It’s been claimed that US Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain’s top staffer is gay.

The claim that his chief-of-staff Mark Buse – described as one of the closest and most loyal men to McCain – is homosexual was made on Michelangelo Signorile’s influential radio show.

Signorile said that he had been contacted by four individuals confirming the revelation, including a Brian Davis who had said that he had been in an “intimate relationship” with Buse.

Buse, 44, has been slammed as a hypocrite since McCain is seen as being considerably less favourable towards legislation protecting gay and lesbian rights than his presidential rival Barack Obama.

Justifying the decision to “out” Buse, Signorile wrote on his blog:

“John McCain is opposed to every single gay rights measure of recent years – from a hate crimes bill, to an anti-discrimination bill to an attempt to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military – and is publicly on record supporting a ballot measure in California this November to strip gays and lesbians there of their legally-won right to marry in that state.”

Neither McCain’s camp, nor Buse, have yet commented on the matter.

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