Missouri lawmaker says he is gay, denounces school bill

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | 12:27 p.m. CDT; updated 1:11 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 2, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — A Republican Missouri House member has publicly announced he's gay and is calling on GOP leaders to end legislation that would limit discussion of sexual orientation in public schools.

Rep. Zachary Wyatt, R-Kirksville, held a Capitol news conference Wednesday at which he said he was disclosing his sexual orientation for the first time. Wyatt and several other lawmakers denounced a bill that would prohibit teaching, extracurricular activities or materials that discuss sexual orientation unless they relate to the scientific facts about human reproduction.

The bill appears unlikely to pass before the session ends but has generated attention. Comedian Stephen Colbert mocked the Missouri proposal on his television show.

Rep. Steve Cookson, R-Fairdealing, sponsored the bill and says he won't withdraw it.

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Robert Tyler May 2, 2012 | 4:28 p.m.

Well that's quite a surprise -- after serving for years as a foot soldier in a political party that promotes hatred and bigotry against gays, Zachary Wyatt (R-Kirksville) suddenly "comes out of the closet".

Better to be truthful late, than never, I suppose

Now at last he tells us he's opposed to to Republican anti-gay legislation. It would be nice to also know where he stands on Republican anti-woman legislation, and on Republican policies and legislation against the middle class, trashing Medicare and Social Security and giving huge tax breaks to those who are already very rich.

Oh, and if Zachary Wyatt has a conscience, how can it let him stay in the Republican Party?

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