Lindsay Graham is a closeted gay man. I've known it for a while partly because I'm gay and partly because I've been heavily embedded in South Carolina's politics for the past 3 years between activism and undergraduate study. Most South Carolinians are so out of the loop/ignorant of reality that they either don't know or don't care... all they care about is that he is a Republican who stands up for "morality," religion, and guns.
A few weeks ago, a Tea party group crashed one of his town hall meetings and were calling him a "homo" and that is was "time to go homo." Graham isn't the only closet case sadly. There are MANY "bachelor" politicians in SC... they all claim to be straight at 40-50 years old. South Carolina has a major issue with LBGT people, and many closeted politicians would rather further their careers and bash gay people in the political arena rather than come out.
Coming out will KILL your career in SC, politically. My friend was the first openly elected gay man in SC... to a school advisory board that no one really paid attention to. Had the residents been paying attention... he would have never been elected. He has told me about the discrimination he faces on the board from other board members. He tells people publicly he'll run again for this advisory board, but privately he told me that he is not running again. He is only interested in going to law school.
South Carolina has a closeted gay man running for governor this year... Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer. He is the top Republican contender that most believe will be elected this year. http://www.andrebauer.com/
This man will be the next Jim McGreevey, I have no doubt about it. Our less esteemed Gov. Mark Sanford tried to out him when he got into this mess with the Argentine mistress back in June of last year.
Bauer publicly called for Sanford to resign... a few days later... the rumor mill went to work saying Bauer was a homo. Not a day later, Bauer went silent like a damn clam - not a single word about Sanford needing to resign. I know enough about SC politics to know Sanford orchestrated that to get Bauer off his ass - because Sanford knew that if Bauer was outed, his political career was OVER.
South Carolina's former state treasurer Thomas Ravenel went to federal prison for a few months on drug charges... he is also a closet case. Ravenel went to a (then) all male, military style undergraduate college here in Charleston (aka the Citadel) and is said to be on the DL with younger men in Charleston - he is in his mid-40s and unmarried.
Many members of the SC Legislature are closeted gay men. This is the state where gay politicians go to torture themselves.