Dennis Hastert On Sexual Orientation In Public And In Private
In 1996, Dennis Hastert voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, a law that gave state governments the authority to refuse to recognize the authority of same-sex marriages performed in other states.
In 2003, Dennis Hastert voted for the Marriage Protection Act, legislation that attempted to prohibit federal courts from hearing any case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act.
In 2004, Dennis Hastert voted in favor on a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality between heterosexuals and homosexuals.
In 2006, Dennis Hastert voted for legislation reducing the definition of marriage to only exclude homosexual unions.
In 2007, Dennis Hastert voted against a bill to ban job discrimination based on sexual orientation.
While in the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert twice voted for legislation to annul every same-sex marriage in the United States.
Now, In 2015, it is being reported that Dennis Hastert’s indictment on charges of lying to federal officials about cash he withdrew from his bank account had to do with hush money he paid to an underage male student he had sex with when Hastert was a high school wrestling coach.
There seems to have been some knowledge among Washington D.C. political insiders of Dennis Hastert’s homosexual interests years ago. In 2004, a reader repeatedly posted a message at Crooked Timber saying of Hastert that, “Someone may have documented the full extent of his pedophilia- there may even be a series of films of Mr. Hastert having sexual intercourse with boys- I would stress that at this point we don’t know for sure whether any such videotapes exist or whether Mr. Hastert might have destroyed them.”
In 2006, rumors of Hastert’s homosexuality surfaced again, in a message circulated around the web stating that “The member in question is House Speaker Dennis Hastert, whose “alternate” life style is the primary reason for him and his staff covering up the scandal involving ex-Florida GOP Rep. Mark Foley and his lewd messages sent to underage male congressional pages. Hastert’s penchant to receive anal sex is well-known to our sources in DC’s gay community. Additionally, Hastert’s reported extremely small penis is the subject of many jokes among Washington’s gay circles… old charges that swirled around Hastert when he was a high school wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in Yorkville, Illinois. Hastert decided to enter politics in 1980 after rumors surfaced about inappropriate contact with male high school students.”
Also in 2006, rumors about Dennis Hastert circulated about the allegedly homosexual nature of his relationship with his Chief of Staff, Scott Palmer. Doug Thompson wrote for Capitol Hill Blue, “Palmer, Hastert’s chief of staff, is more than an employee. He’s Hastert’s friend and his roommate in Washington, a living arrangement the Speaker may find difficult to explain in the wake of the Mark Foley Congressional page scandal.” Lawrence O’Donnell also wrote on the subject, saying, “Many chiefs of staff are close, very close, to their bosses on Capitol Hill. But none are closer than Scott Palmer is to Denny Hastert. They don’t just work together all day, they live together. There are plenty of odd couple Congressmen who have roomed together on Capitol Hill, but I have never heard of a chief of staff who rooms with his boss. It is beyond unusual. But it must have its advantages.”
Former U.S. Representative Barney Frank, who served in the House at the same time as Dennis Hastert, has accused Hastert of hypocrisy. “The rank hypocrisy of this man using his power to persecute other people for doing what he was doing. Secondly, and it is relevant to note that in terms of the hypocrisy area, you mentioned Gingrich had to quit. It turns out Gingrich was at the time having an affair with the woman he is now married who was an employee of the House Agriculture Committee. And then Livingston who was supposed to replace him had to quit because he was having an affair not just with a woman but with a lobbyist who was lobbying him. So then in an effort to get somebody, they get Hastert. The point is that all this was happening while they were impeaching Bill Clinton for having oral sex.”
Dennis Hastert is just the latest in a long line of Republican politicians who use their power to persecute gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender Americans, but then turn out to have pursued homosexuality in their own private lives. Hastert’s behavior appears to have been even worse than his predecessors in hypocrisy, because the person he had homosexual relations with was a child.
Homosexuality isn’t the big moral failing facing America. Hypocrisy and exploitation of bigotry for political advantage is the problem.