11 anti-gay preachers who got caught doing very gay things
Have you ever wondered whether, in fact, some of those really anti-gay preachers and politicians are actually over-compensating?
Through the years some very anti-gay people have been caught seeming to do some very gay things.
1. George Rekers
Baptist minister George Rekers founded the Family Research Council, the vehemently anti-LGBT and very powerful lobbying group in the US. He really didn’t want gays to get rights, and was considered one of America’s biggest homophobes.
Then he was spotted hopping off a flight in Miami with a guy said to be off RentBoy.com. The profile of the guy in question touted his “smooth, sweet, tight ass” and “perfectly built 8 inch cock (uncut)”. He was “up for anything” — as long you ask first. And as long as you pay.
He claimed the boy was just there to carry his luggage. Which seemed unlikely.
2. Steve Wiles
The GOP’s own Steve Wiles campaigned on his strong support for North Carolina’s anti-same sex marriage law, when that was still a thing. He made no secret of having anti-LGBT views.
Then it was revealed he had been a promoter for the Miss Gay America pageant and worked as a drag queen. But he said he had turned his back on the “gay lifestyle” because it made him uncomfortable.
3. Mark Foley
This politician voted against same-sex marriage, among other votes where he used his power to stop LGBT people having rights.
It was then reported that he had been sending emails and instant messages to teen boys that weren’t about legislative process. The FBI investigated the claims, given that the boys were 16 and 18, but said they had insufficient evidence. Foley said that he had never “ever had inappropriate sexual contact with a minor in his life,” but his political career was finished. He was last seen sat behind Donald Trump at a rally.
4. Ted Haggard
Pastor Ted Haggard of the New Life Church backed a ban on same-sex marriage in Colorado. He was once one of America’s most charismatic and powerful evangelical leaders, with an audience of more than 30 million people. He even began counseling foreign dignitaries and consulting on a weekly basis with President George W. Bush.
Things got rockier when a male sex worker told everyone the pastor had been a regular of his for three years…
5. Glenn Murphy Junior
Mr Murphy had got far, fast, becoming national chair of the Young Republicans. He regularly spoke out about why he supported traditional family units and was good about the whole gay thing.
He ended up in prison after he was found guilty of giving non-consensual oral sex to another man while he was asleep.
6. Eddie Long
Pastor Long was forever on TV waxing lyrical about how wrong homosexuality is. He was a big fan of so-called “homosexual cure” programme and often promoted them on his TV shows.
Then four guys sued him for allegedly coercing them into sex. The whole thing was settled out of court, which made people think there was truth to it. Pastor Long’s wife said she wanted a divorce after the scandal. But then she decided to return to her marriage, so that she could offer her experience and guidance to others.
7. Philip Hinkle
This Indiana State Representative disliked gay rights so much that he backed a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman in a bid to block same-sex marriage ever happening.
He then allegedly tried to pay an 18-year-old boy he met on Craigslist to have sexual relations with him, according to emails reported in the Indy Star. Hinkle subsequently is reported as trying to buy the boy’s silence with an iPad, a BlackBerry, and $100 cash.
8. Bruce Barkley
The Pennsylvania County Commissioner was accused of raping a 20-year-old man in 2008. Although those allegations turned out to be false, during a search of his house, police uncovered hundreds of videos of him engaging in sexual activity with male prostitutes.
He later admitted to taping as many as 500 encounters, all of which were done without the consent of men in the video.
9. Bob Allen
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As a member of the Florida House of Representatives, he had a voting record that sided with the Christian Coalition – an anti-gay group that promote discrimination against LGBT people.
Yet, in 2007, he made headlines because he offered an undercover male police officer oral sex in exchange for, er, $20.
10. Larry Craig
The former Republican Senator served in the US Senate for 18 years and was in favour or the Federal Marriage Amendment, as well as opposing gay rights more generally. He went out of his way to be against gay rights.
He was arrested in 2007 for trying to have sex with an undercover male police officer in Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport. Feels like there’s a theme here.
11. Edward Shrock
During his time in Congress he opposed anything that was gay. That included everything from same-sex marriage to repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’.
However, in 2004, during a campaign for a third term he was forced to drop out of the race because a video emerged of him trying to solicit sex from a gay prostitute.