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Republican Politician Comes Out as Gay

Pennsylvania State Rep. [bold]Mike Fleck[/bold] came out today in an article that appears in the [italic]Huntingdon Daily News[/italic]. This makes him the first out gay legislator in the state and the only out gay Republican state legislator in the U.S., at least until January when gay Democrat Brian Sims takes his post in Pennsylvania's House.

Fleck, a 39-year-old alumni of the conversative Liberty University and former executive for the Boy Scouts of America was married (to a woman) until last year. He told the [italic]Daily News[/italic] that “Coming out is hard enough, but doing it in the public eye is definitely something I never anticipated. 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.”

According to [italic]PoliticsPA[/italic], the move will not affect his commitment to the Republican party. “The Republican party is all about the government needing to stay out of people’s lives,” he said. “I’m not a one-issue person and it’s not a one-issue party.”

There is no apparent political upside to Fleck's coming out, says [italic]PoliticsPA[/italic]'s Keegan Gibson, as he represents one of the "most conservative [areas] in the state. Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats nearly 2-1."

In his talks with the [italic]Daily News[/italic], Fleck said he'd met a great number of gay Christians who tried to change their sexual orientation, but none who had done so successfully.

by Anonymousreply 612/02/2012

Good for him! Now all he has to do is "come out" as a Democrat.

by Anonymousreply 112/02/2012

Yeah, right - Repubs have no problem with it. They why'd you come out AFTER the election, sweetheart?

by Anonymousreply 212/02/2012

Has he come out as an idiot yet?

by Anonymousreply 312/02/2012

Dear Advocate: "Alumni" is plural; "alumnus" is singular.

by Anonymousreply 412/02/2012

A Jewish Nazi

by Anonymousreply 512/02/2012

Funny how some of these gay Repubs suddenly develop a spine when gay marriage wins in 3 states.

With the conservative Christian background combined with going to Liberty University, this one must have spent years twisting his emotions into a pretzel.

by Anonymousreply 612/02/2012
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