Mike Rogers reports on closeted Gay politicians whose actions harm the LGBT community. He had reported for years about Ken Mehlman and he was out front awarding him the "Roy Cohn" Award even before the article in the Atlantic was on the news stands.
Mehlman was one of the chief strategists for the 2004 re-election campaign of George W. Bush. It was the most homophobic campaign in history. Any gay person who was half awake during that campaign knew Ken Mehlman was gay.
Mike Rogers points out that there were three people making the decisions about the campaign. Karl Rove, George W. Bush and Ken Mehlman (RNC Chair).
George W. Bush:
1. Threatened to veto ENDA and any Hate Crimes Bill;
2. Strongly supported the movement for the Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution;
3. Orchestrated Marriage Amendments to State Constitutions, which succeed in eleven states (including Oregon).
"While teens were being told, 'Gay is bad' and are given permission to Gay Bash - our rights were being stripped away state by state." -- Mike Rogers
So now Ken Mehlman is just filled with angst for his past - "I can't change my past."
As one blogger wrote, "Come on dude, you have got to at least acknowledge that you actually hurt people. The rage against you isn't about how hard it was FOR YOU".
So he came out - good for him. He supports marriage equality - good.
The irony is that he is now to the left of President Barack Obama. Maybe you two should talk.
*note: Roy Cohn was the Chief Counsel for Joseph McCarthy during the red baiting hearings and he was a particularly vile anti-Semite and homophobe. He died in 1986 from complications due to AIDS.