US Senator for South Carolina and a lawyer since his birth on July 9, 1955, Lindsey Olin Graham is also the senior senator from his state. Graham a Republican led the Senate Judiciary Committee from 2019 to 2021.
Graham a local boy from Central SC attended the University of South Carolina School of Law and graduated with a J.D. in 1981. From 1982 until 1988, he was actively serving in the United States Air Force, first as a defense attorney and later as the Air Force’s head prosecutor in Europe based in West Germany.
Later, he served his entire time in the U.S. Air Force Reserve alongside his time in Congress. In 2014 he was a colonel and was presented with the Bronze Star Medal for outstanding service.
Lindsey Graham’s Early Life
Millie (Walters) and Florence James “F.J.” Graham Lindsey Olin Graham’s parents, owned and operated the Sanitary Cafe, a restaurant, bar, pool hall and liquor shop in Central, South Carolina, where Lindsey Olin Graham was born.
His ancestry includes both Scots and Irish. Graham entered the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps after graduating from D. W. Daniel High School, making him the first person in his family to go to college. At the age of 21, his mother passed away from Hodgkin’s lymphoma and 15 months later, his father passed away from a heart attack.
Lindsey Graham’s Military Service
The United States Air Force commissioned Graham as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG Corps) upon his graduation from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1982. After starting out as a defense attorney for the Air Force, he was sent to the Rhein-Main Air Base in Frankfurt Germany where he served as the base’s top prosecutor from 1984 until 1988.
In 1984, he was featured on an episode of 60 Minutes that exposed the Air Force’s flawed drug-testing methods while defending a pilot accused of using marijuana. Following his tour of duty in Europe, he returned to South Carolina, where he eventually left the military and went into private practice as an attorney in 1989. From 1988 to 1992, he worked as an assistant county attorney for Oconee County, and from 1990 to 1994, he was Central’s city attorney.
Lindsey Graham’s Opinions on Politics
Graham has been branded a “moderate Republican” by his Tea Party detractors. He describes himself as a Republican in the “Reagan mold,” and he has been described as “pretty conservative” with “a tinge of moderation” and “an independent streak.”
His idea that judicial nominees should not be rejected purely because of their philosophical positions and his willingness to be bipartisan and work with Democrats on matters like climate change, tax reform, and immigration reform have been the primary targets of Tea Party criticism.
He supported the confirmation of Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, both of whom were nominated by President Obama. Graham, for his part, has taken on the Tea Party, calling for a more welcoming and diverse Republican Party. Graham was named the sixth most nonpartisan senator in the 115th Congress by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.
We must win #ncsen to recapture the Senate majority.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 29, 2022
To Protect the Rights of the LGBTQ+ Community
As a senator, Graham supported the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, which banned federal recognition of same-s*x marriages and established a definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Graham has reaffirmed his 2022 backing for the Defense of Marriage Act.
Graham sided with the 2006 constitutional amendment that banned same-s*x marriage. ‘I believe in the conventional concept of marriage as being between one man and one woman,’ he stated.
Whoopi Goldberg on The View Discusses her Lindsey Graham Gay Joke: It was only a joke
Whoopi Goldberg quipped on Thursday’s episode of The View that she “should probably never do this show again” in response to criticism of a comment she made about South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.
Graham’s conservative views on abortion and same-s*x marriage were discussed with White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and Goldberg seemed to make a joke about Graham’s s*xuality before the show cut to a commercial.
Goldberg addressed the viewers upon The View’s return from the commercial.
I should clarify that I was acting in my comedic capacity. The outspoken Oscar winner explained, “I make jokes sometimes, and it was a jest, nothing more than that.” I recently overheard a lengthy discussion on how some individuals failed to see the joke. Sure, anything. If this is how the show is turning out, I should probably stop performing it immediately. This was all good fun, okay?
A source close to the matter told EW that Goldberg wanted to make the clarification on her own and that she did not have a “full talk” with anyone about the impact of the joke.
Many fans defended the joke regarding Graham’s s*xuality in response to Goldberg’s comments on Twitter.
I have no idea why she had to scale back on a suggestive subtle joke that half the country has already been speculating about anyway concerning Ms. Graham lol. You’re fine Whoopi! @WhoopiGoldberg #TheView https://t.co/3vzmuLAiGx
— Angie C. (@Music_Is_Me88) September 22, 2022
Is Lindsey Graham Gay?
Even though the 52-year-old lifelong bachelor has been the subject of such rumors for years, they have recently gained renewed attention following the resignation of Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, the anti-gay politician who pled guilty to disorderly conduct after allegedly soliciting sex in an airport men’s room.
Is this the latest attempt to flip the political switch in South Carolina’s darkest room? Or the stigma of being called a “closet-clinging self-hater,” which follows any happily single man around like a bad omen?
The mainstream media rarely inquires as to the hobbies of elderly, single politicians. The Idaho Statesmen assigned a reporter to investigate the 25-year-old rumor that Craig used to stalk women in the women’s restrooms of Washington, DC. And even though the paper waited to publish the story until after Craig’s arrest was made public, they were still accused of facilitating a witch hunt.
Signorile suggests investigating the claims that South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham is gay. While the LGBT community in South Carolina and Washington has been openly discussed for years Graham like Larry Craig, has voted against the federal marriage amendment.
The questions have been asked of other South Carolina politicians before Graham. Even though some names have been left out of this story because they aren’t the subject of widespread media attention (thank your lucky chinos, boys), they hold some of the most powerful positions in state politics.
Charlie Smith, a real estate agent in West Ashley who has run for the Statehouse twice as an openly gay man, believes it’s funny when activists say gay South Carolinians should show political leaders that they’re no different from straight people. He claims that gay people “know what it means to be gay” because of this group. There’s no denying that they lack moral fiber.
What they do have, fortunately, is a gay community that is content to keep rumors confined to the water cooler rather than the front page.
Smith says, “I’m not a believer in an outing.” That “people have the right to deal with this in their own time.”
He has also missed chances to question the officials’ s*xuality. When it comes to politics, “backing people into a corner can be very detrimental,” Smith says. Even if it’s against their own best interests and mine, they’ll still do it.
However, he cautions that these closeted politicians are walking a thin line and that taking positions that are harmful to the gay community may lead activists to address the hypocrisy, as they have in the Craig case. According to Smith, “they know we’ll fight back.”
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