Right-wing immigration group is gay-baiting Sen. Lindsey Graham

Posted on 20 Apr 2010 at 11:41am

ALIPACAmericans for Legal Immigration is gay-baiting Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC) because of his support for immigration reform. Graham is the senator best known for apologizing to Justice Samuel Alito’s wife for the tough questioning of her husband during his judicial committe hearings and calling Justice Sonia Sotomayer “nasty,” “a terror” and “a bit of a bull” at hers.

On their website ALIPAC, they wrote:

The national border security organization known as Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) is officially calling for US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to make his homosexual lifestyle public knowledge in the interest of political integrity and national security.

William Gheen, president of the group, spoke to a Tea Party rally on Saturday, April 17. He said:

US Senator Lindsey Graham is gay and while many people in South Carolina and Washington DC know that, the general public and Graham’s constituents do not. I personally do not care about Graham’s private life, but in this situation his desire to keep this a secret may explain why he is doing a lot of political dirty work for others who have the power to reveal his secrets. Senator Graham needs to come out of the closet inside that log cabin so the public can rest assured he is not being manipulated with his secret.

Really? You don’t care about his “private sexual life?” But proving he’s gay people explains why he supports reforming the broken immigration laws? Because if he’s gay, he’s automatically in favor of illegal immigration? And just what is a “closet inside that log cabin?” A snotty reference to LGBT Republicans or a skewed view of Abe Lincoln’s luxurious suburban upbringing in a mini-mansion made of logs? Making deals to hide being gay? That’s so 1970s.

On the topic of immigration reform, about the only thing that the LGBT community might agree on is that current laws aren’t working. The solution is something that the LGBT community is as divided on as every other group in the country.

One comment by Gheen we can certainly agree with, however.

“Barney Frank has more integrity and bravery than Senator Lindsey Graham right now,” Gheen said, although I’m sure he didn’t mean it as a compliment to Frank.

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