Pervgate

The congressional page scandal's proving the straw that breaks the elephant's back, and Congressman Jim Kolbe's got explaining to do

Studds was the gay Massachusetts congressman who was censured after he was exposed for having an affair with a teenage House page in the early '70s.

Studds eventually rehabilitated himself, settled down and married another man in Massachusetts.

When the former congressman died, his surviving spouse was denied Studds' pension because of the federal DOMA that both Kolbe and Foley endorsed.

The House ethics committee's now targeted Jim Kolbe's behavior with congressional pages.
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The House ethics committee's now targeted Jim Kolbe's behavior with congressional pages.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert (left), shown with Kolbe (third from left) at an unrelated press conference, has been accused of covering up for Foley.
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House Speaker Dennis Hastert (left), shown with Kolbe (third from left) at an unrelated press conference, has been accused of covering up for Foley.

Don't miss this point, which may be the most important of this sorry saga: These two hypocrites — who appear to be almost as guilty as Studds of inappropriate behavior with pages — were such party hacks that they voted against their own kind.

These two confessed homosexuals voted in lockstep to penalize gays and lesbians for committing to mature, loving relationships. That it ought to be the other way around wasn't even obvious to them.

Gays and lesbians who behave like adults get stripped of their rights and their financial security. Those who behave like Foley and Kolbe get elected to Congress.

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