Saturday, October 14, 2006
Former Rep. Gerry Studds (D-MA), the first openly gay member of Congress, died today at the age of 69. Studds is most remembered for being censured in 1983 for having sex with a 17-year-old male page. He admitted an error in judgment, but he never apologized for his conduct. He continued to be re-elected by the voters of his district until he retired in 1994 after serving 12 terms. Studds is survived by his spouse, Dale Hara, who he married in 2004 after Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriages.