Bil Browning

Refreshing: State GOP Lawmaker Comes Out

Filed By Bil Browning | December 02, 2012 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Brian Sims, gay GOP, Mike Fleck, openly gay Republican

Well, this is refreshing... A Pennsylvania Republican legislator has come out of the closet - and there's no scandal attached!pink-elephant.jpg

In a deeply personal story by the Huntingdon Daily News (subscription), [State Rep. Mike] Fleck, a devout Christian, explained the difficult road to his announcement.

"Coming out is hard enough, but doing it in the public eye is definitely something I never anticipated," he said. "I'm still the exact same person and I'm still a Republican and, most importantly, I'm still a person of faith trying to live life as a servant of God and the public. The only difference now is that I will also be doing so as honestly as I know how."

He said his party affiliation remains strong.

"The Republican party is all about the government needing to stay out of people's lives," Fleck said. "I'm not a one-issue person and it's not a one-issue party."

Fleck separated from his wife last year. He'll be joined in the legislature by longtime Bilerico reader Brian Sims - the first openly gay man to be elected in the state.

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