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Senate race raises assumptions, presumptions about sexuality

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As the race for U.S. Senate heats up in New Jersey an unusual question has taken center stage: is Newark Mayor Cory Booker gay? And does it matter?

The mayor says he's straight, but during an interview this week Booker added that he loves when people ask if he's gay and that his sexuality shouldn't matter.

I went to find out why some people may assume a man is gay just because he's unmarried at a certain age.

While, they say clothes make the man. It seems there's some confusion over well-dressed Booker, a Senate candidate.

Some wonder whether he's gay or not? His self-confessed-scotch-drinking, cigar-smoking opponent Republican Steve Lonegan says it is "weird" he will not publicly reveal his own sexuality way or another.

Booker will only say he loves the question because it challenges people's homophobia.

Dr. Judy Kuriansky, a relationship therapist, says Booker's reaction is brilliant. She says Booker's sexuality is no one's business but his own. And, while she says most people are open-minded there is just one thing most cannot stand: liars.

I asked people if they thought I am gay or straight. I further asked: Why do you think it is a man in New York City -- 30s, 40s, 50s -- he doesn't have kids, he's not married, he might even have cats, why do people assume automatically not heterosexual?

People guessed about me. I eventually told some guys I was married. But I never told them who i was married to.

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