A Log Cabin Republicans response this week to reports that Senator John McCain's Chief of Staff Mark Buse is gay, where the gay Republicans called the news a non-event, is further proof the group is in total denial

On Monday, gay activist Mike Rogers delivered his Roy Cohn award to Buse at his Washington D.C. office. The award recognizes high-profile gays and lesbians who work against the interests of the gay and lesbian community. There is no record of Buse acknowledging he's gay publicly.

In making his case against Buse, Rogers said: “Mark Buse is not just a chief of staff for a homophobic United States senator, but he is helping that senator get elected to the White House.”

Rogers wrote on his blog Monday that three sources have confirmed to him that Buse is gay and in a long-term relationship with another man. And an ex-boyfriend of some twenty years has also stepped forward, speaking to satellite radio host Michelangelo Signorile.

But Log Cabin Republicans Communications Director Scott Tucker vehemently disagreed.

“There is no 'bombshell',” Tucker wrote in response to the Michelangelo Signorile headline Hypocrisy Bombshell: Antigay John McCain has a Gay Chief of Staff. “Mark Buse has been openly gay for years and has acknowledged as much. So the notion that he has been 'outed' is simply false.”

Tucker, who called the outing a “stunt” and a “witch hunt,” used it as evidence that McCain was an inclusive Republican. “John McCain is an inclusive Republican who hires the best people, regardless of sexual orientation.”

Cleveland chapter president Dale Giesige went further in attacking gay Democrats. “Democrats talk with inspirational speeches, full of love and affection for the gay community – then sit on their dead bottoms and pass nothing but gas,” Giesige wrote in the Gay People's Chronicle.

The gay Republicans, who say they support McCain for non-gay issues, such as fiscal conservatism and national security, want it both ways: They put down Democrats for not passing substantial pro-gay legislation, while exempting Republican leaders of such scrutiny by claiming it's of little interest to them.

Maverick gay Republicans, then, could never see, or admit to seeing, the hypocrisy in the Buse outing.

Still, gay Republicans, despite their strong fiscal conservatism, are responsible for the financial crisis on Wall Street. Well, all gays and lesbians are – that is, if you believe Christian fundamentalists who are blaming us for the calamity.

In a September 25th blog post titled The Nation Will Right Itself If It Fixes Sex, Christian Civil League of Maine Executive Director Michael Heath writes that the financial crisis facing Wall Street is a symptom of America's sinful sexual culture, including the acceptance of gay unions.

And a related post by Center for Immigration Studies Executive Director Mark Krikorian at the National Review's website pushes a similar theme, this time focusing on Friday's failure of WaMu.

Krikorian suggests the big bank failed because it was too accommodating to minorities, including gays, African-Americans and Hispanics.

In better news, director Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw have matched Hollywood actor Brad Pitt's $100,000 donation to defeat Proposition 8 – the ballot initiative that would make gay marriage in California illegal.

“By writing discrimination into our state constitution, Proposition 8 seeks to eliminate the right of each and every citizen in our state to marry regardless of sexual orientation,” the couple said in a statement. “Such discrimination has NO place in California's constitution, or any other.”

And it was our own Gay Entertainment Report that brought me news about a soon to be released film that documents the first big win for gay marriage advocates in the United States. Saving Marriage is about the battle that followed the Massachusetts 2004 Supreme Court ruling making gay marriage legal in the state.

The Gay Slant pops in most Saturdays at On Top Magazine. Walter Weeks is a writer for On Top and can be reached at ww@ontopmag.com.