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dies at 69: First openly gay congressman fought for civil rights, environment
Boston Herald ^ | October 15, 2006 | Laura Crimaldi

Posted on 10/15/2006 5:21:19 AM PDT by billorites

Former U.S. Rep. Gerry E. Studds, the first openly gay person elected to Congress, died early yesterday, several days after being hospitalized for head injuries sustained while walking his English springer spaniel, Bonnie, in Boston.

Studds, 69, who salvaged his 12-term congressional career from near ruin in 1983 over a sex scandal involving a House page, was remembered as a devoted environmentalist and inspiration to the gay community for his openness and push for equal rights.

‘‘Gerry often said it was the fight for gay and lesbian equality that was the last great civil-rights chapter in modern American history. He did not live to see its final sentences written, but all of us will forever be indebted to him for leading the way with compassion and wisdom,” said his husband, Dean T. Hara, 49, in a statement.

Studds represented Cape Cod and the Islands, New Bedford and the South Shore for 24 years. He was censured by former Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. before the House of Representatives in 1983 for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old House page.

During the scandal, Studds revealed he was gay in a speech to Congress. A month later, he stood defiantly on the House floor with his back to his fellow lawmakers as the charges were read against him during censure proceedings.

The Studds scandal recently resurfaced amid the firestorm surrounding former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, the Florida Republican who resigned this month after news reports that he sent sexually explicit communications to House pages.

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Newton), who announced he was gay four years after Studds’ disclosure, said yesterday his colleague didn’t let the scandal get in his way.

‘‘It was very important to see, for young people in particular, somebody as capable and talented as he be openly gay,” said Frank. ‘‘That gave a lot people the courage to say, ‘I can survive this business in being honest about who I am.’ ”

Despite the sex scandal, Studds was re-elected. After his 1997 retirement from Congress he became a lobbyist for the fishing industry and environmental causes. In 1996, Congress named the 842-square-mile Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

‘‘His work on behalf of our fishing industry and the protection of our waters has guided the fishing industry into the future and ensured that generations to come will have the opportunity to love and learn from the sea,” U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) said in a statement.

Studds, who lived in the South End with Hara, fell unconscious on Oct. 3 because of a blood clot in his lung, his husband said. Studds regained consciousness and appeared to improve until Friday, when a second clot developed.

‘‘I will always be grateful to Gerry for the life we had together,” Hara, who married Studds a week after same-sex marriage was legalized here in 2004, said in a statement. ‘‘We truly were blessed to have what every married couple hopes for: to spend our days with the person we love.”


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1 posted on 10/15/2006 5:21:20 AM PDT by billorites
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To: billorites

I guess what is good for the goose isn't always good for the gander.


2 posted on 10/15/2006 5:22:12 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Murtha is even cutting and running from a debate.)
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To: billorites

Wow. I question the timing...


3 posted on 10/15/2006 5:22:44 AM PDT by prion (Yes, as a matter of fact, I AM the spelling police)
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To: billorites

How sweet. How do you know who the husband was as referred to in the article. Is that a rotating position?


4 posted on 10/15/2006 5:23:15 AM PDT by Thebaddog (Labs Rules! Brilliant!)
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To: billorites

Nothing became him in life like his leaving it.


5 posted on 10/15/2006 5:24:35 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: billorites
I think I'm going to be sick.

Leni

6 posted on 10/15/2006 5:25:41 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Israel, Hold Firm !................No Retreat means No Repeat !)
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To: billorites

Blood clot in the lung. Hillary's aim is getting worse. She shot Foster in the head.


7 posted on 10/15/2006 5:26:13 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, but DemocRATs believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: Thebaddog
I will always be grateful to Gerry for the life we had together," Hara, who married Studds a week after same-sex marriage was legalized here in 2004, said in a statement. ''We truly were blessed to have what every married couple hopes for: to spend our days with the person we love.

Uh, Hara, were you a part of "the life" when he was doing the chicken-hawk thing? Or were you guys still doing it--together?
8 posted on 10/15/2006 5:26:39 AM PDT by cgbg (Teddy Roosevelt said it best: "Speak softly and carry a big stick.")
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To: billorites
Democrat nails intern (Good thing. Patriot. Hero. Pioneer).

Republican writes to intern ("Evil". "Must be removed". "Criminal").

Has there EVER been a clear indicator of two different treatments of the same thing?

9 posted on 10/15/2006 5:27:30 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: prion
Wow. I question the timing...

Rove, you magnificent b@stard!

10 posted on 10/15/2006 5:28:21 AM PDT by Dark Skies (Allah sez "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.")
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To: prion
Wow. I question the timing...

