Re: Exit Barney Frank

by Kevin D. Williamson

As a number of readers have pointed out, it would have been more accurate in our editorial to have described Rep. Barney Frank as the first member of Congress to have voluntarily come out as gay; Rep. Gerry Studds, who was obliged to admit his homosexuality during the 1983 House page scandal, remained in Congress for many more years.

Another reader reminds us that Representative Frank was not the first congressman to be caught in a gay-prostitution scandal. That particular distinction belongs to Maryland Republican Robert Bauman, who was charged with soliciting sex from a 16-year-old male prostitute. The charges were later dropped.

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