“The hypocrisy is breathtaking in its depth,”
Elizabeth Birch, former president of the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
“Leave aside from the fact the illegitimate nature of the fact that it was a teacher-student relationship that should not have happened,” said Frank, who added that it seemed Hastert may have been bisexual. “But the gay sex in itself obviously, it was something which back then was considered so scandalous that Hastert couldn’t do it in an — in a kind of an open way.”
“People like Dennis Hastert wouldn’t be subject to the same kind of temptations and pressures today,” Frank added. “A man who had those feelings, a man who has those feelings can express them more openly. And it is a reminder of the price everybody in society paid, not just the individual, for prejudice.”
Dennis Hastert sex scandal widens with allegations from a second accuser
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Now, allegations regarding a second victim are being made.
Meanwhile, questions are being raised about why Hastert as Speaker apparently did nothing in the face of reports that a fellow Republican in Congress had made improper sexual advances on underage male pages.
Charges that Hastert himself sexually abused a second high school boy during the time when Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School near Chicago come from the alleged victim’s sister.
Dennis Hastert Hid His Skeletons As He Helped Push GOP’s Anti-Gay Agenda
Hastert wasn’t a strident culture warrior during his time in Congress. But he was a vital cog in the anti-gay political machinery that the GOP deployed for political benefit. And now it appears his involvement carried the same elements of duplicity and deceit as that of other Republican operatives of that era.
“The hypocrisy is breathtaking in its depth,” said Elizabeth Birch, former president of the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
As speaker of the House from 1999 to 2007, Hastert didn’t just go along and vote the party line on various bills; he decided which pieces of legislation made it to the floor for a vote. During his tenure, he was a clear foe of the LGBT community.
That Hastert was allegedly hiding a sordid past wasn’t known at the time, though rumors were beginning to spread. Still, those who lobbied on the bill picked up odd clues that hold more meaning now.
“I once sat in a meeting with Denny Hastert where he literally teared up in front of Judy and Dennis Shepard [Matthew’s parents] and committed to doing everything he could to pass the Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill and then literally did nothing. Didn’t lift a finger,” recalled Birch. “You should have seen this guy. He teared up, was so sincere. But when we tried to put meetings together with families to talk about what it was like to grow up LGBT and the kinds of additional stresses in places like high school and college, we could never get traction back in the district.”
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