Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Republican Mark Kirk Lied About Military Service and He's Gay

     Representative Mark Kirk (Republican, Congregationalist, of Illinois) is having a rough go as of late.  He's hoping to win President Obama's vacant Senate seat, but like some of his Republican family values proponents, Kirk's duplicitous ways are being exposed.

     First of all, Kirk's lied about his military service.  Last week it was his false claims of winning he "Intelligence Officer of the Year" Award.  This week it's his lie about being the only member of Congress to have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, when he, in fact, never served in Iraq, but was stateside.  For more details, see the Huffingtion Post or watch the embedded video below.

    Secondly, there is the issue of Kirk's closet.  Last week, he voted against the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the House, but he himself is and was a closeted gay military man.  Following the leads of two independent male sources, who've both had sex with Kirk, Mike Rodgers of the politician-outing BlogActive decided it was time to out Hypocrite Kirk.

     In an effort to move the base in the Illinois Senate race, Kirk decided to tack right and that means throwing the gays (like him) under the bus. And once he voted that way, the phone began to ring. Not one or two, or three but 5 separate individuals contacted me about the now divorced Mr. Kirk. (Mr. and Mrs. Kirk were married from 2001 to 2009, the marriage produced no children.)  Within hours of the DADT repeal vote I was contacted by two people who knew Kirk from his college days.
     "In law school in DC everyone knew Mark was gay," the first source told me. I explained that the information was intriguing, it would not be enough to go on. He continued, "But I had sex with him a number of times." Well, now we're onto something I thought. "Could someone verify for me that you knew Kirk and went to school with him?" I asked. "Yes" was the swift reply. "Could you recall personal details about Kirk that others may not know?" "Yes," he said. And he did.
     The next source claimed to have gone to undergraduate school with Kirk. I asked for proof that he and Kirk were in school together and once that was shared with me, I met with the source. The source introduced me to a man who had also been friends with Kirk in college. They both shared with me their interactions with Kirk, including one sexual in nature. The source who claimed to have sex with Kirk described personal details about the House, um, er, "member." The description was the same as the first source.
     And in DC, Kirk wasn't all THAT closeted. You see Mark Kirk told me he was gay. Before I had BlogActive, I had a life in Washington...It was early 2004 when I was at a social gathering on Capitol Hill...It was at that party that I met Mark Kirk. I was introduced to him by the person I came with and at the time did not realize he was a member of the House. As my friend walked away, Kirk asked me if the man who introduced us was "single or attached." When I said that he had a partner, Kirk replied disappointingly, "oh, well." 
      Rep. Mark Kirk is a hypocrite and a liar.  He is a disgrace to the military uniform that he wears and a disgrace to LGBT Americans.

     Rachel Maddow covers Kirk's mounting military lies (which were used in Kirk's campaign ads) and Republican, Mormon Senator Orrin Hatch's hypocritical reneging of his call for persons, who lie about their military records to be fined and/or imprisoned.

Image from Towleroad.

Current TV's New Documentary "Missionaries of Hate" Explores the Anti-Gay Christian Movement in Uganda

     Current TV is airing a new Vanguard documentary called "Missionaries of Hate," Wednesdays at 10/9c.

     The documentary explores how Christian preachers in Uganda are generating support for Bill No. 18, the kill-the-gays bill.  These pastors include Americans that travel to Uganda, as well as well-known locals, such as Martin Ssepma of the "homosexuals eat poop" lunacy.

     Here's the log-line via Current TV:
     Correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to Uganda, where many question whether the growing influence of American religious groups has led to a movement to make homosexuality a crime punishable by death. As an anti-gay movement spreads across the continent, gay Africans and their families face an increasingly uncertain future of isolation, imprisonment or even execution.
     Embedded below are parts 1, 2, and 3 of "Missionaries of Hate."


     Current's synopsis of "Uganda Is a Christian Nation: Missionaries of Hate, Part 2":
     Uganda is almost 90 percent Christian, and American evangelicals such as Rick Warren, Benny Hinn and Joyce Meyer are hugely popular. An American-led conference in March 2009 promoted the idea of a "gay agenda" and may have introduced Ugandan religious and political leaders to many of the anti-gay ideas that are now widely held. Mariana interviews David Bahati, the member of Uganda's parliament who introduced the anti-gay bill, and Pastor Martin Ssempa, who is angry that Rick Warren has condemned the proposed law.


     Current's summary of "Pastor Martin Ssempa's Crusade: Missionaries of Hate, Pt. 3":
     The leader of Uganda's anti-gay movement is Pastor Martin Ssempa, a skilled and savvy showman who uses press conferences with international media and church services to present his sermons on the evils of homosexuality. He shows hard-core gay pornography and has a young woman testify to being seduced into being a lesbian by activists.