James Holmes

MO State GOP Rep. Comes Out Because of 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

Filed By James Holmes | May 03, 2012 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: coming out of the closet, Don't Say Gay bill, Missouri, Rep. Zach Wyatt

It is not often that I can say I am proud of a Republican, but yesterday Republican state Representative Zach Wyatt of my home state of Missouri came out publicly.Zachary-Wyatt1.jpg

His step out of the closet was inspired by the proposed "Don't Say Gay" Bill that would severely restrict the discussion of homosexuality in public schools - going so far as preventing gay students from discussing bullying with a school counselor.

In the video below, he states that he will soon be leaving office, and I am unfamiliar with his history in the Missouri house, but coming out takes bravery no matter who we are.

Wyatt tells the PoliticMO:

"Students need to feel safe when they go to school," Wyatt said, noting that the legislation could limit things like "Gay-Straight alliance" groups in schools.

Luckily Scott Dieckhaus, House Education Committee Chairman, says the legislation will probably not make it out of committee.

Missouri, I occasionally still have pride in you.

Check out the video after the jump.

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