The word "Arkanside" springs to mind.

11 posted on 10/15/2006 5:28:47 AM PDT by NurdlyPeon (Wearing My 'Jammies Proudly)
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To: NurdlyPeon

Now why would you suspect that? After all, "head injuries sustained while walking his English springer spaniel" is a common cause of death isn't it?


12 posted on 10/15/2006 5:35:28 AM PDT by libertylover (If it's good and decent, you can be sure the Democrat Party leaders are against it.)
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To: billorites
They are calling him a great civil-rights leader ???
13 posted on 10/15/2006 5:36:21 AM PDT by Mo1 (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC - BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR)
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To: Diogenesis
Democrats have no sense of shame about what they do and the MSM agrees with their position thus we get this type of adulation for a child molester... The same thing is happening with Harry Reid. He is defying anyone to prove that his profiting from a suspicious real estate deal was illegal. Same with Hillery's cattle futures deal. Are there any uncompromised "reporters" left?
14 posted on 10/15/2006 5:38:33 AM PDT by RedEyeJack
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To: libertylover

He was probably expecting "head injuries sustained while loping his Arkansas mule"?


15 posted on 10/15/2006 5:40:58 AM PDT by CBart95
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood
One less predator.
16 posted on 10/15/2006 5:41:32 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: billorites

If Foley were gay, they'd throw him a parade.


17 posted on 10/15/2006 5:43:22 AM PDT by hershey
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To: billorites

was Studds pitching or catching,
when the accident occured?


18 posted on 10/15/2006 5:46:15 AM PDT by greasepaint
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To: billorites

"After his 1997 retirement from Congress he became a lobbyist for the fishing industry and environmental causes. In 1996, Congress named the 842-square-mile Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary."

---- and they wonder why the fishing industry in New England is in decline.


19 posted on 10/15/2006 5:51:16 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: cgbg
''We truly were blessed to have what every married couple hopes for: to spend our days with the person we love".

Love is everything for these guys. What about children?
20 posted on 10/15/2006 5:51:53 AM PDT by SeeSalt
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To: billorites
‘‘His work on behalf of our fishing industry and the protection of our waters has guided the fishing industry into the future and ensured that generations to come will have the opportunity to love and learn from the sea,” U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) said in a statement.

He went on to add that the water provides a great place to park your car.

21 posted on 10/15/2006 5:52:28 AM PDT by Mark was here (How can they be called "Homeless" if their home is a field?.)
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To: billorites
Former U.S. Rep. Gerry E. Studds was also a member of the Super Adventure Club. (South Park reference alert)

;-)
22 posted on 10/15/2006 5:57:27 AM PDT by kb2614 (Hell hath no fury than a bureaucrat scorned)
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To: greasepaint
was Studds pitching or catching, when the accident occured?

Neither, the headline says that "Studds dies at 69". There goes your breakfast.

23 posted on 10/15/2006 5:58:37 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: RedEyeJack; Diogenesis

Tell me the elected Republican who has the stones to bring up the truth about Gerry Studds. They'll be on the receiving end of the continuing barrage of Mark Foley questions, but I'm betting not one of them will say a word about Studds. I'll go even further that if it's mentioned to them that Studds passed, they'll let it go with nary a peep out of respect for the dead. Yeah, the same respect for the dead shown to Nixon and Reagan. Grrr.


24 posted on 10/15/2006 5:59:09 AM PDT by Dahoser (God bless our troops and at home defenders.)
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To: billorites

He also trolled for young butts to plow.


25 posted on 10/15/2006 6:01:06 AM PDT by Notwithstanding
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To: MinuteGal
‘‘We truly were blessed to have what every married couple hopes for: to spend our days with the person we love.”

You don't have to pervert the sacrament of marriage to do that.

As another Freeper asked on one of these threads, "Do they bury him face down?"

26 posted on 10/15/2006 6:03:38 AM PDT by johniegrad
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To: EQAndyBuzz

In this instance, are there two geese or two gander?

We should call the family to find out so that we don't offend them by using the wrong term. That would be insensitive.


27 posted on 10/15/2006 6:03:44 AM PDT by Notwithstanding
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To: billorites
Studds, who lived in the South End with Hara

You can't get more honest than that.

28 posted on 10/15/2006 6:04:06 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: rabidralph

LOL.


29 posted on 10/15/2006 6:04:56 AM PDT by johniegrad
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To: kb2614

He probably had a falling-out (no pun intended) with them and that's why he died.


30 posted on 10/15/2006 6:06:19 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: prion

How did Rove do it? Perhaps we would be better off not knowing.....


