Is Texas Governor Rick Perry Gay?
The rumors never stop swirling among politicos who talk and think about candidates and races.
For years the rumors about Texas Governor Rick Perry being gay has kept many wondering if that would prevent him from running for national office. Not that being gay is wrong or precludes running and winning, but that the gay rumor among conservative Republican primary voters would almost insure that Perry’s political souffle would never rise.
Now that Perry is entertaining the idea of a bid for the White House comes the onslaught again of gay rumors that will need to be honestly addressed.
The rumors, which have never been proven despite repeated review by media outlets, were addressed by the governor himself in a lengthy 2004 American-Statesman story that is sure to see new life if he runs.
The claims, which had made the rounds for months by the time the story was written, included rumors that Perry and his wife Anita had split, and that the governor was gay.
I think American voters are more concerned about hypocrisy than they are someone’s ‘lifestyle’. I think people are more concerned about the heavy-handed rhetoric of conservative dogma and the policy that is promoted when it is shown to be a cover for the real way that a Republican candidate lives his/her life.
If Perry is gay then so be it. He should come out and stand tall and proud. But if Perry thinks he can slink into his closet and stay there while seeking the White House I suggest he talk with others who have faced the hot intense lights while seeking the presidency. There is no running from the reporters, and in this age of internet information there are no secrets.
If Perry is not gay then so be it. As a presidential candidate he should work to understand the needs of all citizens, including the very powerful and political gay community, and work to ensure their desire to live as free and fair as all other Americans are met.