Studds, 1st openly gay
By JAY LINDSAY
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
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
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
(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."
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
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
Various AP Source lacking Party Affiliation for Studds
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