Earlier this week, Peter LaBarbera decided that all political candidates and Supreme Court nominees have an obligation to disclose if they “are practicing homosexuality or maybe they once practiced homosexuality” so that he can oppose them on the grounds that they will attack his Christian faith.
But just in case he hadn’t made it clear enough that, here he is making that point once again. Ostensibly, LaBarbera is issuing this demand to Solicitor General Elena Kagan, but his “are you now or have you ever been gay?” witch hunt clearly applies to every public official:
Given the important issues dealing with homosexuality and opposition to it that could come before the court, Kagan should answer the question of whether she has a special, personal interest in lesbianism. In the same way, any politician — especially those representing more conservative areas — should come clean on the homosexuality question, especially if it is an “open secret” or becomes the subject of wide discussion. Just as a “conservative” politician’s constituents have a right to know whether he is secretly a skirt-chaser, they have a right to know if he is practicing immoral homosexual behavior.
Our appeal to Ms. Kagan and all hiding-in-the-closet pols: answer the question — “Are you a practicing homosexual or do you consider yourself homosexual (gay)? — and move on. Homosexuals’ privacy interests do not outweigh the public’s right to know about potential conflicts-of-interest in the lives of their representatives and judges.