Is anti-gay U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Illinois, actually gay? According to a report by the Miami Herald on Jan.4, the politician who openly opposed marriage equality was outed on Facebook by a gay former CBS Logo journalist and what he has posted has gone viral.
Schock is often picked at for his wardrobe, so some gay media sites are having fun with this one. According to the report, Italy Hod expressed his need to out the GOP congressman with the following post that appeared on Facebook:
"People always say, no one has the right to out anyone. That coming out is a private matter. I disagree. As you can imagine, not a very popular opinion. But bear with me.
Here's a hypothtical: 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."
In a lengthy post, Hod goes on to suggest that the GOP congressman in question has been caught trolling gay bars. His reasoning for feeling the need to out the congressman stems from the hypocritical nature of the politician's stance against the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the repeal of "don't ask don't tell" and his open opposition against gay marriage.
Hod feels the media and the public has the right to be away of such hypocrisy. He goes on to say in the post:
"If we keep saying that being gay is genetic; ergo, it's no different than having blue eyes or blonde hair...than we are not allowed to mention it? Why do we need anyone's consent to talk about their sexuality? Are we not allowed to say someone has blue eyes until they post a fb message telling us they are in fact blue?"
Although Hod does back up his reasoning for the need to out the GOP congressman, assumed to be Aaron Schock, it is still Schock's personal business which he will undoubtedly have to address himself. If it is true, his political value will come in to question, not because he is gay, but because he is presenting himself in public to be one person while living a completely different life, a life that he supposedly is so much against.
As of Saturday, Schock has not responded to the Facebook post, but has previously addressed gay rumors. when asked about his sexuality at the 2012 Republican National Convention, Schock told HuffPost Gay Voices Editor-at-Large Michaelangelo Signorile:
"Those questions are completely ridiculous and inappropriate...I've said [I'm straight] before and I don't think it's worthy of further response. I think you can look it up."