Speculation about Robert’s sexual identity has surrounded this case from its earliest days. What was Robert Wone doing spending the night on a weekday at the home of three gay men when he was happily married. He must be secretly gay and that was why he chose to stay at 1509 Swann Street on the night of August 2, 2006.
I am not sure if this hyposthesis holds much weight in light of the available evidence. To draw some conclusions, let’s examine what we know about the case.
First, Robert Wone was married to a woman. This suggests that he is not gay. But that still doesn’t tell us much, because many married man are gay. There are organizations that have formed to support gay men who have been or still are married to women.
Second, he is staying as a guest at a home owned by a friend from college, who lives with his domestic partner (Zaborsky), and his dominant master (Ward). All three are gay men. Now, everyone has stayed college friend’s house. This doesn’t have any reflection on whether we are straight or gay.
Third, Kathy Wone, Robert’s widow, has testified that “her marriage was happy.” This infers that Robert was straight. Of course, it does not answer whether or not Robert was secretly gay.
Fourth, and I think this carries the most weight, if Robert was secretly gay someone who slept with Robert prior to August 2, 2006 would have come forward by this point. This case has recieved an inordinate amount of media attention, and Robert’s photograph has been all over the web, and in the media. The fact that not one single person has come forward in the past two and a half years speaks volumes. Of course, that still doesn’t mean he wasn’t gay. Maybe he never acted on his desires. True, but if that was the case, do you think a closeted married man who wants to stay that way would act on his desires for the first time at the house of three gay men, and his wife knows he is staying there? To keep his secret safe, Robert, more than likely, would have pursued his desires in more clandestine settings, such as an out of town trip where he would not have been noticed.
Of course, there are several unknowns here. For me, one of the biggest is the e-mail traffic between Joe Price and Robert Wone prior to his staying at Joe’s house on the night of August 2, 2006. This might reveal more than we know as to why Robert chose to stay over in Washington, DC that night.
Maybe Robert was secretly gay, and if so, that would be a contradiction in his life, just as the contradiction in Joe Price’s life. But even so, I don’t think Robert’s sexual orientation has nearly as much do with why he is not here as many people would like think.
– Posted by David