I have been reading the string of thought about various local and state politicians who are hypocritically gay in private and str8/religious Right in public. It reminds me of sitting at a local cafe and playing the "Is he or isn't he? " game. Ok.. I do that way too much. Actually I have given up on trying to find out, since I live in Lafayette, and I pretty much know all the GLBT folks.
But on the side of politicans, I think we need to be very wary. First, we have all been wrong about someone at some time. And trying to pin this label on someone-- when it is not true -- or UNPROVABLE -- seems desperate and will only engender support for the very person we want to hurt. And that is the point right?
Outing someone means you want them to suffer for being gay -- AND acting against the interests of the GLBT community. You want them to stop being able to hurt our families- which means they should lose their job or position or the support of the Right. I actually support that -- even though the person might be going through a tough time of denial and so forth -- IF they are concurrently supporting measures or stopping measures (like in Indy) which act upon our community.
BUT-- if you are going to out someone -- and now that includes the private postings/ musings on blogs and gayindy.com, since even the Indiana Legislative Forum is watching -- you'd better be DAMNED SURE you have the proof and the negatives. I personally know stories about local legislators in my own area that I wish I could prove... but simply cannot.
So, my warning would be to tread lightly on those toes unless you KNOW facts and have witnesses. Otherwise, we will once again be blindsided with an issue that takes the public focus off what we want -- full equality in employment, housing and opportunities for all GLBT Hoosiers and the ability to protect and support our families which comes through civil recognition of their status.