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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has denied rumors circulated by anti-immigration activists in South Carolina that he is a homosexual, telling The New York Times unequivocally that he is not.

In April, William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) theorized that Graham's support for immigration reform is the result of threats by liberals to expose his sexuality. "I hope this secret isn't being used as leveraged against him," Gheen said at a Tea Party rally in Greenville, S.C. "It's time for you to come out of the closet, Lindsey."

But in an interview with Robert Draper that will appear in Sunday's New York Times magazine, Draper writes that Graham, who has never married, "smirked" when asked about the rumors.

"Like maybe I'm having a clandestine affair with Ricky Martin?" Graham, 54, responds. "I know it's really gonna upset a lot of gay men -- I'm sure hundreds of 'em are gonna be jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge -- but I ain't available. I ain't gay. Sorry."

The article itself is a lengthy profile of Graham. Draper dubs him, "This Year's Maverick," because of the numerous stands he has taken since President Obama took office in 2009, including his support for closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, for comprehensive immigration reform, and for climate change legislation. Graham has backed off his support for the latter two issues, telling Draper neither will pass Congress in 2010.

In terms of his personal likes and dislikes, readers learn that Graham has a fondness for Chick-fil-A and almond schnapps, and has never owned a BlackBerry.

Perhaps most surprising of all, the new maverick predicts the swift demise of the Tea Party phenomenon and the protesters who have attacked him relentlessly in his home state since the nascent movement formed.

"The problem with the Tea Party, I think it's just unsustainable because they can never come up with a coherent vision for governing the country," Graham says. "It will die out."


Filed Under: Senate, The Capitolist

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GARY

I could care less if he is gay or not but he has turned against the right and now he is paying the price. This is his last term and he is angry with the people because they do not like his record

July 09 2010 at 2:06 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Trisha

No coherent vision? Fiscal responsibility, limited government, and strict adherence to the Constitution - no matter which group is spoken of. These are our three common threads.
I'm from SC and we are working towards replacing Lapdog Lindsey with someone who has a backbone. He isn't a Republican - he's a RINO.

July 04 2010 at 8:11 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
petbirdpro

Strange!!! Until about two years ago...I really was a fan of Graham. I suppose it was because he seemed to appear to be a Southern Conservative who really did look out for traditional American interests. Then...as primary advisor in the McCain campaign...he truly dropped the ball. I wondered then what was wrong. Now he does lean toward the liberal side of issues...and one incident really caught me off guard earlier this week. His support for Kagan was highlighted when his exchange with her appeared to be scripted...on the "How did you spend Christmas" question...and her answer drew loud laughter and applause!!!

July 03 2010 at 9:29 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
snrar

This is nothing but B S He says that the TEA PARTY MOVEMENT WILL DIE OUT Well that maybe true but come Nov. We will see how much we will make him eat his words !!!

July 02 2010 at 5:04 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
exitar01

What I want to know is who are these people who are voting against those people who say they dont care if he's gay

July 02 2010 at 2:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
robert8391

Who cares if the man is gay or not...It's his business if he is, too may nosey people in the world today. Clean out your own closet. Let the man alone. Always a trouble maker looking for someone to BASH....Enough already....

July 02 2010 at 12:14 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
AKatana

Maybe, just MAYBE if everyone stopped making a big deal out of it it (being gay or not) would no longer be an issue at all - that goes for both parties and both "sides" (gay + straight) it's not some dreaded illness, it's not "sick" it's not "wrong" in the big scheme of things it matters not who someone is attracted to or loves. I just wish people could let it go.

July 02 2010 at 9:29 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
dmgnow

I appreciate Lindsay Graham's denial that he is not gay. By saying he is not gay, he is tacitly admitting that gays actually exist. Admitting that gays actually exist, especially in a state like South Carolina is the first step in realizing that under they law, they are entitled to equal rights. Gays actually exist... and guess what? They pay taxes, too. Go Lindsay!

July 02 2010 at 9:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ohmajean

PEOPLE OF TODAY ARE FAR TOO NOSEY , PERIOD ! MAKES NO DIFFERENCE WHAT THIS SENATOR'S SEXUAL PREFERANCE MIGHT BE. HE WOULD BE THE SAME MAN, EITHER WAY, RIGHT? EVERYONE SHOULD MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS, EACH ONE HAS MORE PERSONAL PROBLEMS THAN THEY CAN SOLVE ! EACH HUMAN BEING HAS SOME SORT OF BEHAVORIAL PROBLEM TO DEAL WITH. IF YOU KNOW NOTHING GOOD TO SAY, THEN SAY NOTHING AT ALL.

July 01 2010 at 11:50 PM Report abuse +15 rate up rate down Reply
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dc walker

...I agree. It started with the Phil Donahue show and picked up with Oprah and all the other talk TV shows. Everybody has to know everything about everybody. I remember in this country when your business stayed in your own home and anybody who was interested in your business was called a busy body. Gay or not he's over 21, who cares.

July 03 2010 at 9:25 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
Tamara

Friends, my husband and I believe Lindsey is gay and I understand why he refuses too come out of the closet, it would be political suicide!

July 01 2010 at 11:22 PM Report abuse +15 rate up rate down Reply

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