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Studds, 1st openly gay congressman, dies


Associated Press Writer October 15, 12:24 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) - Former Rep. Gerry Studds, who became the first openly gay member of Congress when his homosexuality was exposed during a teenage page sex scandal, died early Saturday. He was 69.

(ap) - Interesting... Gerry Studds is a DemocRAT... Notice the lake of (D) at the end of his name, or "Democrat Congressman" at the beginning?... The "Rep.", which is short for "Representative" is also a nice touch, AP... Leads the Ignorant to believe that he might be a Republican. How in the Hell can the AP Justify leaving out Studds' (D) Party Affiliation? Go and check the "Politics" section of any AP Affiliate and notice that at the first Reference of a Politician, his/her Party Affiliation is always called out. I searched this story via the AP when it came out, and found Numerous Examples of this same Tactic. Today, when I searched again, New York Times AP version included his Party Affiliation... An oversight, I am sure, but when FOXNews Accidentally puts a (D) after Foley's (R) name in a Caption, while calling him a Republican, that's "Scandalous" and an Example of the Bias that is Inherent at "FauxNews". This is a Rare Occasion that I have read this, and other AP stories before Commenting on them, but this Story goes Further to Illustrate the AP's Bias than just simply Omitting the (D) from Studds. When Foley (R) is brought up in this Story by the AP, they Clarify his Party Affiliation. It's no Accident that Studds was left only with the Impression that he might be a (Rep)ublican at the beginning of this story, while Foley (R) is Specifically called out as one. Classic Campaigning for the DemocRATS at Election time once again, AP. - tha malcontent)

Studds died at Boston Medical Center several days after he collapsed while walking his dog, his husband said. Doctors determined his loss of consciousness was due to a blood clot in his lung, Dean Hara said.

Studds regained consciousness and seemed to be improving, but his condition deteriorated Friday because of a second blood clot. The origin of the second clot was not immediately determined, said Hara, who married Studds shortly after same-sex marriage was legalized in Massachusetts in 2004.

Hara said Studds gave courage to gay people by winning re-election after publicly acknowledging his homosexuality.

"He gave people of his generation, of my generation, of future generations, the courage to do whatever they wanted to do," said Hara, 49.

Studds was first elected in 1972 and represented Cape Cod and the Islands, New Bedford, and the South Shore for 12 Congressional terms. He retired from Congress in 1997.

In his early career, Studds was known for opposing the Vietnam War and military intervention in Central America. Studds later became an advocate for a stronger federal response to the AIDS crisis and was among the first members of Congress to endorse lifting the ban on gays serving in the military.

In 1983, Studds acknowledged his homosexuality after a 27-year-old man disclosed that he and Studds had had a sexual relationship a decade earlier when the man was a teenage congressional page.

The House of Representatives censured Studds, who then went home to face his constituents in a series of public meetings.

At the time, Studds called the relationship with the teenage page, which included a trip to Europe, "a very serious error in judgment." But he did not apologize and defended the relationship as a consensual relationship with a young adult. The former page later appeared publicly with Studds in support of him.

The scandal recently resurfaced when Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., resigned after exchanging sexually explicit instant messages with a page. Republicans accused Democrats of hypocrisy for savaging Foley while saying little about Studds at that time.

(There it is... In one line they call Mark Foley a (R)epublican and Fail to call Studds a (D)emocRAT... Classic! - tha malcontent)

Hara said Studds was never ashamed of the relationship with the page.

"This young man knew what he was doing," Hara said. "He was at (Studds') side."

Studds told his colleagues in a speech on the floor of the House that everyone faces a daily challenge of balancing public and private lives.

"These challenges are made substantially more complex when one is, as am I, both an elected public official and gay," Studds said at the time.

In Congress, Studds was an outspoken advocate for the fishing industry and was hailed by his constituents for his work establishing a limit for foreign fishing vessels 200 miles from the coast. After leaving Congress, he became a lobbyist for the fishing industry and environmental causes.

"His work on behalf of our fishing industry and the protection of our waters has guided the fishing industry into the future and ensured that generations to come will have the opportunity to love and learn from the sea," Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., said in a statement. "He was a steward of the oceans."


(Does that make Tedward the "Steward of the Bridges of Troubled Waters"?... Sorry, I couldn't help myself! - tha malcontent)

In 1996, Congress named the 842-square-mile Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary after him in recognition of his work protecting the marine environment.

In addition to Hara, Studds is survived by a brother, a sister and four nephews.

(One final Comment... I noticed that the AP basically Excused the Child Molestation of a High School Page with the "It's tough being a Homosexual in Public Office" Filth that Studds Spewed... Not Countering that Filth, is Condoning it, AP.  If you had any Shame! - tha malcontent)




Various AP Source lacking Party Affiliation for Studds (D):


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