Alan Keyes' daughter comes out as a lesbian

Mon. February 14, 2005 12:00 AM by Kevin Wayne

The ultra-conservative throws daughter out of the family home

Annapolis, MD - Maya Marcel-Keyes, the daughter of former Republican Party senate candidate Alan Keyes, spoke publicly for the first time about her sexuality Monday acknowledging that she is a lesbian.

During the Republican National Convention, the ultra-conservative Alan Keyes condemned gays and lesbians characterizing them as “self hedonist” in an interview with Sirius OutQ's Michelangelo Signorile.

Asked later if Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter, Mary, is a selfish hedonist, Keyes answered that she is. Those harsh comments drew ire from many in the Republican Party including Cheney and Senator John McCain.

"If my own daughter were a homosexual, or a lesbian, I would love my daughter, but I would tell my daughter that she was in sin," Keyes said in August during the campaign. At the time, he also told reporters, “I would urge her to pray to God for help to deal with that sin."

Maya Keyes worked last summer on her father’s unsuccessful campaign against Barack Obama in Illinois's U.S. Senate race. Although Keyes lost in a landslide to Obama, he vowed to remain in Illinois politics. He also had failed presidential bids in 1996 and 2000.

Now months after bitter campaign and the election, the 19-year-old Maya came out Monday during an Equality Maryland rally in Annapolis, Md.

Maya told the Washington Post Monday her parents, Keyes and his wife, Jocelyn, threw her out of the family’s Chicago apartment, will not pay her college tuition and stopped speaking to her.

According to the Washington Post, despite the fact that Maya has been kicked out of her home, a San Francisco-based charity, the Point Foundation, has stepped in to provide the money needed for Maya to begin her studies at Brown University this fall.

The former Senate candidate issued a statement Monday night saying his daughter's choices will not affect his work or political activities.