Republican Senator Lindsay Graham is denying he is a homosexual after the leader of one of America’s largest anti-illegal-immigration groups called on him to “come out of that log cabin closet.”
William Gheen, head of the anti-illegal-immigration group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), made the call at a Tea Party rally in South Carolina back in April, where Graham is Senator.
Being gay is “a secret that Lindsey Graham has,” Gheen told the crowd, alleging that fear of being outed is forcing the South Carolina Senator to be the largest Republican proponent of blanket amnesty for millions of illegals living in America.
“I hope this secret isn’t being used as leverage over Senator Graham, so today I think Senator Graham, you need to come forward and tell people about your alternative lifestyle and your homosexuality,” Gheen said.
“Barney Frank is more honest and brave than you.”
The 52-year-old, life-long bachelor has been the center of gay rumors for years, notes The Charleston City Paper. Speculation about Graham’s sexuality has risen this week due to his overly warm reception to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, who is widely believed to be a lesbian. Some speculate that Graham has been so welcoming to her out of “kinship” and that she will eventually become the deciding vote should the issue of gay marriage comes before the Court.
Graham flatly denied the accusation. “I know it’s really gonna upset a lot of gay men– I’m sure hundreds of ‘em are gonna be jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge– but I ain’t available. I ain’t gay. Sorry,” he told The New York Times.
The Senator also denied he is gay during a 2007 interview with GQ Magazine, explaining that he is “just a loner.”
Whether Graham is actually gay or not will not affect his popularity among South Carolina voters, notes political science professor Jack Bass.
“South Carolina voters are far more interested in the performance of elected politicians than in issues of personal privacy,” Bass says. “I believe Lindsey Graham is widely respected by South Carolina voters as an independent voice who stands up for what he believes in.”