This morning I reported on the appearance of Sarah Palin in the relatively unknown community of Tupelo, Mississippi. Tupelo is the home of Fitsnews, the “brainchild of South Carolina political consultant and former gubernatorial spokesman Will Folks (a.k.a. “Sic Willie“) and a group of blazing-hot babes that may or may not exist entirely in his imagination.” Advertising the site as “unfair and imbalanced”, Fitsnews covers politics, stating, “We are hard-core fiscal conservatives”. Last summer this Tupelo blog asked the age-old question, “Is Rick Perry Gay?” I have worked hard not to focus too much on this issue, as the sexual preferences of Rick Perry are of no consequence to me except to the extent he purports to be a man of God, and as such condemns the gay life style. Even if he is heterosexual, and unfaithful to his wife, it seems that too would be evidence that he is not the holy man he purports to be.
“Stories about Perry’s alleged homosexuality are nothing new in the Lone Star State – dating back to the 1980s when he was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives. The rumors first hit the national radar in 2009 during his gubernatorial primary campaign against U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Perry wasn’t directly accused of being gay during that election, but Hutchinson’s website curiously included the term “Perry gay” in its website coding.”
It is not a requirement to run for the president to be heterosexual. However if you were gay, you’d be ill-advised to seek the GOP nomination. The Republican party is not associated with tolerance, sensitivity, or understanding of GLBT lifestyles. In fact Rick Perry has chosen to pray with people who have indicated that:
1. Oprah is a sign of the Apocalypse
2. Blackbirds are dying because of gay soldiers.
3. The Statue of Liberty is a “demonic idol”:
4. Hurricane Katrina was divine retribution for the city’s “sin”:
5. The Gay rights movement is from the “pit of hell”
6. Jesus actually opposed the minimum wage
7. Children of gay parents are like orphans of 9/11:
8. African Americans are “cursed” by homosexuals.
Rick Perry’s sexual exploits outside of marriage, with men or women, have inspired some to seek proof of the hypocrisy of Rick Perry.
Until today, I tried to refrain from pointing out the volume of gossip regarding Rick Perry’s sex life. However today the gloves come off. It’s Perry’s fault. When asked if President Obama was born in the United States. Perry was specifically asked if he is convinced Mr. Obama was born in Hawaii, as his birth certificate was released earlier this year. Perry’s response was, “I have no reason to think otherwise.” The interviewer pointed out that is not a definitive yes, and Perry said he can not know for certain. Perry said:
“I don’t have a definitive answer, because he’s never seen my birth certificate,” Perry did not elaborate about why he referenced his own birth certificate when he was asked about Mr. Obama’s.
Parade writer Lynn Sherr asked “but you’ve seen his?”
“I don’t know, have I?” Perry responded.
Perry then mentioned his recent dinner with Donald Trump and said the reality TV host told him he still does not think Obama’s birth certificate is authentic.
Under pressure, Mr. Obama in April released his “long-form” birth certificate to put the matter to rest, saying the United States will not be able to solve weighty problems “if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.” Mr. Obama had in 2008 released on the Internet his “certificate of live birth” — a short-form birth certificate provided to all Hawaiians as proof of birth in state — but that failed to quell rumors that the president was born outside of the U.S. Donald Trump was one of Mr. Obama’s loudest critics and took credit for forcing Mr. Obama to release the long-form birth certificate.
If Rick Perry can raise the question about the President’s place of birth, then we are surely entitled to raise the question about Perry’s sexual exploits…with men or women. The President has produced a certified copy of his birth certificate. I’d like to see a certified copy of a statement regarding Rick Perry’s fidelity, or lack thereof. Rumors in Texas have been abundant about Perry’s sexual orientation for many years. On Oct. 28th Governor Perry is speaking to a group in New Hampshire which is identified as a “proponent of ex-gay therapy”. The announcement of the New Hampshire appearance was viewed as humorous by some because it followed on the heels of the re-emergence of widespread rumors that Perry is secretly gay and that his wife, Anita, almost divorced him over it. The rumors that the governor’s wife caught him involved in a sexual act with another high-level male government official became so widespread several years ago that Perry denied them in an Austin newspaper story, calling them a “political smear campaign.” A spokesman for the governor has acknowledged his staff is prepared to address the rumors again should he run for the presidential nomination.
We will anxiously await Rick Perry’s remarks on the 28th. Either he will admit that he has in the past had homosexual relationships, or we will still be asking the question, “Is Rick Perry Gay?”