The Internet, gay sex and the surgeon general nominee

A new litmus test?
Surgeon general appointees are often controversial, usually for reasons having to do with sex. Conservatives fumed when C. Everett Koop praised the virtues of the condom and when Jocelyn Elders extolled the virtues of masturbation.

Now it’s the left that’s in a tizzy. President Bush has nominated James Holsinger, former health secretary in Kentucky and ex-chancellor of the University of Kentucky’s medical center. It’s not a surprising nomination for Bush: Holsinger is a medical doctor with some conservative credentials and a retired general in the army reserve, and he is on record as an opponent of gay sex.

 

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