Why Dennis Hastert And The Male High School Sex Story Matters

For anyone who thinks I am piling on over the sex scandal of former GOP Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert because of partisan leanings–let me stop you at the start.

My problem with this matter other than the obvious ones dealing with protecting children and the code of conduct teachers and coaches should abide by as professionals has to do with hypocrisy.  I am not one to let those who vote against gay rights issues as elected officials to then have their private gay life not held up for the world to see.

Pose for holy pictures and prance about over ‘family values’ and try to smear gay people in the process.  But also know that if you are engaging in gay sex and have a secret life that might seem uncomfortable for the country club set that you need at the ballot box–well something has to give.  It should not have been all those gay Americans who were fighting for civil rights and finding Republicans being obstructionists at every turn.

The votes that Hastert took as a member of congress were not in line with the gay-rights agenda.

Hastert voted regularly against bills to empower gay people. In Congress from 1997 to 2007, Hastert voted for the so-called “Marriage Protection Act,” and in favor of a constitutional amendment to “establish that marriage shall consist of one man and one woman.” The year he stepped down, Hastert voted no on the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act,” a bill to prohibit companies from discriminating against employees “on the basis of sexual orientation.”

There is much to learn about this scandal and the secret life of Hastert.   There is no justification for his actions as a teacher and coach in relation to this conduct, and there is no way to not speak out about his votes as a congressman if he also was in some way questioning his own sexual identity.

2 thoughts on “Why Dennis Hastert And The Male High School Sex Story Matters

  1. Cindy

    Here’s the over-arching problem as I see it. We as a people are tolerating the existence of an elite political class that lives by it’s own made up rules. As a member you can lie, cheat, sell favors, sell access, extort, bribe and know that if you are ever caught, party loyalists will defend you simply to defend their brand. Whether its Hastert or the Clintons, Lois Lerner of the IRS or the partiers in the Secret Service..the worst that can happen is that you retire early to enjoy your pension and monetize your “service” to our nation by writing a tell all book and becoming a speaker.

  2. Tom

    The problem here is that Hastert was a coach who made some sort of advances toward a student–its just that simple. We don’t need to know any more about the scandal or the secret life. Too much of our time has already been wasted on this.

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