53 House GOP Sign on to Anti-Gay Witch Hunt Against Kevin Jennings

Alexander
Aderholt
Akin
Austria
Bachmann
Bachus
Bartlett
Barton
Boozman
Broun
Brown, H.
Carter
Chaffetz
Coffman
Cole
Conaway
Davis, Geoff
Fallin
Fleming
Foxx
Franks
Garrett
Gingrey
Gohmert
Hunter
Issa
Jordan
Lamborn
Latta
Luetkemeyer
Marchant
McClintock
McHenry
McKeon
McMorris
Mica
Miller, J.
Myrick
Neugebauer
Olson, P.
Pence
Pitts
Posey
Rogers (AL)
Rooney
Ryan, Paul
Shuster
Smith, C
Smith, L.
Wamp
Westmoreland
Jones, Walter

Comments

  1. Rafael says

    This type of representation in the House is simply unacceptable and I can only hope for their constituencies to hold them accountable, not for going after Mr. Jennings (which is bad enough) but for not doing anything constructive with their tenures.

    Now onto Representative Frank:

    “they have this anti-gay view that they understand is becoming less and less popular with the public”

    Not thanks to you Sir, in fact, in despise thereof.

  2. Darren says

    Heh, well nothing is going to be done until Congress writes a bill to fire the guy. We’ve already seen the white house doesn’t respond to letters with signatures, now do they?

  3. Shane says

    My roommate and I got into it about this – he said they were just going after him because of how poorly he handled that 15 yo boy getting molested (and he did fuck that up by not reporting it). Now I can say “I fucking told you so!”

  4. Mike says

    The young man was 16 at the time of his conversation with Jennings – the legal age of consent in MA.There was no molestation even if he had been 15 because it was consensual.There’s a huge difference between being molested/sexually assaulted and consenting to sex .And if we’re totally honest most 15 year olds are sexually active.Jennings is being smeared,pure & simple

  5. Warren says

    The boy was 16 and in MA that is legal age for consensual sex, which the “boy” has made clear it was.

    And by the way even today if you are of age by your states law an authority figure of any kind can not report consensual sex to anyone.

  6. says

    Shane, your roommate is buying into right wing McCarthyism and has no clue what he’s talking about.

    As others have pointed out, the student was 16 and the experience he was describing to Kevin Jennings was consensual, clearly not molestation. The student–now an openly gay adult–has confirmed that Kevin Jennings helped him not hurt him.

    The irony is that what the right wants to do–remove any discussion of anti-gay bullying from the schools and keep gay kids invisible–is to maintain the type of atmosphere in schools that once drove teenagers to seek out sexual experiences with adults because they had no peers.

    Kevin Jennings has devoted his career to making sure gay kids can be open enough to find each other and have the kind of safe dating experiences with their peers that straight kids take for granted. Yet the right rarely gets called on the direct harm their smear tactics inflicts on gay kids.

  7. John says

    This is a pointless gesture. And I’m sure they’re not aware of it because nobody in Congress ever reads the constitution, but none of these people can even write up legislation to fire Jennings.

    They’re members of the House. Only senators have “advice and consent” powers. Just as all measures related to appropriations and taxation must originate in the House of Representatives, all matters related to presidential appointments must originate in the Senate.

  8. says

    “The 15 year-old situation” is what’s been debunked. No sexual contact of any kind took place.

    Even if it had, it still wouldn’t have been illegal, because the young man in question was 16 at the time, which is the age of consent in the state.

  9. mike says

    The comments here are correct: it was a consensual relationship between an older man (30 something) and a consenting, legal-age younger man. Actually, Jennings advice for what it was worth was correct: a sexually active young man being advised to “play safe”. The guy would continue to have sex, no matter what. He might as well be counseled on safe-sex practices. That only makes sense, then and now.

    Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly, Limbaugh, Coulter, Malkin, Ingraham, Savage, 700 Club, et al, are running with this for all its worth. Their clamour will surely rise in the days to come. The only weapons we have are the facts and the truth. What worries me is the that Pres. Obama or his henchman, Rahm Immanuel, will punk out. Stand firm!

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