William Gheen has gay old time at Lindsey Graham's expense

Jonathan Capehart
Copyright 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010; 6:41 AM

William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration has a beef with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). It's understandable. The Republican senator is actively working with the White House to come up with a rational and comprehensive immigration bill. And Gheen doesn't like it. So much so that at a rally on Saturday he made this bold pronouncement: "Sen. Graham, you need to come forward and tell people about your alternative lifestyle and your homosexuality. Come out of that closet, Lindsey. Come out of that log cabin closet...Look, I'm a tolerant person. I don't care about your private life, Lindsey. But as our U.S. senator I need to figure out why you're trying to sell out your own countrymen, and I need to make sure your being gay isn't it." As the kids today would say, this is ridic! Graham has said he is not gay. And I don't expect him to issue a press release restating the case in response to Gheen. So I'll take him at his word. But Gheen believes that Graham's current stance on immigration (which he says "would legalize millions of illegal immigrants and turn them into competitive workers and voters") is being driven by a desire to protect his "secret." Nevermind that the South Carolina senator's leadership on this issue is long-established and well-known. I'll spare you the lecture on my problem with "alternative lifestyle" and his being a "tolerant person." Gays and lesbians don't need to be tolerated.They need acceptance. Oops. I let that one slip. Anyway, after his harangue of Graham, Gheen said with a self-congratulatory snicker, "I'm going to take some heat on that one come Monday, you can count on that one." It's Wednesday. Sorry I'm late.

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