GOP lobbyist, who has gay brother, drafting bill to ban gays from NFL

A big-time Republican lobbyist in Washington, DC, who has a brother who is openly-gay, is reportedly drafting legislation to ban gays from playing professional football.

According to the Hill, Jack Burkman, who runs his own firm, J M Burkman & Associates, fears that we are “losing our decency as a nation,” now that young gay college students are permitted to dream of joinining the National Football League (NFL).

Burkman, whose recent clients have included Apache Oil Company, Circular Energy, Clean Green Conversions, Consolidated Distributors Inc., Cutting Edge Formulations, KLD Energy Technologies, Limited Energy Storage Resources and Luna Road, says Michael Sams coming out as gay a few weeks ago was the last straw.

“Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man,” Burkman said in a statement. “That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world has this nation come to?”


Of course, your son is already showering with gay men in gym class, at the health club, in the US military, in the NFL, and in the US Congress. The only difference is that in some of those places, your son is simply not aware of who the gay guy is. The NFL being more welcoming to gays won’t change the simple fact that just because you don’t know who’s gay, doesn’t mean the gay men aren’t already there.

Uh, no, it’s not a fact anywhere outside of far-right GOP hate groups.

This isn’t the first time that Burkman has said something stupid about gays.  Last year, he claimed that gays molest children (you’ll find that doozy in the video below):

GOP family values lobbyist Jack Burman.

GOP family values lobbyist Jack Burkman.

You know, and it’s a fact that gays, gays have a much much higher molestation rate of small children than straight people….

Well, they convert. You know, they’re trained – what really gets me about the gay movement today is they train young members to convert others. It’s like an extremist religion. It’s almost like Islam. You’re trained to do these conversions…. They do these conversions, I’ve seen it done.

Burkman claims some lawmakers are already supporting his bill.  We’d love to get a hold of that list.  Perhaps some reporter should ask Speaker Boehner and GOP party chair Reince Priebus what they think of Burkman’s legislation.

Burkman, who has reportedly worked as a lobbyist for the officially-designated hate group Family Research Council has an unique take on family values “decency,” as his phone number was allegedly found on the DC Madam’s phone list in 2007.  Burkman denied any connection to the DC Madam to Sam Stein at the Huffington Post today.

Burkman’s other recent clients include Qest Corporation, US Oil, LA Wind, Eastgate Pharmaceuticals, DC Solar  Solutions, Blue Ridge Energy, Green Gallons, Dakota Oil, Colorado Asphalt, Dr. Ron Fagen, Suneco, DOW Hydraulics, American Building Supply, Penn Air Group, Genelux, Apache Oil, Louder Than Words Dance Theater, among others.

I wonder how they feel about legislative gay-bashing.

Apparently, Jack Burkman’s brother James Burkman, who is openly-gay, has weighed in via Twitter:


So we’re not “losing our decency as a nation” when family values Christians frequent prostitutes, but we are when gay college students try out for the NFL.  Maybe the Family Research Council should change its motto to “Hos before bros.”

(I’m told that in order to better see my Facebook posts in your feed, you need to “follow” me.)

Here’s the wonderful Jack Burkman opining about gays in the Boy Scouts:

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98 Responses to “GOP lobbyist, who has gay brother, drafting bill to ban gays from NFL”

  1. JDH says:

    I was going to ask if this was from the Onion by mistake…

  2. BeccaM says:

    Breaking news: Douche-nozzle homophobic bigot asshole admits his announcement was a PR stunt.

    Fortunately, karma is a bitch.

    But while Burkman has generated plenty of international headlines for himself, several of his clients told ThinkProgress that his efforts don’t represent their interests.
    He and his firm advocate for these companies before members of Congress and the Obama administration, many of whom are themselves LGBT or are pro-equality allies.

    Bruce Brimacombe, founder and CEO of GOE3 (and its affiliated Jezlin Media) said he was “flabbergasted” by not only Burkman’s views, but also his priorities.
    Other clients felt similarly about Burkman’s anti-LGBT views. “I think those positions are a little bizarre. It certainly wouldn’t be anything the company would participate in, [they’re] not our values at all,” Ed St. Amour of the international business company G-PROP said.

