I love a good ol’ fashioned gay scandal. But nothing makes me more excited to learn more about it when it involves someone who is a public figure and has opposed gay rights and issues. Thanks to NY Mag’s Daily Intel, we can take a look at some of the nation’s best gay scandals and the excuses for why they happened or… didn’t happen.
These are six of the best gay scandals that we’ve seen featuring state representatives, megachurch superstars, senators and lawmakers. When you’re in hot water, you’ll say anything to get out of it, and these men did just that. However, their excuses weren’t that viable, especially to us gays who really know how things like Grindr and RentBoy.com work. Check out some of the best (or worst) excuses for a gay scandal below.
6. METH & A MASSAGE
Megachurch preacher Ted Haggard initially claimed that his relationship with male prostitute Mike Jones was totally innocent — Jones had merely sold him meth and given him a massage.
5. INNOCENT CHITCHAT
Indiana state lawmaker Phil Hinkle claims that he doesn’t know why he met an 18-year-old man in a hotel room recently after arranging the rendezvous on Craigslist, but that the two merely talked of “baseball and the view.”
4. WIDE STANCE
Former Idaho senator Larry Craig famously blamed a wide stance for inadvertently signaling to his next-door stall neighbor (who turned out to be a police officer) that he wanted to engage in some bathroom sex. (In reality, Craig’s exact phrase was that he is a “wide guy,” which may actually be an even worse excuse than having a wide stance.)