Uh, it doesn't matter what some say. If he committed impropriety, he should face criminal charges. What he committed is both pedophilia and sexual harassment. I don't want gay people associated with pedophiles. That's something we have to deflect and criticize. For decades, the psychological and medical communities in this country were convinced that homosexuals were in the same group as pedophiles, and often many believed that they were child molesters themselves.
As a gay man, I absolutely CANNOT be sympathic towards Foley at all. What he did was criminal and he deserves to be prosecuted. I feel that all child molesters should be tried in law, and should receive equal consistent trials and punishment if convicted [regardless of sexuality] (often this is not the case in the United States, as homosexual age of consent is more strictly enforced).
Even with the faults in this system, what this guy did is not only ethically and morally wrong, but also criminally wrong. He should be facing criminal charges.
What is objectionable, what is dangerous, about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents. - Robert F. Kennedy