Closeted Homosexual Republicans Target of Blog-Activist

By Monisha Bansal | July 7, 2008 | 8:06 PM EDT

( - Homosexual activist Mike Rogers said he will reveal the identities of homosexual Republicans on Capitol Hill each day "for hypocritically opposing gay rights for political reasons when they themselves are gay."

But according to Rogers, who runs a web log called, he's "reporting on hypocrisy," not "outing them."

"The right wing of this country is so out of control beating up gay people," Rogers told Cybercast News Service on Tuesday.

Rogers named two congressional staffers who he believes had "a vested interest in protecting closeted men like former Republican Congressman Mark Foley so the majority can remain in power." One of those staffers left Capitol Hill earlier this year.

Rogers also blamed the Republican Party for pushing the Federal Marriage Amendment and the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy.

"It's [because of] those kinds of things that it's time to say 'enough, it's over,'" Rogers said. "Those who equate being gay with immorality will be surprised just how diverse the House Republican Caucus is when it comes to sexual orientation.

"The party is over for these guys who think they can be gay and beat up gay people, and there are a lot of them in the Republican Party," Rogers added.

But the Log Cabin Republicans, the group that represents homosexual Republicans, indicate that they oppose the so-called practice of "outing."

"I am unaware of a single forced outing that led to passage of one piece of pro-gay legislation," Patrick Sammon, executive vice president of the Log Cabin Republicans, said in a statement. "Coming out on your own terms with courage is a positive catalyst for change.

"Forced outings don't advance our movement, because they're motivated by vengeance and they distract us from what's really important. Those who are trying to out gay Republicans should be ashamed," Sammon added.

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