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Thursday, January 26, 2006

So what?

Simon Hughes has admitted he has had male & female partners in the past. So what? In what way does that affect his ability to lead a major political party in the UK?

They have (I assume) all been consenting adults. Both hetrosexual and homosexual sex are legal here. Non-marital sex is legal here. Why should it be an issue who he has slept with, when, where, how many times, or what exactly he did?

Clever him for coming straight out and saying it. It's one of the reasons he's my choice for the next leader of the Liberal Party. Lets hope the media doesn't make this into something it isn't!

6 Comments:

  • At Thursday, January 26, 2006 12:04:00 pm, Blogger CyberKitten said…

    Apparently they'll making a bit of a meal of the fact that he denied his orientation/sexual history twice... publically....

    Not that it's anyones business... and as you say hardly affects his ability to govern a political party or the country for that matter...

     
  • At Thursday, January 26, 2006 12:36:00 pm, Anonymous Angie said…

    I wanted to come by and visit and say thank you for visiting me. :-)

     
  • At Thursday, January 26, 2006 1:25:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    He denied that he was gay, and suggested he wouldn't mind getting married if he found anyone worth marrying.

    OK, it's not quite "coming out", but it's not a lie either, since he's obviously Bi (the best of both worlds, I'm sure it's the way we should be!)

     
  • At Thursday, January 26, 2006 8:20:00 pm, Blogger Random said…

    I'm with Cyberkitten on this (sorry CK:-)) - it isn't the fact he's gay that's the big scandal it's the fact he's been caught red-handed lying for political advantage. That and the fact that the media are all over the Liberals at the moment.

    That said, I looked at his wikipedia entry to find out more, and I have to say my jaw dropped. Did you know he first came to office in the Bermondsey by-election of 1983 and the Labour candidate defending the seat that Hughes beat was the gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell? And furthermore that Hughes campaigned as the "Straight Choice" and that his campaign sent male campaign workers around the constituency wearing "I've been kissed by Peter Tatchell" badges?

    Do you still think it's wrong that somebody like that should get a deal of grief when he comes out of the closet?

     
  • At Thursday, January 26, 2006 8:59:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    I remember the campaign well, and notwithstanding the fact that I would chose Simon Hughes over Peter Tatchell any day (I've met Peter Tatchell, there is no way that man should ever be allowed near to the decision-making side of politics), Simon Hughes apologised to Peter Tatchell & ijn public after the campaign for the "misplaced exuberance" shown by some party workers. As a new candidate he didn't necessarily have complete control over the campaign, and there was NO SUCH THING as a clean campaign in the 80's!

    Of course, if you want to ask Peter Tatchell about Simon Hughes ability to work in British politics, apparently "Mr Tatchell has himself said it is time to forgive and forget and is urging Liberal Democrats to elect Mr Hughes as their leader."

    So yes, i still think it's irrelevant who, what, when or where he has sex.

    And you know it's illegal to ask me my sexual preferences, living arrangements or family commitments at a job interview, why is it so important to ask him his?

     
  • At Thursday, January 26, 2006 10:50:00 pm, Blogger Dave said…

    The problem is not that he is bi/gay but that he flatly denied being gay twice only last week. Being gay is fine being a liar is not.

     

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