Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY-13), who tried to burnish an image as a family values conservative in preparation for higher office before his drunk-driving/adultery/love-child trifecta destroyed everything, can add a new moniker to his credentials: bigot. It seems the congressman won't attend family functions that his sister Victoria Fossella and her partner Maggie Scharsella attend.
Fossella's behavior toward his own flesh and blood is reminiscent of the conduct of other hard-right conservatives like Alan Keyes and Newt Gingrich, who also rejected openly gay members of their families. In Keyes' case, he actually threw his daughter Maya Marcel-Keyes out of the house, cut her off financially, and refused contact with her.
Apparently it all depends on what the meaning of the word "family" is.