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Tuesday, August 31, 2004 11:55 AM
How Pathetic
Kevin Salwen on Culture

This site rarely dabbles in politics, except occasionally to highlight how political activity interacts with the way we work. But the resignation of Rep. Ed Schrock, a Republican from Virginia, was a jolt. The 63-year-old congressman was a retired Navy officer and Vietnam veteran. His reason for quitting: allegations that he is gay. This follows, of course, the resignation of New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey in mid-August under similar circumstances.

Now I know that both these men staked out their political careers on conservative values. But it's still shocking to me that in 2004 people are quitting over this stuff. What would happen if each time a business executive was found to be gay, he or she had to quit? Sad sad sad.


Mitra - 9/2/2004 3:18:57 AM
We should clearly distinguish between resignation for being gay - obviously a bad idea - and resignation for being a hypocrite, whatever the topic - which is probably a good reason for half our politicians to resign!
Jeffrey - 9/1/2004 3:57:22 AM
McGreevey's case is more complicated thanh just being gay given the rumors of fraud swirling around him for some time. Schrock's story also ahas the added dimension of his leadership on the Federal Marriage Amendment legislation. Reducing both of these resignations to 'because they are gay' really does not do justice to the complexity of their respective circumstances.
Kate - 8/31/2004 5:55:28 PM
Sad indeed. I would think that even if you presumed that an executive or colleague's orientation was even remotely your business, you'd see that losing the gay segment would be less than beneficial to the bottom line. Interesting that if you check out this gay.com list of the top 20 gay-friendly large companies, (http://www.gay.com/business/article.html?sernum=308,) you see some of the biggest names in business including Microsoft, IBM, P&G, and Starbucks.

Further evidence of what seems to be turning into the last acceptable type of 'witch hunt' in the business and political arenas.


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