Troy King. Roy Ashburn. Richard Curtis. Ed Schrock. Paul Babeau. Robert Bauman. Bob Allen. Chris Myers. Phil Hinkle. Bruce Barclay. Larry Craig. All of these men were Republican politicians. They served at various levels of government. They all discussed their solid Christian beliefs, their family first values, their feelings that marriage was a sacred pact between a man and a woman. And they all were caught in gay sex scandals. And now another name can be added to the list.
Wes Goodman was a Republican state legislator for Ohio, who ran on a platform of family values. Goodman has been described as the “conscience of the conservative movement”. His website proclaimed “Healthy, vibrant, thriving, values-driven families are the source of Ohio’s proud history and the key to Ohio’s future greatness…The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting.” Goodman has consistently said that “natural marriage” occurs only between a man and a woman.
Yet Goodman was caught having sex with a man in his office. The witness to the incident reported it to who in turn reported it to House Speaker Republican Cliff Rosenberger. Rosenberger then met with Goodman, and the meeting lead to Goodman’s resignation. According to Rosenberger, during their meeting Goodman “acknowledged and confirmed the allegations”.
It is easy to imagine that after this scandal, Goodman will disappear from the public eye. Which is unfortunate, when he could atone for all the damage he has done and embrace his sexuality. If these hypocrites would follow in the footsteps of Jon Hinson, there might be some hope. Hinson was a Republican Representative from Mississippi. In 1981, Hinson was arrested for sodomy after being caught performing oral sex on a man in a public restroom. But soon after his resignation, Hinson publicly came out, and spent his life advocating for rights for the LGBTQ+ community, until his death in 1995. Apparently it is too much to ask for Republicans to learn empathy these days.