1973 is calling: Joe Biden Viewed Gays in Government as ‘Security Risks’



WFB: 1973 comment came as gay rights activists pushed to reverse ban against holding gov’t jobs.

Former vice president Joe Biden once told a group of constituents in Delaware he viewed homosexuals working for the federal government as “security risks,” according to an archived local news report dug up by the Washington Free Beacon.

Biden has positioned himself as an advocate for gay rights since leaving the White House. Last year, his foundation launched the “As You Are” program to promote acceptance of members of the LGBTQ community and fight against their discrimination.

In his first year as a U.S. senator, however, Biden appeared unwilling to accept members of the gay community as federal employees.

The article from the Morning News, a Wilmington, Delaware-based paper no longer in circulation, covered a September 24, 1973, meeting Biden held with members of the North Star Civic Association. One of the members, a gay-rights activist, asked Biden questions on job discrimination at the U.S. Civil Service and in the military.

Biden’s “gut reaction” on the issue was that homosexuals were “security threats,” he said.

“My gut reaction is that they (homosexuals) are security risks,” Biden is quoted as saying, “but I must admit I haven’t given this much thought … I’ll be darned.”

Biden agreed to mail the activist, Robert Vane, more thorough answers to his questions, according to the article.

The Free Beacon reached out to the North Star Civic Association to see if it has any record of the Biden meeting and responses the senator might have sent, but did not receive information by press time. Attempts to locate Vane were unsuccessful. more

7 Comments on 1973 is calling: Joe Biden Viewed Gays in Government as ‘Security Risks’

  1. Biden has changed along with the country. Homosexuals are Gays now. Homosexuals were a Security Risk then, but Gays aren’t now. Don’t believe it? Ask Pvt. Bradley Manning if he belonged in the US Army, serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq. He was just confused about his place in Obama’s military and his gender identity and loyalty disorder.

  2. “Joe Biden Viewed Gays in Government as ‘Security Risks’”

    Huh, I agree with Joe Biden about something.


  3. Joe must be unpersoned, now!

    If Kate Smith is consigned to the dustbin for singing a lyric in 1930 that 80 years later is unpolitically correct, so too must Joe meet the same fate for his much more recent unforgiveable white cisness

  4. Boy how Liberace played,
    And no one had Gay Pride parades,
    Guys like us we had it made,
    Those were the days,
    And you know where you were then,
    Girls were girls and men were men,
    Mister we could use a man like old Rock Hudson again,
    Didn’t need no Fags at State,
    All the diplomats were straight
    Gee our WASP network ran great,
    Those were the days.


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