TODAY   |  August 28, 2013

Cory Booker addresses rumors he’s gay

In a new Washington Post profile, the Newark, N.J. mayor and Senate candidate declined to confirm his sexual orientation, saying he hopes the rumors that he’s gay “challenge people on their homophobia.”

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>> the rumors, corey booker, a rising star in the democratic party and now running for the senate but he has been followed by rumors that he is gay. now he is addressing the rumors head on. he doesn't say what his sexual orientation is but told the paper that some part of me thinks it 's wonderful because i want to challenge people on their homophobia. what does it matter if i am? so be it.

>> do you think by leaving that grey area he's just going to encourage more questions about it?

>> i don't think it puts the rumors to rest.

>> but it also brings up the question of what's appropriate to ask people these days. is that an appropriate question to ask someone.

>> he got asked.