanctity of traditional marriage. He has referred to gay marriage as "messing with the basic family unit."

During an interview with The Associated Press two years ago about a challenge to the constitutionality of Texas's sodomy law, Santorum said that if the Supreme Court allows gay sex at home (which it ultimately did), "you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything."

On the marriage issue, Santorum also said: "In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be."

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I'm sure all of those who have accused Santorum of "hating" gays are going to be very disappointed by his reaction here.
1 posted on 07/16/2005 12:12:47 PM PDT by gopgen
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To: gopgen
According to PageOneQ, an online gay and lesbian publication, director of communications Robert L. Traynham, said that he was an "out gay man who completely supports the senator." Santorum, the third-ranking Republican in the Senate leadership has been an outspoken opponent of homosexual rights and a leading proponent of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

TRANSLATION--All homosexuals, like every other minority, should realize that the GOP hates them.

Doncha love the MSM?!

2 posted on 07/16/2005 12:16:20 PM PDT by blake6900 (YOUR AD HERE)
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To: gopgen
I'm sure all of those who have accused Santorum of "hating" gays are going to be very disappointed by his reaction here.

Maybe so, but they'll keep their disappointment to themselves.

Publicly they'll accuse Santorum of hypocrisy. Or something.

(steely)

3 posted on 07/16/2005 12:16:39 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Fortunately, the Bill of Rights doesn't include the word 'is'.)
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To: gopgen

"Robert Traynham ... is widely respected and admired on Capitol Hill, both among the press corps and among the congressional staff, as a communications professional. Not only is Mr. Traynham an exemplary staffer, but he is also a trusted friend confidente to me and my family. Mr. Traynham is a valued member of my staff and I regret that this effort on behalf of people who oppose me has made him a target of bigotry in their eyes.

"It is entirely unacceptable that my staffs' personal lives are considered fair game by partisans looking for arguments to bolster my opponent's campaign. Mr. Traynham continues to have my full support and confidence as well as my prayers as he navigates this rude and mean spirited invasion of his personal life."

Santorum is a self serving HYPOCRITE!

His "personal life" is PUBLIC when you are in a PUBLIC position.

Defending a homosexual when you claim to be AGAINST their life style choice is disgusting when it BENEFITS you.


Disgusting.


4 posted on 07/16/2005 12:16:44 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: gopgen

How could he be "outed" if he was already
out"?


5 posted on 07/16/2005 12:17:16 PM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: gopgen

Does this mean he can now be a congressman from Massachussetts?

I think it's a pre-requisite.


6 posted on 07/16/2005 12:17:53 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Steely Tom

the post after yours


7 posted on 07/16/2005 12:18:45 PM PDT by digger48
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To: gopgen
When will the left realize that there are homosexuals who are conservative and do not support the militant homosexual agenda?

When you get right down to it, this is really no different than women who do not support radical feminism.

8 posted on 07/16/2005 12:19:30 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: gopgen

It's nobody's business if Santorum's aid is gay or not. Does he do a good job at his work? Santorum thinks so. That's all that matters.


9 posted on 07/16/2005 12:20:14 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan (Stop the Land Grabs - Markman, Taylor, Young, or Corrigan for SCOTUS)
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To: digger48

Amazing it took that long.


10 posted on 07/16/2005 12:20:45 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Just Blame President Bush For Everything, It Is Easier Than Using Your Brain)
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To: gopgen

And there won't be a word about Santorum's "tolerance" or "inclusiveness" either.

Republicans are never given credit for when they aren't bigots, always presumed that they are.


11 posted on 07/16/2005 12:20:59 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (Visit Club Gitmo - The World's Only Air-Conditioned Gulag.)
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To: gopgen
The senior spokesman for Sen. Rick Santorum, R- Pa., Friday confirmed to a web log that he is gay.

And in other earth-shattering news, Elvis is still dead!

Geez...I thought the Liberal Media Elite thought people weren't supposed to make a big deal about other people being gay? Huh...hypocrisy. How common.

