Mike Rogers, the Washington, D.C.-based LGBT advocate best known for outing closeted gay politicians who publicly oppose and vote against LGBT equality, struck again yesterday, outing anti-gay Wyoming Republican Senator John Barrasso on Twitter.
When blogger Will Kohler of Back2Stonewall asked him for a statement, Rogers replied, "My tweets stand on their own."
Rogers, whom the Washington Post once called "the most feared man on [Capitol] Hill" for his work outing hypocritical anti-gay politicians, has a spotless track record. He's behind many of the most prominent outings of the past ten years, including Larry Craig, Mark Foley, David Dreier, Ken Mehlman, Edward Schrock, Ed Koch, and Charlie Crist. Rogers was also the lead subject of Outrage, a documentary film by Kirby Dick about politicians who are secretly gay in private yet speak out against LGBT rights in public.
Sen. Barrasso (Facebook, Twitter), a 61-year-old, divorced and remarried Presbyterian father of three, has a long history of homophobia. According to the Washington Post, Barrasso bragged in 2004:
I believe in limited government, lower taxes, less spending, traditional family values, local control and a strong national defense...
In the state Senate, in addition to receiving an 'A' rating from the NRA, I have voted for prayer in schools, against gay marriage and have sponsored legislation to protect the sanctity of life.
Despite allegedly being a gay man, both of Barrasso's spouses have been female.
David Badash notes that Barrasso earned a zero percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign, voted against the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and voted to oppose the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act this year, when the bill included protections for LGBT people and Native Americans for the first time.