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Published:August 26th, 2010 13:59 EST
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Former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman Comes Out Of The Closet

By Robert Paul Reyes

Ken Mehlman, President Bush`s campaign manager in 2004 and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has told family and associates that he is gay.

Mehlman arrived at this conclusion about his identity fairly recently, he said in an interview. He agreed to answer a reporter`s questions, he said, because, now in private life, he wants to become an advocate for gay marriage and anticipated that questions would arise about his participation in a late-September fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the group that supported the legal challenge to California`s ballot initiative against gay marriage, Proposition 8."

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Mehlman claims to have arrived at this conclusion about his sexual identity fairly recently, but anyone who has seen him on TV arrived at that conclusion years ago. I don`t mean to imply that all gays and lesbians can be identified as homosexual by their mannerism and expressions, but the way some men carry themselves just screams "I`m gay."

In another part of that same interview Mehlman stated: It`s taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life. The truth is that Mehlman has known for decades that he`s gay, but he was too cowardly to come out of the closet earlier when it would have had a much greater impact.

It would have been a big boost for gay rights if Mehlman has come out of the closet when he was the Republican National Chairman. I have little respect for gays and lesbians like Ricky Martin and Ken Mehlman who come out after they are no longer in the spotlight.

When Ricky Martin finally admitted that he was gay (as if nobody knew), most people didn`t think: How brave and noble!They said to themselves: What a wimp, he`s desperate for publicity to resuscitate his moribund career.

But better late than never, and Mehlman should dedicate the rest of his political career to fighting homophobia and advance the cause of human rights.

Mehlman can start by convincing his fellow Republicans to stop demonizing gays and lesbians.

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