Gay Missouri Lawmaker Denounces School Bill

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CBS St. Louis

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) –  A Missouri Republican legislator, Rep. Zachary Wyatt,  of Green Castle, held a press conference Wednesday  to come out publicly as a gay man and to speak against a bill banning discussion of sexual orientation in public schools.

“Being gay has never been a Democrat or Republican issue, and it should never be,” Wyatt said.

Wyatt decided to come out publicly in order to draw attention to issues such as sexual orientation discrimination and bullying in schools. During the press conference, Wyatt, who served in the US Air Force, said that he regrets not coming forward on these issues earlier, and wishes that he had not gone against his beliefs in order to support his party.

Five Republicans, along with several members of the Democratic Party, attended the press conference in support of Wyatt.

Rep. Steve Cookson, R-Fairdealing, is sponsoring the bill. Cookson said in a…

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