Pennsylvania State Rep. Mike Fleck, who is a Republican, publicly came out in an article in the Huntingdon Daily News on Saturday. Rep. Fleck is a graduate of the conservative Christian college Liberty University and once worked as a district executive for the Boy Scouts of America.
Rep. Fleck made the decision to privately come out last year, but now he’s gone public with his years of struggle which culminated with the end of his marriage. He and his wife were married in 2002 but have no children, reports PoliticsPA.com.
Rep. Fleck told the Huntingdon Daily News: “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.”
"I sought out treatment from a Christian counselor, but when that didn’t work out, I engaged a secular therapist who told me point blank that I was gay and that I was too caught up in being the perfect Christian rather than actually being authentic and honest."
"Through years of counseling, I’ve met a lot of gay Christians who have tried hard to change their God-given sexual orientation, but at the end of the day, I know of none who’ve been successful. They’ve only succeeded at repressing their identity, only to have it reappear time and time again and always wreaking havoc not only on themselves, but especially on their family."