CRIME

Shooter's possible ties to Orlando gay scene raise questions

Was the Orlando nightclub gunman part of the local gay dating scene? As investigators ask that question, activists and academics reflect on a phenomenon that has been documented: Some men who profess to disdain homosexuality have covertly engaged in sex with other men.

Over the years, there's been a string of politicians and pastors who publicly opposed gay-rights initiatives, and eventually were implicated in furtive same-sex liaisons.

It's not yet known if Omar Mateen, killed in a gun battle with police during Sunday's attack on a gay nightclub, had any internal struggles related to sexual identity.

His father suggests he may have acted out of anti-gay hatred, and wasn't gay himself. The FBI is investigating reports that Mateen was a regular at the nightclub and used gay dating apps.