    “I personally do not agree with his positions nor are they the positions of Greenbacker,” David Sher of Greenbacker Renewable Energy said.

  3. Badgerite says:

    Even if you believe that, wouldn’t that be God’s call. People engage in all kinds of sin. Why would this ‘sin’ be singled out for burn in hell status?

  4. tristram says:

    Why is Americablog giving this Burkman troll the publicity he is seeking?

  5. HolyMoly says:

    So he wants to regulate one segment of the private sector. How very conservative of him. While he’s on this tack, and if any legislators are on board with it, let’s see how they feel about FDA inspections, more stringent regulation of industrial emissions, etc.

  6. gratuitous says:

    Or, if they don’t push this craziness, can we at least have a few brave journalists (if any there be) ask Republican candidates and office-holders if they support Mr. Burkman’s proposed legislation? Get ’em on the record, you know? Or is this one of those years where asking politicians about their positions and views is “gotcha” journalism?

  7. BlueIdaho says:

    I would do Aaron Shrock. :-)

  8. Stev84 says:

    Someone needs to rubber stamp the drafts

  9. Stev84 says:

    There needs to be a law saying that anyone who proposes blatantly unconstitutional laws gets shot. Or at least banned from politics for eternity.

  10. Ninja0980 says:

    Once again why hoping these bigots get a gay or lesbian family is a bad idea.
    To them, gays and lesbians and trans people are sinners who are going to burn in hell and NOTHING will change that fact, not even their own flesh and blood.

  11. perljammer says:

    Hmm … let’s see here ….

    Enjoys inflicting pain on others, check.
    Shows no remorse, check.
    Callous, antisocial, enjoys manipulating others to his own
    ends, check.
    Feels quite self-important, has an over-inflated ego, check.
    Derives pleasure from hurting someone else either directly
    or vicariously, check.
    Shows disinhibited, bold behavior, often wanting
    to call attention to himself and his acts, check.

    I have this strong feeling of deja vu. Can somebody help me out?

  12. Freeman says:

    Yes, gay athletes spend half their lives preparing to enter the pro leagues just to cruise the locker rooms.

  13. rmthunter says:

    Pushing the boundaries. That’s been the Republican/corporatist/”family values” strategy for a while. It helps that they’ve got the media telling everyone we’re a “center right” nation, when we’re really just as liberal as we’ve ever been. The “religious freedom” legislation in the states, the repeated attempts at voter suppression, and the anti-women’s health bills are more examples — push as hard as you can across as broad a spectrum as possible, get outrageous bills passed, than push a little more.

    Eventually you will have neutered the Constitution, just like god wants.

  14. rmthunter says:

    I witnessed them regularly in high school. That’s the age when guys get boners walking down the hall between classes, so I didn’t think much of it.

  15. BillFromDover says:

    I’ve been in community showers both in high school and in the military.

    Not once have I ever witnessed a boner.

    How sad is that?

  16. Rob says:

    “Gays in the locker room is no different than a woman in the locker room.”
    Women reporters are allowed in MLB locker rooms, I assume the same is true for the NFL.

  17. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    There’s an older gay man to whom I sometimes give a ride. He came out in his late sixties. I’ve often suspected he’s gay in theory only. One day, as I drove him to the grocery store, he suddenly asked, “What’s felching?” i guess he had been reading. I found it very embarrassing to explain it. It couldn’t have been more than two or three weeks before he asked me about snowballing.

  18. Thom Allen says:

    I wonder how many of his current clients will be happy with his particular (wide) stance on this issue? I’m sure some will be embarrassed and pissed off.

    New PR campaign for J M Burkman and ASSociates: “Viewing the world with flexibility, deep introspection and insight. Inquire within.”

  19. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Do you really think you’ll see someone you want at a GOP convention?

  20. goulo says:

    The NFL is a US tax-exempt nonprofit organization, not a government service or branch.

