Senator Larry Craig: Right Here In Boise City, With A Capital H That Rhymes with Hay
There’s been a retelling of a huge sex scandal in Idaho 52 years ago. The two op ed writers, Seth Randal and Alan Virta, detail how in Boise on Halloween night in 1955, several men were rounded up who were accused of having sex with teenage boys.
But then the dragnet harrowed out of control, far, far further, arresting ‘hidden’ gay men, citizen businessmen of Boise, who were seemingly having consensual sex with adults. The writers note that this enormous scandal as recently as 2000, had some of its ramifications and allegations discussed at the Idaho Supreme Court.
The writers also note that when this scandal broke, Larry Craig was ten years old. Their import is that no young person in Idaho escaped learning how ‘bad’ it was to be gay. And how some who were accused, denied denied denied.
The NYT op ed is here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/02/opinion/02randal.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
I added the word ‘seemingly’ to the second para, because in reading the op ed again, the outcome of charges against consensual adults is not stated definitively. It is clear in the op-ed that persons acting privately were called out publicly.