12 posted on 07/16/2005 12:21:08 PM PDT by Prime Choice (Embrace all who seek the truth. Beware all who find it.)
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To: nmh

So you think Sen. Santorum should have a policy of not hiring homosexuals who are otherwise qualified to work for him, or he should fire any staffer who reveals himself or herself to be a homosexual? You think that would go over well with the people of Pennsylvania?


13 posted on 07/16/2005 12:22:15 PM PDT by Dems_R_Losers (If the WMD intelligence was so bad, why does Valerie Plame still have a job?)
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To: Dan from Michigan

Exactly right! Well said.


14 posted on 07/16/2005 12:23:35 PM PDT by sofaman
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To: digger48
the post after yours

Good Grief!

(steely)

15 posted on 07/16/2005 12:24:12 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Fortunately, the Bill of Rights doesn't include the word 'is'.)
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To: gopgen

Oh My........Are We To Be Outraged?


16 posted on 07/16/2005 12:24:35 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup (http://www.busateripens.com)
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To: wagglebee
When will the left realize that there are homosexuals who are conservative and do not support the militant homosexual agenda?

When you get right down to it, this is really no different than women who do not support radical feminism.

Exactly. I know many conservative Republicans who are homosexual, some are out of the closet and some aren't. Some of the biggest Republican lobbyists and fundraisers in Washington are homosexual. Some of you would be very surprised to know how many of them worked in the Reagan White House, and how many of today's current conservative leaders are homosexual. If we went on a witch hunt to get rid of them, we would not have much of a party infrastructure left.

17 posted on 07/16/2005 12:25:59 PM PDT by Dems_R_Losers (If the WMD intelligence was so bad, why does Valerie Plame still have a job?)
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To: gopgen

Wonder if was a "friend" of Barney Franks?


18 posted on 07/16/2005 12:27:31 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: nmh

What, exactly, is hypocritical here? Has Santorum at some point in the past condemned employing homos?


19 posted on 07/16/2005 12:27:58 PM PDT by Sloth (History's greatest monsters: Hitler, Stalin, Mao & Durbin)
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To: nmh
It's not Santorum who is "outed". It's a staff member who is apparently well qualified at his job.

If I'm a businessman, I hire the best person for the job. As long as he's not a criminal, I don't care about his personal life even though I may not agree with it. I care about his work for the senate office.

20 posted on 07/16/2005 12:28:46 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan (Stop the Land Grabs - Markman, Taylor, Young, or Corrigan for SCOTUS)
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To: Dems_R_Losers

The left's homosexual agenda doesn't really have anything to do with giving more rights to homosexuals. It is about the destruction of American Judeo-Christian values. Remember these are the same people who were running around in the 60's and 70's trying to eliminate marriage altogether, when they saw that that wasn't working, they just found another way to devalue it.


21 posted on 07/16/2005 12:30:08 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: gopgen

I hear he's a good staffer... :D


22 posted on 07/16/2005 12:30:28 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: Steely Tom

That didn't take long (see post #3).


23 posted on 07/16/2005 12:32:24 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (I (heart) Karl Rove)
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To: gopgen
Santorum, the third-ranking Republican in the Senate leadership has been an outspoken opponent of homosexual rights

Seems like the MSM thinks Santorum will fire the guy cause he's gay? WTF....

24 posted on 07/16/2005 12:32:53 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: gopgen

Since I do not believe a conservative can support homosexuality, this makes me doubt Sen. Santorum's conservative credentials.

However, a libertarian Republican can support ignoring individual sexual choices.

It helps me explain some of what I've seen in Santorum.


25 posted on 07/16/2005 12:33:16 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It!)
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To: Sloth
What, exactly, is hypocritical here? Has Santorum at some point in the past condemned employing homos?

THATS WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT! HE'S AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE! NOT AGAINST HIRING GAYS FOR WORK! LOL

26 posted on 07/16/2005 12:34:18 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: xzins
Since I do not believe a conservative can support homosexuality, this makes me doubt Sen. Santorum's conservative credentials.

