Another day, another Anti-Gay republican being outed.

In a Facebook post written by CBS anchor Itay Hod (who himself is gay) has just kind of, sort of, exposed republican Illinois congressman Aaron Schock as being gay.

In the post, Hod asks the question of when it is appropriate to out a closeted gay person. He argues that it should be okay if they are being hypocritical like, say, passing legislation that harms the gay community:

here’s a hypothetical: what if you know a certain GOP congressman, let’s just say from Illinois, is gay… and you know this because one of your friends, a journalist for a reputable network, told you in no uncertain terms that he caught that GOP congressman and his male roommate in the shower… together. now they could have been good friends just trying to conserve water. but there’s more. what if this congressman has also been caught by tmz cameras trolling gay bars. now what if you know that this very same guy, the darling of the gop, has also voted against repeal of don’t ask don’t tell, opposed the repeal of doma, is against gay marriage; and for the federal marriage amendment, which would add language to the us constitution banning gay marriage and would likely strike down every gay rights law and ordinance in the country?

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Pictured: Schock and his (now burned) belt

In case people weren’t able to make the connection from the clues, Hod helpfully ends his post with a link to the 7 gayest Instagram Photos of Aaron Schock from 2013.

This isn’t the first time gay rumors have trailed Schock.

Schock had in fact stated to Details magazine in 2009 that he is not gay, in a lengthy piece which noted that he is unmarried and had been the subject of rumors as far back as 2004, when he was asked the question by a Chicago newspaper.

The rumors, however, have only surfaced again and again since 2009, such as when Schock wore a flamboyant outfit – which included white jeans, a hot pink gingham shirt and a teal belt — to the White House picnic in June of 2010, immediately reigniting widespread Internet speculation and discussion about his sexual orientation. (After the online frenzy, Schock tweeted that he had “burned the belt.”) [source]

In 2011, Washington, D.C. sources close to the congressman also weighed in and said that “everyone knows” that Schock is “def gay.”

Despite this, or perhaps because of it, Schock has been working overtime to prove that he can hate gays as much as the next guy.

Just to show [how] straight he is, Schock has accumulated an antigay record that ranks with the best of the homophobes. He has opposed marriage equality, protections for same-sex bi-national couples, and repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, just to name a few, earning him a stellar 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign. [source]

He’s also given public support to noted anti-gay groups. In 2013, he sent a video of support for the Thomas More Society, a group whose primary function is to fight legal battles to prevent same-sex marriage and other kinds of “pro-gay” legislation.

It’s easy to see why Schock has been considered one of the Republican party’s leading voices against gay rights. He would probably be the kind of politician gay-hating conservatives could aspire to some day be if it wasn’t for the fact that he is (probably) gay.

The gay rumors that have plagued Schock since 2004 have never stuck. Each time, through a series of denials and anti-gay rhetoric, he has managed to remain unscathed. Still, this latest accusation will be hard to ignore.

If Schock does come out, he will have some serious explaining to do for his voting record. Ironically, the only thing he shouldn’t have to apologize for is his sexuality.

 

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