We knew for years Jim West was a closeted gay man and his utter denial of that up ‘til the bitter end was just totally frustrating. And then the way he voted! Throwing gay people under the bus was like, you know, really?! Well, the rumors were flying, but the general public didn’t know about rumors. I don’t think it’s fair to anybody, to be slammed, you know. Personally, I think he should’ve been forthright, but he wasn’t.
Sources: Interviews with Laura S. Hodgman on 9 November 2012, 3 December 2012, and 20 February 2014.