Daily Archives: October 14, 2006

The facts are not in dispute:

“BOSTON, Oct. 14 (AP) — Former Representative Gerry Studds, the first openly gay person elected to Congress, died early Saturday. He was 69.
Mr. Studds collapsed on Oct. 3 while walking his dog because of what doctors later determined was a blood clot in his lung, said his husband, Dean Hara.”

Do my eyes deceive me? “said his husband”? Three words never to be concieved much less allowed at the NYT in the era of Abe Rosenthal. But there they are.

“Mr. Studds regained consciousness in the hospital and seemed to be improving. He was scheduled to be transferred to a rehabilitation center, but his condition deteriorated on Friday and he died at about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, Mr. Hara said.
Mr. Hara married Mr. Studds shortly after gay marriage was legalized in Massachusetts in 2004.”

And has been in considerable dispute everywhere else ever since. Though the NYT this very day discloses that the opposition may be losing its force.

“Mr. Studds was first elected in 1972 and represented Cape Cod and the Islands, New Bedford and the South Shore for 12 Congressional terms.
In 1983, Mr. Studds acknowledged his homosexuality after a former Congressional page revealed he had had a relationship with Mr. Studds a decade earlier.
Mr. Studds, a Democrat, was censured by the House for having sexual relations with the page. He acknowledged having sex with a 17-year-old male page in 1973 and making sexual advances to two others and admitted an error in judgment, but he did not apologize.”

Play It Again Sam: “but he did not apologize” and Sing Out Louise!

“Mr. Studds then went home to his constituents to answer questions in a series of public meetings and interviews with the press.
He defended the relationship as a consensual relationship with a young adult. The page later appeared publicly with Mr. Studds in support of him.”

Unlike some other pages of recent vintage we could mention.

“Despite the official admonition, he was re-elected to the House six more times. He retired from Congress in 1997.”

“he was re-elected to the House six more times.”

“Mr. Studds’s case recently resurfaced when former Representative Mark Foley, a Republican, resigned after exchanging sexually explicit instant messages with a page.
Republicans accused Democrats of hypocrisy for savaging Mr. Foley but saying little about Mr. Studds at that time.
Mr. Hara said Mr. Studds was never ashamed of the relationship with the page.
“This young man knew what he was doing,” Mr. Hara said.”

And so does this gay widower.

“Mr. Studds left Congress and became a lobbyist for the fishing industry and environmental causes.
In 1996, Congress named the 842-square mile Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, which sits at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay, after him in recognition of his work protecting the marine environment.”

What we need is a Gerry Studds to protect the human environment.