What’s Brewing: Austin fire chief, DOMA poll, closeted pol arrested

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Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr

1. After being called a “company man,” Austin’s Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr said she is not gay, according to the Austin Chronicle. The local head of the NAACP said the reference by the mayor of Austin was a slur because it was well known that Kerr was lesbian.

“I am not a gay woman. I am totally supportive of all of my LGBT friends and workers and employees. I would just like the record to be straight that I am not a gay woman,” Kerr said.

2.U.S. News and World Report, a conservative news magazine, is running competing editorials under the banner “Is the Defense of Marriage Act Constitutional?” The editorials are by Tony Perkins, director of the Family Research Council and HRC’s Joe Solomonese. In the voting as of this morning, the response is 89 percent thought DOMA was unconstitutional.

3. The latest political hypocrite is New York State Senator Carl Kruger who was arrested yesterday on bribery charges. Kruger is accused of taking $1 million in bribes. His longtime partner Michael Turano was arrested for laundering the money. The (formerly) closeted senator, a Democrat, voted against same-sex marriage last year, according to the New York Post.

—  David Taffet