Remind me not to vote for you. Santorum is against Gay Marriage, Are you saying Gays shouldn't have jobs?

27 posted on 07/16/2005 12:37:02 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
That didn't take long.

Yeah, I know. Five seconds, I believe.

(steely)

28 posted on 07/16/2005 12:37:40 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Fortunately, the Bill of Rights doesn't include the word 'is'.)
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To: xzins

"Since I do not believe a conservative can support homosexuality, this makes me doubt Sen. Santorum's conservative credentials."

IMO Santorum is not supporting the homosexual lifestyle.

It's quite probable that the discussion of this man's sexuality never took place between Santorum and his aide. Why should it? As long as an employee is not "in your face" about it, and does a good job, why should it matter?

There are lots of ways for an individual to sin. Should all sinners be disqualified from gainful employment?


29 posted on 07/16/2005 12:39:32 PM PDT by wingman1 (University of Vietnam 1970)
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To: Echo Talon; wingman1

I don't recall mentioning employment. Did I?

I doubt his conservative credentials. I suspect he's more a libertarian Republican.

Is there something there that talks about employment????


30 posted on 07/16/2005 12:47:20 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It!)
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To: gopgen

How do you suppose it is that a group of people who seem to have no trouble straining the concept of supporting the troops, yet being opposed to everything they stand for, can't grasp the simple concept of loving the soul of the sinner, while hating the sin?


31 posted on 07/16/2005 12:48:10 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: nmh

A conservative who supports man/woman marriage does not have to hate homosexuals. Supporting man/woman marriage means it is the basic unit of a stable long range growth and savings society. That unit deserves the special status of marriage as it is our economic engine, main savings and investment unit and produces the most healthy children to continue all of society.

Supporting marriage does not mean hating homosexuals. They can live and work among us and be left alone as long as they do not flaunt their life style in our living rooms, front yards or in schools where our children are educated. They even can have their "dykes on bikes" parade as long as we get notice and we can then take the kids away to the zoo that day. Both life styles can co exist with some modest accommodations.

Conservatives can still have moral reasons to not promote homosexuality without hating or attacking those that are of that persuasion.


32 posted on 07/16/2005 12:50:26 PM PDT by RicocheT
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To: wingman1
It's quite probable that the discussion of this man's sexuality never took place between Santorum and his aide. Why should it? As long as an employee is not "in your face" about it, and does a good job, why should it matter?

Homosexuality would make a staffer a good candidate to be a "Trojan Horse"--err, Sh*tland Pony...

The staffer would have means and opportunity to ferret out information on Republican legislative initiatives, parlimentary tactics on upcoming votes, etc., and give them to Democrats in order to allow them a more effective counter...

I mean, look at it this way. How many Conservative Christians does Hillary Clinton have on her broomstick staff?

Full Disclosure: If we do devastate the Republican Party infrastructure by removing avowed homosexuals, the most likely result is that the GOP would stop trying to be "liberal light."

Cheers!

33 posted on 07/16/2005 12:50:37 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: RicocheT

Yeah, what you said.


34 posted on 07/16/2005 12:55:03 PM PDT by tiki
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To: xzins
Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)

Rated 25% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)

Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)

# Voted NO on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
# Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)

Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)

dont look to bad to me. issues

35 posted on 07/16/2005 12:55:17 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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"Is there something there that talks about employment????"

Yes. In the original article.

Santorum is being criticized for employing a homosexual.


36 posted on 07/16/2005 12:56:10 PM PDT by wingman1 (University of Vietnam 1970)
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To: wingman1
If I really loved a person as a friend, or as a loyal boss, I'd be concerned if that person's, (even private), ethical and moral decisions and actions were going to lead to his or her soul being condemned to an eternal, fiery punishment combined with unspeakable tortures and worst of all everlasting alienation from Almighty God and His loving Son; and I'd counsel the person to try to repent. That would be 'true love'.

