How Cory Booker overcame his hatred of gays

As pastor Louie Giglio bows out of President Obama's inaugural ceremony over his anti-gay comments, the Stanford Daily has republished a college editorial by Newark Mayor Cory Booker in which he reveals his past "disgust and latent hostility" towards gays and how he overcame it. 

"I was disgusted by gays," Booker wrote in the 1992 editorial, published in the Stanford Daily. "The thought of two men kissing each other was about as appealing as a frontal lobotomy."

Then, as a freshman, Booker met Daniel Bao, a gay counselor at Stanford’s peer counseling group The Bridge. Bao "quickly disarmed me with his personal testimony," Booker wrote. "[I]t didn't take me long to realize that the root of my hatred did not lie with gays but with myself."

Booker is exploring a campaign for the seat held by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). Lautenberg has not yet announced whether or not he plans to retire. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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