    I thought Republicans were supposed be all about keeping government from regulating business, letting businesses do what they want, free market, and all that jazz? Oh, unless they want to force the business to be discriminatory and anti-gay; then it’s OK for the government to meddle in a business’s hiring decisions.


  21. The_Fixer says:

    You have to remember that the GOP wants the government out of our lives, except when it suits their purposes.

    There’s not a snowball’s chance in hell of such a bill ever passing, let alone being constitutional. As people point out above, it’s for a different purpose. Perhaps it’s to rile up the bogots so that they can donate money to a newly-formed organization that will fight “teh gay threat”.

  22. The_Fixer says:

    Oh, you’re not the only one. I saw that picture and immediately thought he needs a turquoise belt to go with that shirt.

  23. mirror says:

    Just what do football players get up to in the shower room?

  24. Max_1 says:

    The way he talks about looking AT naked people in the locker room…
    … Clothed or naked, male or female, gay or straight, he’s watching you!

  25. BeccaM says:

    Oh dear… my apologies, hon

  26. SakeDad says:

    I have so many toasters I had to open a store to sell them!

  27. Bomer says:

    I had to look up the meaning of that word and now I’m sorry that I did. Ick.

  28. 4th Turning says:

    Welcome to the States. I was in Canada a couple of times. Seems like
    a nice place. There really isn’t much point in electing Congresspersons
    anymore. It’s just something we do for the tourists like those colorful
    PowWow dances and civil war reinactments.

  29. 4th Turning says:

    Are there really lesbians in the Women’s NBA? Next you’ll be saying they drive semis.

  30. 2karmanot says:

    It’s always about the moola.

  31. 2karmanot says:

    Welcome!!! :-) Fight troll with troll I say!

  32. 2karmanot says:

    Aye, so it is!

  33. 2karmanot says:

    Maybe the NSA can discover how many raincoats he has had laundered in the past year or so.

  34. BeccaM says:

    So did Jack.

  35. 2karmanot says:

    Yes, hooty, hoot

  36. BeccaM says:

    Perhaps. But just remember, in real life the cynicism and evil are actually rather greater than that demonstrated by Frank Underwood, who was actually sometimes nice to people if it suited his goals.

    But the competence level is commensurately lower. Actually non-existent in many cases.

  37. 2karmanot says:

    Not to mention that magic ring!

  38. 2karmanot says:


  39. 2karmanot says:

    “Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man,” Hey mom, your son just got a hard-on.

  40. mark_in_toronto says:

    I need to watch more “House of Cards” I guess.

  41. Matt says:

    Have you missed the fact that most legislation proposed these days is a waste of time, money and resources? That’s the only kind that Congress seems to be interested in.

  42. BeccaM says:


    1. Lesbians are cool. But invisible most of the time. Except when giving away toasters. Or appearing on Cinemax.

    2. Male homophobes are obsessed with the buttseks and steamy man-on-man action, to the point where it’s clear that’s just about all they think about.

  43. crazymonkeylady says:

    My daughter would LOVE to shower with gay football players. She loves Teh Gays!

  44. MichaelS says:

    PLEASE God let the Repugs jump the shark and push this legislation, hopefully in time for the mid-terms….

  45. DrRandyG says:

    Lobbyists draft legislation, then their pet congresscritters propose it in the legislature.

  46. moelarryandjesus says:

    Yes, you’re naive.

  47. docsterx says:


  48. docsterx says:

    I guess the lesbians in the Women’s NBA don’t shower or moms aren’t worried about their daughters showering with lesbians. And lesbians don’t recruit girls.

  49. mark_in_toronto says:

    Maybe I’m naive, but I didn’t know that lobbyists actually drafted legislation.
    If so, what’s the point of electing Congresspeople?

  50. docsterx says:

    You read my mind. I was thinking of “molested by a priest.”

  51. FLL says:

    LOL. Who knows.

  52. BeccaM says:

    Aye, but I didn’t want folks to think I’d stooped entirely to ad hominem attacks, although I know I’m damned close to the line on this one. ;-)

    What the hell anyway. If he’s going to conflate being gay with being a pedophile, I’m not going to say that the bearer of rather extreme gay-face and fashion sense is merely gay. I’m gonna go ahead and take that leap into diagnoses of psychological projection.

