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President of Duke College Republicans Forced Out After Fellow Students Discover He's Gay

Justin Robinette, the Chairman of the College Republicans at Duke University, was impeached last week for “conduct unbecoming of a person in a position of leadership” according to the Daily Tarheel.

Robinette The paper reports: "Carter Boyle, the new chairman of the chapter, said Robinette disrespected members of the board, deliberately ignored members of UNC’s College Republicans, did not attend events and used the organization’s funds for personal use."

Robinette, however, says he was forced out because fellow students found out he was gay.

Said Robinette: “Comments were made directly to me and my executive board before and after the meeting concerning my sexual orientation, calling me a supporter of the faggot center, calling me ironic, calling me disgusting."

The Daily Tarheel adds:

"Cliff Satell, former vice-chairman of the university’s College Republicans and president of the Duke Conservative Union, said he attended the meeting as a neutral observer. He said both sides were at fault, but he was appalled at the way the impeachment was carried out. 'There was no debate, no opportunity for rebuttal,' Satell said. 'It was clear back room deal-making had been done.' Although several members of the organization’s executive board knew Robinette was gay, executive director Samuel Tasher found out only the weekend before the meeting took place, Satell and Robinette said. 'The fact that it went from a few people knowing to a lot of people knowing was a catalyst to his impeachment,' Satell said. 'If he wasn’t gay, he would still be chairman.' Boyle, the new chairman, said Robinette’s sexuality wasn’t linked to the impeachment. Boyle said Robinette used the chapter’s funds to buy Polo shirts and wrote them off as incidental purchases in February. 'He threatened to eliminate us from the board,' Boyle said. 'He treated us like second-class people.'”

Said Satell to the Duke Chronicle: “It was premeditated. It was set in stone before anything happened. These people, all of them, voted three weeks ago to re-elect Justin. And during the three weeks where it was discovered that he is gay... the next meeting that was held... he is impeached.”

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  1. Tee Hee. Gay Republican.

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 19, 2010 8:48:53 AM

  2. Note to Justin and to all "gay Republicans" -- the official Republican position is that being gay is “conduct unbecoming of a person in a position of leadership”.

    The Republican party is anti-gay. Period. You can be a gay conservative just fine, but you can not have any sort of self-respect and be a gay Republican.

    You just can't.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Apr 19, 2010 8:54:18 AM

  3. He was insulted by being called "ironic?" Seriously? After all of the vitriol of Limbaugh, O'Reilly, and Hannity, that's what passes for insults in the young republican camp? Talk-radio and Fox News in 20 years will suck...

    Posted by: Timothy Gabelman | Apr 19, 2010 8:58:18 AM

  4. Ah young Republicans! The future of the Republican party!

    Posted by: KevinVT | Apr 19, 2010 8:58:20 AM

  5. Robinette should send them a thank you note. The Duke club just saved this fool from years and years of being in the closet. Hey guy, don't you get it? They really hate you.

    Posted by: canddieinnc | Apr 19, 2010 8:58:27 AM

  6. They called him "ironic"?! What does that even mean (in this context, that is)? Is it Millennialspeak or something)?

    Posted by: DougChgo | Apr 19, 2010 9:01:09 AM

  7. Why don't the Republicans save time by simply banning gays outright? They can include it in that loyalty oath that they have circulating.

    Posted by: Zach | Apr 19, 2010 9:10:58 AM

  8. just another example why all gays should do as i did leave the repuklicans. they don't want us. logcabin and goproud are all just kidding themselves. the few things you may have in common with them is not worth your self respect.money views do not equal life and freedom. the repuklicans don't want us and have proved it over and over. the repuklicans don't believe in human rights for anyone other than them shelves

    Posted by: walter | Apr 19, 2010 9:13:20 AM

  9. He's at Duke, wearing Polo shirts. Almost bet Mummy & Daddy got him in, a family heritage thing. Daddy was a young Republican, and he's following in those footsteps to keep his tuition paid.

    However, his Republican brothers just saved him from the future bathroom stall/sleeping with a page/crotch grabbing the colleagues- incident that would someday have certainly derailed the career of this future Republican lawmaker would have been headed towards.

    Posted by: Rolph | Apr 19, 2010 9:16:08 AM

  10. @DougChgo

    "They called him "ironic"?! What does that even mean (in this context, that is)?"