31 posted on 10/15/2006 6:06:31 AM PDT by atomic conspiracy (Islamo-terrorists: Strike force of the MSM)
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To: billorites

Why do so many freaks hail from the northeast....(Kennedy, Studds, HRC)? Is something in the water?


32 posted on 10/15/2006 6:08:11 AM PDT by Sarajevo
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To: billorites
‘‘I will always be grateful to Gerry for the life we had together,” Hara, who married Studds a week after same-sex marriage was legalized here in 2004, said in a statement. ‘‘We truly were blessed to have what every married couple hopes for: to spend our days with the person we love.”



That Is Just soooo Gay

33 posted on 10/15/2006 6:09:12 AM PDT by Condor51 ("Alot" is NOT a word and doesn't mean "many". It is 'a lot', two separate words.)
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To: billorites

This is the Foley substitute for the MSM.

This is their "forgive us" for tossing Foley under the bus.

They celebrate this pedophile and fail to point out foley's efforts to cultivate children for future sex.


34 posted on 10/15/2006 6:10:17 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Diogenesis

The death of Studds serves as a powerful reminder of the two standards employed by the media. Since this death has the power to put the Foley situation in perspective you would think this would be front page news everywhere. Today it is on page c7, in the obits, in the Washington Post.


35 posted on 10/15/2006 6:15:55 AM PDT by billhilly
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To: billorites
Will there be a "Wellstone" jubilation memorial party?

Leni

36 posted on 10/15/2006 6:17:07 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Israel, Hold Firm !................No Retreat means No Repeat !)
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To: MinuteGal

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37 posted on 10/15/2006 6:24:13 AM PDT by radar101 (LIBERALS = Hypocrisy and Fantasy)
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To: Sarajevo

Hillary! is from Illinois.


38 posted on 10/15/2006 6:25:59 AM PDT by johniegrad
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To: billorites
head injuries sustained while walking his English springer spaniel

Happens all the time I hear.......

39 posted on 10/15/2006 6:29:00 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Cure for liberal stupidity: Louisville Slugger, apply directly to the forehead!)
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To: rabidralph

My son and daughter-in-law live in the South End. It's a very "gay" area of Boston. My son, who his "gay" neighbor referred to as a J.Crew model, is constantly being followed by "gay" men. This neighbor was beside himself when he saw my son moving into their brownstone, that is, til he saw the wife.
As soon as he finishes his MBA program in Dec. they're out of there.


40 posted on 10/15/2006 6:29:15 AM PDT by surrey
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To: rabidralph

That was rib hurting funny.


41 posted on 10/15/2006 6:48:30 AM PDT by billhilly
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To: Thebaddog

Hee.....rotating position.


42 posted on 10/15/2006 7:05:19 AM PDT by Carl LaFong (Give Turtle Bay back to the turtles.Oh...and watch out for snakes!)
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To: billhilly
Or in this case "BACK(of) PAGE"
43 posted on 10/15/2006 7:13:30 AM PDT by Cheapskate ( Preserve your freedom! ! Slap down the NANNY STATE!)
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To: SeeSalt
love...what about children?

Well, he loved other people's male children. :-)
44 posted on 10/15/2006 7:15:07 AM PDT by cgbg (We have a redhouse media/politician hot air emissions global crisis!)
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To: billorites

Here we go, lionize the old rear admiral.


45 posted on 10/15/2006 7:38:43 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: billorites

I lived in Mass when this dreck was in DC. He was an arrogant SOB and a pervert then. I'm sure that is what he was when he died.

Good riddance.


46 posted on 10/15/2006 7:41:25 AM PDT by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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To: radar101
Thanks for the link.

Timeless.

(....'cause the Dims keep giving repeat performances).

Leni

47 posted on 10/15/2006 7:42:54 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Israel, Hold Firm !................No Retreat means No Repeat !)
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To: billorites

Will be interesting to see who goes to the funeral... Pelosi?


48 posted on 10/15/2006 8:38:33 AM PDT by RedEyeJack
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To: cgbg
Uh, Hara, were you a part of "the life" when he was doing the chicken-hawk thing?

Hara is only 49. In '73 when the chicken hawk thing occured (although Studds wasn't censured until '83), he would have been 16 and Studds 36. He may have been one of the later "Conquests" of Congressmen (spit) Studds.

49 posted on 10/15/2006 8:54:51 AM PDT by El Gato
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If Foley were gay, they'd throw him a parade

Umm, Foley is gay. They don't throw him a parade because he's a Republican. After the election, maybe after 2008, then they may throw him the parade.

50 posted on 10/15/2006 8:57:27 AM PDT by El Gato
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