  53. nicho says:

    I’d be more worried if my son were showering with him.

  54. Naja pallida says:

    Pretty much all legislation is written by lobbyists these days. This ain’t your grandpa’s Congress.

  55. nicho says:

    You’ll be wasting your fairy dust. The gay prostitutes do a land-office business during the GOP convention.

  56. nicho says:

    When the GOP took over the Congress in 1995, Newt invited lobbyists into the Capitol, gave them office space, and let them write the legislation. They’ve been doing it ever since.

  57. BeccaM says:

    I’m so very, very bad.

    I read that as, “How could I ever have missed that felching smile…”

    Bad Zoot! Naughty evil Zoot!

  58. BeccaM says:

    Well, ALEC has been doing it for years…

  59. BeccaM says:

    I know. And that’s why I found his attitudes and peculiar obsessions to be rather suggestive.

    I mean, are we talking about a guy who, as a kid, was molested by a male adult and whose mother failed to take measures to protect him? It would explain much.

  60. joshuabayerjazz says:

    Are we missing the fact that a NON – ELECTED PRIVATE – PERSON is writing legislation? WTF business does he have writing legislation? Screw that! That is a huge part of the problem – any asshat with $$$$ thinks they can just write a law and their bought-and-paid-for political slave will scream it on the floor of congress.

  61. Ron Robertson says:

    The difference is you’ve outlined logical premises for your point, he has not.

  62. Bobo65 says:

    I always carry fairy dust with me, and when I see someone I want, I just sprinkle it lavishly, and boom, works every time. I am going to the GOP convention.

  63. newtosf921 says:

    this legislation sounds absolutely inane, stupid, irrational, unnecessary and illogical! omg! Grown men suggesting one cannot shower with a gay man because he likes other men! The fear is unreal! But, more importantly is this kind of legislation is a waste of time, money and resources………I believe there are more pressing and important issues to spend time………….

  64. AnthonyLook says:

    It is highly important that the gay community redoubled its efforts, individually and as a community, to educate and register voters and inspire others within and without the community to register to vote. There is all too much an apolitical attitude at a time when religious fascists are consolidating their money, power and numbers.

  65. GenXerJay says:

    Basically, another closeted GOP congressman, desperately trying to get attention from the teapublicans. I’m sure he knows it’s a waste of time and tax payers money… but media whores will be media whores

  66. docsterx says:

    I was wondering how he “witnessed gays recruiting children.” Maybe his next installment will have him revealing that he’s an “ex-Gay” and later he’ll tell us how he used to recruit children, as well.
    I’m so glad that he also makes himself spokemom for the women of America who would be horrified if their adult sons had to shower with gay men. I wonder how many moms voted for him to get that position? How many moms did he poll to find out that they’d be upset over gay showers?

  67. FLL says:

    Very nice hi-res photo of Jack Burkman on the video thumbnail. How could I ever have missed that fetching smile and the subtle lavender check pattern.

  68. BeccaM says:

    Well hey, if he can speciously say he ‘knows’ with total certainty that gays recruit by molesting and raping children, I can say that in my purely and utterly subjective opinion, he has the molester look about him. And that I wouldn’t leave any child of mine alone with him for any length of time.

    Why? Because he seems obsessed with children, and with children encountering inappropriate sexual situations and has, in his own mind, conflated child molestation with being gay. It’s a projection thing.

  69. BeccaM says:

    A loon who, despite being a DC lobbyist, pretends to ignorance as to how our government works and the limits of Constitutional rule.

    As I commented above, I have to wonder if he’s working a different angle. The thing to look out for from here is if he sets up some kind of special lobbying fund for the bigot hordes to empty their wallets into.

  70. nicho says:

    That’s quite an accusation, but then, I don’t have any evidence that he’s not.

  71. nicho says:

    It’s called trolling for business. If he can land Chik-Fil-A and other homophobe corporations as clients, he’ll be rolling in clover.

  72. EdA says:

    Lavender, puLEEZ!

