Don’t link child abuse with Christian Science healing or being “Queer.”
The hypocrisy is breathtaking in its depth …
Elizabeth Birch, former president of the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
Hastert was vehemently against gay rights and voted for a number of anti-gay laws. He voted for the “Marriage Protection Act” and in favor of a constitutional amendment to “establish that marriage shall consist of one man and one woman.” Hastert also voted against the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act”, a bill to prohibit companies from discriminating against employees “on the basis of sexual orientation.”
“I once sat in a meeting with Denny Hastert where he literally teared up in front of Judy and Dennis Shepard [Matthew’s parents] and committed to doing everything he could to pass the Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill and then literally did nothing. Didn’t lift a finger,” recalled Birch. “You should have seen this guy. He teared up, was so sincere. But when we tried to put meetings together with families to talk about what it was like to grow up LGBT and the kinds of additional stresses in places like high school and college, we could never get traction back in the district.”
New lawsuit says former speaker Dennis Hastert sexually assaulted fourth grader
The suit was filed in a suburban Chicago court for a man using the pseudonym Richard Doe. It alleges Hastert abused him after the boy stopped during a bicycle ride to use the restroom in the 1970s in Yorkville, Ill., where Hastert was a high school wrestling coach, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The former Republican Illinois congressman, 75, has nearly completed a 15-month sentence for breaking banking law in trying to pay $3.5 million in hush money to one victim, referred to in filings in the criminal case as “Individual A.” Previous accusers had been in high school.
Hastert’s attorney didn’t immediately return messages from The Associated Press on Sunday seeking comment. A hearing in the case is set for Tuesday.
Doe began crying when he recognized Hastert during gym at Yorkville Grade School weeks later as the man who abused him, the suit filed Friday in Kendall County Circuit Court says. The grade school is next to Yorkville High School, where Hastert worked.
The suit says Doe “was traumatized, repressed the sexual assault by Hastert, and was intimidated into silence.” He says both Hastert and then-Kendall County State’s Attorney Dallas Ingemunson warned the boy not to make the accusations public.
Reached Saturday by the DeKalb Daily Chronicle, Ingemunson told the newspaper that “all these things (the new accuser) is saying are untrue.” He added: “I have no idea what he’s talking about.”
The suit was filed by the same Chicago law firm that filed a lawsuit against Hastert for Individual A, the Dekalb paper reported.