It’s a Republican sex scandal with a twist. Deliciously, it involves not only public sex at Paris and New York sex clubs but Star Trek star Jerri Ryan whose character Seven-of-Nine achieved a certain gay cult status.
Ryan’s former husband Jack Ryan has been forced to abandon his run for the US Senate after embarrassing details of their divorce have been revealed. Ryan had been running as the Republican candidate for an Illinois senate seat. The conservative catholic, who has opposed gay marriage and abortion rights, was running on a “family values” ticket.
A judge this week ordered that sealed testimony from the divorce be opened. The bombshell was Jerri Ryan’s testimony that her husband had forced her to go to sex clubs with him on a number of occasions. She says that on three trips, to New York, Paris and New Orleans, which were supposed to be “romantic getaways,” her husband (whom she refers to formally as “the respondent”) forced her to go to sex clubs.
The clubs in New York and Paris were explicit sex clubs. Respondent had done research. Respondent took me to two clubs in New York during the day. One club I refused to go in. It had mattresses in cubicles. The other club he insisted I go to. … It was a bizarre club with cages, whips and other apparatus hanging from the ceiling. Respondent wanted me to have sex with him there, with another couple watching. I refused. Respondent asked me to perform a sexual activity upon him, and he specifically asked other people to watch. I was very upset. We left the club, and Respondent apologized, said that I was right and that he would never insist I go to a club again. He promised it was out of his system.
Then during a trip to Paris, he took me to a sex club in Paris, without telling me where we were going. I told him I thought it was out of his system. I told him he had promised me would never go. People were having sex everywhere. I cried, I was physically ill. Respondent became very upset with me, and said it was not a ‘turn on’ for me to cry.
In the same testimony Jack Ryan calls these claims “ridiculous allegations” although he admits that in Paris they did go to one “avant garde nightclub…which was more than either one of us felt comfortable with. We left and vowed never to return.”
Jerri Ryan who shot to cult fame in the series Star Trek Voyager has also more recently been a regular in Boston Public.
When, Seven-of-Nine, her Star Trek character was introduced into the series there was speculation on many gay Trekkie sites that she would be a lesbian character. In fact one group, The Voyager Visibility Project, who had been lobbying Paramount to include a gay character in the series, launched an outing campaign around Seven.
Prior to her role in Star Trek, Ryan had made a brief appearance in another gay cult TV show, Melrose Place, as a lesbian actress who marries a gay man to keep up appearances.
Jack Ryan, on the other hand, has never shown any sign of friendship to the gay and lesbian community. His web site makes clear that he believes “marriage can only be defined as that union between one man and one woman” and that he is opposed to “same-sex marriages, civil unions, and registries”.
Not only that, but he waxes lyrical about the “traditional” family unit.
The breakdown of the family over the past 35 years is one of the root causes of some of our society’s most intractable social problems-criminal activity, illegitimacy, and the cyclical nature of poverty.
As an elected leader, my interest will be in promoting laws and educating people about the fundamental importance of the traditional family unit as the nucleus of our society.
In the wake of the recent Massachusetts State Supreme Court ruling that has spawned similar lawsuits in other states, it seems likely that defending traditional marriage and codifying that defense will be required at the federal level. As such, as a United States Senator, I would support legislation such as Senator Bill Frist’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), provided the language remains clear in the defining of traditional marriage and protecting the traditional family unit.
This was originally posted on my other blog