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Mr. Schrock's Hypocrisy

Monday, September 6, 2004; Page A22

So we should be concerned about Rep. Edward L. Schrock's right to sexual privacy ["Outing Mr. Schrock," editorial, Sept. 2] regarding allegations that he is a homosexual? Give me a break. What about the legal and sexual privacy of the rest of the gay community? Mr. Schrock (R-Va.) has had no problem working with other conservatives to try to deny my basic rights as a gay American. The fact that he is a closet case is no big surprise and deserves no sympathy given his long campaign against gay rights.

Those of us who have had the courage to live as openly gay citizens in a hostile world owe him nothing but contempt. We have marched in too many rallies, been ridiculed and used for GOP scare tactics too often, and buried too many dead young friends to feel any sympathy for Mr. Schrock and his tendencies. Those of us in the gay community have an obligation to protect each other and especially folks still in transition from the closet, but only those who deserve that support. The 2nd District congressman is a pitiful example of the worst homophobe -- one who hates even himself.

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TERRY MANSBERGER

Annandale

While I agree with the Sept. 2 editorial on Rep. Edward L. Schrock (R-Va.), one point is incorrect. If Mr. Schrock has engaged in adultery, he has committed a crime in Virginia. Politicians are not entitled to a zone of privacy in areas of criminal activity.

Virginia politicians should follow the lead of the District and repeal the adultery law, as well as other laws that criminalize consensual sexual relations between adults in private.

BOB SUMMERSGILL

Washington


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