    He's like raaa-eee-aaaain on their wedding day? :-)

    Posted by: Eugene | Apr 19, 2010 9:22:11 AM

  11. Sorry, I'm glad. Maybe now he understands why the rest of us aren't republicans! time to re-think what you've been taught, buddy.

    Posted by: Chad | Apr 19, 2010 9:27:12 AM

  12. He's cute, but I can't muster up any sympathy whatever for a gay Republican. Oxymoron.

    Posted by: Ben | Apr 19, 2010 9:29:13 AM

  13. You can't be gay and in a position of leadership? You can if you're a Republican member of Congress - happens all the time.

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 19, 2010 9:29:40 AM

  14. Well, later in life he will thank them.
    Republicans like the Catholic Church don't want us.
    I went to parochial school, went to mass before classes every day, except Saturday, about church, I still enjoy the architecture.
    When I was a young boy, we knew to be wary of Priests and what they might do with young boys, it was understood and brushed aside.

    Posted by: Rob West | Apr 19, 2010 9:32:42 AM

  15. @Ben

    "He's cute, but I can't muster up any sympathy whatever for a gay Republican. Oxymoron."

    I agree. Gay Republicans - as well as gay Christians - deserve no sympathy.

    Posted by: Eugene | Apr 19, 2010 9:32:44 AM

  16. Daily Tar Heel, three words, not two.

    Posted by: Patrick | Apr 19, 2010 9:34:01 AM

  17. If this hadn't happened he'd probably have ended up unhappily married with 2.5 kids and living a lie while running for public office.

    Posted by: bunker | Apr 19, 2010 9:41:22 AM

  18. Oh, look at him, he's adorable...! He looks like a puppy; part of me wants to adopt him -- though I suppose him referring to me as a "tax-and-spend liberal" could get a little boring after a while.

    It always amuses me when young people adopt conservative Republican viewpoints (quite frankly, it's an 'old folk's' party); even more so when those same young people discover that that their adoptive conservative Republican viewpoints manages to get themselves excluded just because they're homo..!

    Posted by: Terrance | Apr 19, 2010 9:46:39 AM

  19. "You can't be gay and in a position of leadership? You can if you're a Republican member of Congress - happens all the time."

    Sure -- for self-loathing closet cases like Mitch McConnell, Lindsay Graham, David Drier et.al.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 19, 2010 9:51:34 AM

  20. “conduct unbecoming of a person in a position of leadership”???

    What, exactly, does "leadership" in the Young Republicans consist of, then? Did he not give good enough blowjobs?

    Posted by: jomicur | Apr 19, 2010 9:53:31 AM

  21. "...calling me a supporter of the faggot center, calling me ironic, calling me disgusting."

    I don't know if he supported the "faggot" center or not but it's pretty clear that the other two charges are accurate.

    DOUGCHGO, the word "ironic" is often used to note incongruity, as in "gay Republican". This situation would fit that usage perfectly.

    As far as "disgusting", it seems clear that most Republicans consider gay people to be disgusting and I would bet that most gay people consider being a Republican, especially a gay Republican, to be disgusting.

    So that just leaves in question whether or not he supported the '"faggot" center'.

    Posted by: MichaelB | Apr 19, 2010 9:53:40 AM

  22. Republicans, they'll gladly take your money, and your vote, they just won't take you(unless it's in the bathroom at the airport). What's ironic is "gay Republican(ie: Larry Craig)", "gay Christian(ie: Ted Haggard)", "dumb ivy leaguer(ie:George Bush)".

    Posted by: Johnny U. S. Marine | Apr 19, 2010 9:56:43 AM

  23. If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.

    Posted by: GM | Apr 19, 2010 9:58:24 AM

  24. What's outrageous to me is the level of self-denial by Robinette. Was he under the assumption that once his Republican group had to confront the reality of his sexuality they'd take him to a bathhouse and all have some brotherly fun? Oh Bitch, please. Wake up, Robinette. They HATE you and people like us. Hopefully he'll be able to see the poor decisions made by his intense self-loathing. Sad.

    Posted by: J.P. | Apr 19, 2010 9:59:33 AM

  25. Boyle said. 'He treated us like second-class people.'

    Yeah, and I just bet he managed to do that with a straight face, too. Friggin' arsehole doesn't know the *meaning* of "second-class people". And these freaks have the nerve to be calling someone ELSE "ironic".

    Posted by: Nathanial | Apr 19, 2010 10:02:19 AM

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