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Anti-Gay Republican Steps Down After Gay Sex Scandal

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Republican State Rep. Wes Goodman of Ohio, who spent much of his career advocating what he called traditional family values and passing anti-LGBT legislation, has resigned following reports that he had "inappropriate conduct" with a man in his office.

State House Chief of Staff Mike Dittoe learned of the encounter on Nov. 14, though it reportedly happened a couple weeks before that, reports Fox News. Goodman has been married to his wife Bethany since 2012.

"We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life," Goodman said in a statement released on Nov. 15, according to Fox News. "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."

Republican House Speaker Clifford Rosenberger said he learned of Goodman's "inappropriate behavior related to his state office" on Nov. 14. According to Rosenberger's spokesman, Brad Miller, the other individual involved was not otherwise formally connected to state politics.

"I met with him later in the day where he acknowledged and confirmed the allegations," Rosenberger said in a statement. "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."

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Neither Rosenberger nor Miller would describe any details related to the act. According to Miller, Rosenberger and Goodman discussed the incident and agreed that it was "activity unbecoming of a state representative."

No charges have been filed, as the activity was reportedly consensual. However, Goodman also faces allegations that he fondled an 18-year-old college student in the middle of the night in 2015, according to Cincinnati.com.

Throughout his career, Goodman has touted conservative Christian values. While working as managing director of the Conservative Action Project, he said that he was leading "the fight for conservative principles like balanced budget, lower taxes, repealing Obamacare, life, and religious liberty," Fox News reports.

Goodman has taken down his official campaign website since leaving office. Cincinnati.com notes that it was full of photos of him and his wife as well as vows to fight for family values.

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"The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting," he wrote on his official website.

Sources: Heavy, Fox NewsCincinnati.com (2) / Featured Image: Cacophony/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Wesley Goodman/FacebookAlexander Smith/Wikimedia Commons

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