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06/12/2008

Deval Devalues gay daughter? Think again!

by Jeremy Hooper

Remember when Alan Keyes' daughter Maya came out a few years back? And remember how Alan, a conservative political figure and major gay rights foe, reportedly kicked his daughter out of her home, refused to pay her tuition, and stopped speaking to her once the information became public? Yea, well, take that situation and completely flip it on its head, and you will have the following.

Picture 4-143Katherine Patrick, the daughter of pro-gay Massachuetts Gov. Deval Patrick is for the first time speaking out about being an out lesbian. But Katherine's story is not one of woe. Her sexuality is not seen by her highly visible father as any sort of a liability. In fact, Deval Patrick sees his daughter's orientation as a positive, towards which he is nothing but supportive.

In the run-up to Father's Day, both father and daughter speak to Bay Windows about "the easiest coming out experience that anyone could possibly have." Check it out:

With love and pride [Bay Windows]

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I'm so happy for this entire family. Here in Chicago, we have Allan Keys, the staunch conservative Republican who ran against Barack Obama for the Illinois Senate seat.

Keys regularly blasted gays and lesbians, even going so far as to say that if he had a gay child, he would tell her she was "selfish" and "immoral." Of course, he said this knowing his teenage daughter, Maya, was a lesbian. After the election, when it was revealed that Maya was gay, he kicked her out of the house and publically disowned her.

It's nice to see a family in the public eye so willing to support their own daughter. It does my heart good.

Posted by: staygoldenponyboy | Jun 12, 2008 3:01:26 PM

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