  73. BeccaM says:

    Oh, he can draft whatever legislation he likes. And I don’t doubt he’ll find some like-minded bigots in Congress who’ll voice support for it, maybe even sponsor it in one of those “red meat to the fundamentalist hordes” gestures the GOP is so fond of these days.

    But the chances of such a measure being found Constitutional are less than zero. Never mind the chances of it passing the Senate or avoiding a presidential veto.

    Then there’s the wee detail of not being an elected Congressman himself…

    Sure, Burkman is an anti-gay homophobic bigot with barely concealed psychological sexual issues of his own, but he’s also a D.C. lobbyist with lots of clients. I’m wondering what his real angle is here, if maybe it has to do with extracting cash donations from the mouth-breather bigot rubes.

  74. BeccaM says:

    Actually I was thinking he looks like a child molester.

    I’m not saying that he IS. Just that in my opinion, he has the look.

    Then there is the fact he says, with great certainty, he’s witnessed gays ‘recruiting’ children, that he’s “seen it done.”

  75. Naja pallida says:

    Just another example of small government conservatism at work.

    The only way I could see it working is if they changed the tax code for 501(c)(6) organizations. Which, like most knee-jerk Republican legislation, would have wide-reaching unintended consequences.

  76. cole3244 says:

    well said.

  77. Sameboat1 says:

    I think he figured it out when he got his toaster.

  78. nicho says:

    The NFL is owned/run by billionaire fascists. The will squash Burkman like a bug if he tries to screw with their tax status.

  79. nicho says:

    They haven’t been part of the human race for decades.

  80. nicho says:

    I just want it noted that I got an A+ in my Conversion Training Class. I can turn straight guys gay while stopped next to them at a traffic light. I’m the one who turned Burkman gay. That’s how he knows.

  81. docsterx says:

    I may just have taken my first step toward becoming and INTERNET TROLL.

  82. olandp says:

    I had purple gingham sheets when I was a kid. It was as purple as I could get out of my mother. Now it seems that everything I own is purple now.

  83. AnitaMann says:

    Who’s the asshat who will introduce it in Congress? Proceed, bigots.

  84. docsterx says:

    Sorry, I saw the picture, realized how much he reminded me of Schock and lost all control.

  85. bkmn says:

    Did none of these morons even read the abridged version of the Windsor ruling? Obviously not.

  86. docsterx says:

    Maybe they’re both dating the personal trainer that Schock was so friendly with on Facebook.

  87. arcadesproject says:

    GOP lobbyist is insane.

  88. Naja pallida says:

    I was thinking lover, but okay, brother works. :)

  89. Lthomas320 says:

    Beat me to it by mere seconds!

  90. Lthomas320 says:

    Did he borrow that shirt from Rep. Aaron Schock?

  91. docsterx says:

    With that shirt, the perfect hair and the $100,000 smile, doesn’t he look like Aaron Schock’s brother?

  92. nkd says:

    “…as his phone number was allegedly found on the DC Madam’s phone list in 2007.”
    Was it just his phone # listed? Couldn’t see his name.

  93. cole3244 says:

    how about legislation banning gopers from humanity since they never participate anyway.

  94. FLL says:

    Yes, I can see how Congress could use, as leverage, some appropriations bill that somehow included an item for the NFL. In any case, it would be a PR nightmare that I think Boehner would prefer to avoid.

  95. Keep in mind, we’re dealing with a family values loon here.

  96. Yep, like highway monies – just make it contingent to something the NFL wants or needs.

  97. Rambie says:

    I’m guessing here, but they’ll try to revoke the NFL’s non-profit (LOL) status as a tactic to get the NFL to ban the gays.

  98. FLL says:

    I followed your link to the article from The Hill, which reported this, but I’m still a little baffled. The NFL, which is a trade association of individual teams, isn’t part of the government, and the teams are privately owned. How would Congress be able to choose who could or could not play on NFL teams? I’ve never heard of Congress regulating who NFL teams recruit or hire. And yet, I see the news item reported in The Hill with no further explanation. Am I missing something?

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