Anti-gay Republican quits after being caught having gay sex in office

Anti-gay Republican quits after being caught having gay sex in office

There's definitely some weight to the argument that those who protest something to extreme lengths are usually the guilty party. Take farting, for example, if someone violently denies that they farted, it's more than likely that they did - otherwise, they wouldn't be protesting so profusely. It turns out that this rule can be applied to all sections of society, including politics.

Wes Goodman, 33, is a Republican representative who opposed same-sex marriage. During his campaign, Mr. Goodman had been pushing for "a committed natural marriage" - i.e. a marriage between a man and a woman.

On his campaign website, Mr Goodman wrote:

"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."

However, in a classic case of ironic politics, Goodman has admitted to the House Speaker that he had consensual sex with a man inside of his Office in Ohio, USA. It's believed that the sex happened several months ago at his Riff Center office and it's being reported that the other man was not listed as one of Goodman's staff.

While the man isn't believed to have filed any form of complaint about the incident, it's rumoured that another person witnessed it and informed the Chief of Staff. The politician has since removed his social media accounts amid the rumours - and since they have been confirmed to be true, he has now quit his role. He said:

"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 that whom I have let down, I'm sorry."

Clifford Rosenberger, the Republican House Speaker, said that he had learned on Tuesday that Goodman had engaged in "inappropriate behaviour related to his state office."

"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."

According to his website, Goodman is a conservative Christian and former campaigner staffer to Republican representative Jim Jordan.

Before running moving into the world of politics, he served as the managing director for the Conservative Action Project, in which he claims he led: "the fight for conservative principles like a balanced budget, lower taxes, repealing Obamacare, life, and religious liberty."

Goodman's resignation is the latest controversy to hit the Ohio Legislature in recent weeks after a wave of alleged misconduct swept the office. Cliff Hite, a veteran Ohio Senator, resigned after allegations of sexual harassment were filed against him.

In light of both allegations, the Ohio House released a cache of documents to reporters that showed that three state representatives had been disciplined and that a staff aide had been fired of allegations of harassment.

Speaking about Goodman, State Republican Party Chairman Jame Timken, said:

"I believe Speaker Rosenberger said it best; his resignation was the most appropriate course of action for him, his family, the constituents of the 87th House District and the House."

Politicians, aye? You literally cannot believe a word they're saying.