A Republican representative for the Ohio state legislature has resigned after being caught having consensual sex with a man in his legislative office. Wes Goodman, whose Twitter profile describes him as a ‘Christian. American. Conservative. Republican. Husband to @Beth1027’ ran for the Ohio state legislature in 2016 on a platform of small-town family values. His website states:
Healthy, vibrant, thriving, values-driven families are the source of Ohio’s proud history and the key to Ohio’s future greatness. The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting.
Unfortunately for Goodman, while his marriage was ‘natural’ according to Christian conservative standards, it seems to have been anything but committed. Like so many white Christian males who have gone before him, Wes Goodman appears to have been speaking out and voting for legislation against the very issues he himself was struggling with. We almost feel sorry for him.
When Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R) heard of the allegations against Goodman, he purportedly confronted the embattled legislator and asked for his resignation. Stated Rosenberger:
I was alerted to details yesterday afternoon regarding his involvement in inappropriate behavior related to his state office. I met with him later in the day where he acknowledged and confirmed the allegations. It became clear that his resignation was the most appropriate course of action for him, his family, the constituents of the 87th House District and this institution.
Question, Mr. Speaker. Was Goodman asked to resign because he was caught ‘behaving inappropriately’ at his place of work (their official reason for Goodman’s resignation), or because he was caught having sex with a man at work?
After his resignation, Goodman stated:
We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life. That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service. For those whom I have let down, I’m sorry. As I move onto the next chapter of my life, I sincerely ask for privacy for myself, my family, and my friends.
We sincerely hope for Mr. Goodman’s sake that the ‘next chapter’ involves accepting himself for who he is rather than hiding his self-hatred behind Christianity and Conservatism. But it is more likely that it will involve a trip to a ‘sexual treatment center’, a big dose of self-loathing due to his body’s ‘unnatural’ desires, and possibly even some flogging to remove himself of his demons.
Such are the trials and tribulations of the closeted gay Christian Conservative.
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