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8.30.2004

Out of the closet? 

Representative Ed Schrock (R-VA) is pulling the plug on his bid for a third term, citing "unspecified allegations" that have called into question his ability to govern. Notably, Schrock was a co-sponsor of the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment.

The rumor is that he solicited gay sex outside of his marriage, and it started here. The AP didn't mention these rumors in its initial press release. Perhaps the author is skeptical of the rumor, though that hasn't stopped the crowd at Daily Kos from screaming about media bias during the week of the RNC.

Suppose that these rumors are true, and suppose that Schrock is in fact gay. Of course Schrock must be responsible for his own behavior...but I also have to wonder if decades of cultural homophobia (I don't like the word, but I can't think of a replacement here) might have intimidated a gay man into this sort of behavior. Sure it's shameful that Schrock lived a sham marriage for all these years, but it's also shameful that a man felt like he had to do so in order to be electable. You know, people see a man in his 40s or 50s who's never married, and they start to wonder...

Of course, maybe Schrock really married his wife in good faith. That is, he's not experiencing a crisis of sexual identity here; he's just a cheating bastard.

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