As the Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday, determining the fate of same-sex marriage in the United States, we turn now to Fargo, North Dakota where a state-level Republican politician who actively votes against LGBT rights was caught sending explicit photos of himself to another man via the popular Grindr dating app.
Wait for it.
The Republican's name is Rep. Randy Boehning (R-Fargo). That's right, Randy Boehning, an anti-gay legislator who's repeatedly voted against anti-discrimination legislation, has been caught soliciting other men via Grindr. Randy. Boehning. His Grindr handle? "Top Man!" [Exclamation mark his.]
21-year-old Dustin Smith informed The Forum website about the photo, but Boehning insists that it's somehow political payback from another member of the state legislature for voting against the anti-discrimination bills. Now, Boehning is officially out:
"That's what gay guys do on gay sites, don't they?" Boehning said. "That's how things happen on Grindr. It's a gay chat site. It's not the first thing you do on that site. That's what we do, exchange pics on the site."
Boehning, who is not married, said there are people who know he is gay, but many of his family members and friends do not. He said Saturday he is also attracted to women and was relieved to come out because he no longer has to worry about being outed.
Of course, there's nothing wrong with what Boehning did, in and of itself, but as with most Republicans who vote against LGBT equality, it's the hypocrisy, stupid. Like always. And that appears to be the source of the internal threat from a Capitol staffer.
[L]awmakers from both parties have told him a gay Republican staffer at the Capitol who had been in contact with Boehning on Grindr since his last run for office had warned Boehning "there could be consequences for the hypocrisy of [his] vote," Boschee said.
And while forcing someone out of the closet before they personally decide to do so is dicey and, in some cases, dangerous, this episode highlights the GOP's inconsistency on an entire list of issues beginning with its clearly artificial "family values" platform plank, as well as its ongoing effort to shrink government while incongruously forcing government into women's vaginas, as well as into the bedrooms and wedding venues of LGBT citizens. At the end of the day, Boehning appears to be happy to be out, which case, good for him. It's fair to wonder, however, whether he'll continue to vote against his own liberty. And why.