How could anyone be considered 'loyal', 'supportive' or even 'loving'--to go with the times and fashion--and to turn a blind eye to the fact that in the next life after this one, after judgement is passed as promised, there will be hell to pay quite literally, by those who insist in doing what has clearly not been allowed for thousands of years, written and warned about a number of times of sacred scripture. True, homosexuality backed up it's physical/carnal acts are not the only sins. But it is chief among them.

But I supposed for an atheist or a libertine or someone hip and with the times, this would really mean nothing.

37 posted on 07/16/2005 12:57:29 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (**AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT IS NOT SO MUCH "WHO" WE STAND FOR, BUT RATHER "WHAT" WE STAND FOR**)
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To: grey_whiskers

So, in otherwords, we should automatically assume that all homosexuals vote Democrat?


38 posted on 07/16/2005 12:57:39 PM PDT by wingman1 (University of Vietnam 1970)
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To: RicocheT

But a lot of people here (not this thread, necessarily, but FR as a whole) do not want gays even walking among us. One woman was agahst that I was living down the street from a gay couple. Like I should have run them out with torches and pitchforks!


39 posted on 07/16/2005 1:02:15 PM PDT by pa mom
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To: AmericanInTokyo

"...homosexuality backed up it's physical/carnal acts are not the only sins. But it is chief among them."

I disagree. God is offended by all sin.


40 posted on 07/16/2005 1:03:03 PM PDT by wingman1 (University of Vietnam 1970)
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To: wingman1

I never said that. Please don't put words in my mouth.


41 posted on 07/16/2005 1:03:45 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (**AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT IS NOT SO MUCH "WHO" WE STAND FOR, BUT RATHER "WHAT" WE STAND FOR**)
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To: wingman1

God is offended by all sin, I never said He is not. Further, I question you. For which particular sin, among other sins, was it that He actually destroyed a whole city?


42 posted on 07/16/2005 1:05:24 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (**AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT IS NOT SO MUCH "WHO" WE STAND FOR, BUT RATHER "WHAT" WE STAND FOR**)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Should I have said that God is offended by all sin EQUALLY?


43 posted on 07/16/2005 1:06:31 PM PDT by wingman1 (University of Vietnam 1970)
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To: everyone

More bullying by the fascist left.

That said, Santorum should have known better than to hire the guy. It just causes trouble. This poor judgment doesn't speak well of his re-election chances.


44 posted on 07/16/2005 1:06:54 PM PDT by California Patriot
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Santorum is just a basically decent guy while the left is basically evil.


45 posted on 07/16/2005 1:07:19 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: gopgen

I thought Santorum was Catholic.

What do FReeper Catholics think about this?


46 posted on 07/16/2005 1:08:20 PM PDT by k2blader (Was it wrong to kill Terri Shiavo? YES - 83.8%. FR Opinion Poll.)
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To: gopgen

The Dems have outed GOP gays a lot lately.
It doesn't take. They just keep getting elected, re-elected and appointed.
Like most people, we are not interested in the private lives of individual people .We are against the gay political and social agenda.


47 posted on 07/16/2005 1:08:48 PM PDT by Cincinna (BEWARE HILLARY and her HINO)
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To: Echo Talon; wingman1

Yeah, but I still don't see where I mentioned employment.

I think my suspicion of libertarian Republican will explain all of those ratings except perhaps the 100% Christian Coalition rating and the anti-civil rights rating....it depends on the specific issues looked at.


48 posted on 07/16/2005 1:09:53 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It!)
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To: Steely Tom
Publicly they'll accuse Santorum of hypocrisy

What would it be called?
49 posted on 07/16/2005 1:13:27 PM PDT by Delphinium
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To: k2blader

Doesn't bother me. I don't know how Santorum would have known. It actually would bother me if he was asking. Unless the guy was making out with another guy in front of him, why would it even be an issue?

My bosses never knew anything about my personal life. Maybe they wouldn't have wanted to hire a Catholic, who knows?


50 posted on 07/16/2005 1:14:07 PM PDT by pa mom
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