GOP lawmaker came out as gay during speech
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missouri house bill,
says no instruction material or extra-curricular activity sponsored by a
other than in scientific instruction concerning
shall be provided in any
. it is known in
as the don’t say gay bill. it would allow absolutely no discussion of
, no discussion at all, including any discussion of bullying. republican
yesterday stood up and said this.
students need to feel safe when they go to school and be able to speak with teachers, counselors and administrators when they are getting bullied. this bill will make that illegal.
there was a republican legislator opposing a republican anti-gay bill. in the same speech against the bill in the
capital yesterday representative,
, also said this.
i will not lie to myself anymore about my own sexuality. it has probably been the hardest thing to come to terms with. i have always ignored it. didn’t even think about it or want to talk about. i have not been immune to it. i hear the comments, usually snide ones about me. today, i ask you to stand with me as a proud republican, a proud veteran and a proud gay man who wants to protect all kids addressing bullying in our schools.
joining me now for his first national television interview, republican
, thank you very much for joining me tonight. tell us what your
was in deciding to stand up, not only in opposition to that bill but to speak about yourself.
well, first off, lawrence, thanks a lot for having me on this evening. you know, it took a lot of — i would say a lot of thought for me to think about what i was going to do this week. it was probably in january when i really came to terms with that i was a gay man. then, when this bill came out, house bill
, i truly wanted to lead on this issue and not be at the sidelines anymore.
the climate that you are working in there is really, i think, stunning for people certainly outside of
that aren’t aware of it. i want to read one of the comments of one of your colleagues. one of the bill’s cosponsors, dwight shinehorse the said told the ”
,” talking about gay issues of any kind would lead to other discussions. he said, quote, there is no need to talk about billy wanting to marry a goat. that’s the
that you work in.
i will tell you. i know representative scharnhorst really well. he has been great towards me and other members in the body. i think there is some concern for what he said but he has actually since then came up and talked with me and talked about other members and i really appreciate that. he wanted to make sure that we didn’t take — know that it wasn’t meant towards us and he was — i think it was just something that he said off the cuff.
what everyone watching this show i think is thinking in the most simple terms, why are you a republican? why did you, when you decided to go in to pursuing
, decide to go into it in this era as a republican knowing where the
is nationally and locally in
on issues involving
you know, the thing is, i’m not a one-issue person, lawrence. i really truly believe that we need to have a smaller government, we need to have a
. the state here in
, we have a
. i think that’s what saved us in these tough
. i really think that the we should give more money to the taxpayers. they shouldn’t be paying more into our government we should be giving more back to them and have an efficient government.
what would you say to other republicans out there, particularly
that are not
and officeholders in terms of what might be their responsibility. did you feel you had a responsibility to tell the country about this yourself?
i thought i needed to step up and lead on this issue. i am not going to be returning to the legislature next year, because i have been accepted to the go to the
university of hawaii
. so i made that decision before i decided to come out. i wanted to make sure if i could get one student to not go home, not go home from being bullied and hurt themselves or worse yet, take their own life, i think i have done my job as a
. for the people that are republicans that might not be out openly and they are serving in an elected capacity, just, i really look towards them and hopefully they will come to terms with their sexuality as well on their own terms. it is a very personal thing. to be elected, we are all in this
. i just really wanted to make sure that the people of
truly knew that the
is inclusive to — it is inclusive. i can tell you. there is 106 of us out of 163 down in
. each of us have something different to bring to the table. i really enjoy that.
, gets tonight’s last word. thanks for
good evening, americans. “the ed show” is taking the night