Conservative lawmaker resigns after consensual, 'inappropriate behavior' with a man i

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Conservative lawmaker resigns after consensual, 'inappropriate behavior' with a man in his office​

By Jen Hayden
Thursday Nov 16, 2017 · 12:05 PM EST

Republican Ohio state legislator Wes Goodman describes himself on his Twitter bio as "Christian. American. Conservative. Republican." The self-described “family values” conservative with a history of anti-LGBTQ stances has resigned after admitting he engaged in sex with a man in his Ohio office. From The Columbus Dispatch:
State Rep. Wes Goodman, who consistently touted his faith and conservative values, abruptly resigned late Tuesday after being confronted with evidence of inappropriate conduct with another man inside his Riffe Center office, the second Ohio lawmaker to fall within a month.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, met Tuesday afternoon with the Cardington Republican soon after the speaker became aware of an incident from weeks ago in the lawmaker’s office that, sources said, involved a male in a consensual situation.
Apparently someone witnessed the affair, and Republicans wasted no time demanding his resignation:
No harassment complaint, sexual or otherwise, was filed against Goodman. But someone, reportedly not a staffer, who knew of or witnessed the incident informed House Chief of Staff Mike Dittoe of the situation early Tuesday afternoon.

“I was alerted to details yesterday afternoon regarding his involvement in inappropriate behavior related to his state office,” Rosenberger said in a statement on Wednesday. “I met with him later in the day where he acknowledged and confirmed the allegations. 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.”
I realize that we're going through a phase of sexual scandal and reputation/career destruction in America right now. And, nobody enjoys more than I a conservative getting caught with his pants down - and with another man, no less! But, I have a serious issue with a man's life being destroyed for a consensual sexual affair with another person of consensual age in a non-predatory circumstance and legal sexual act. Screw Trump and his self-absorbed victimization - this is truly the victim of a witchhunt.
 
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I realize that we're going through a phase of sexual scandal and reputation/career destruction in America right now. And, nobody enjoys more than I a conservative getting caught with his pants down - and with another man, no less! But, I have a serious issue with a man's life being destroyed for a consensual sexual affair with another person of consensual age in a non-predatory circumstance and legal sexual act. Screw Trump and his self-absorbed victimization - this is truly the victim of a witchhunt.


To me the sex is irrelevant. Even that it was with a man. Sex isn't the issue. These people are voting on legislation that tries to strip away the constitutional rights of others. It's the hypocrisy !!! For him to publically take anit-gay stands and be in a position to vote on any type of anti-gay bills WHILE at the same time engaging in the very behavior he's legislating against just can't be allowed.

I'm a lot of things. The ONE thing I work the hardest on is NOT being a got damned hypocrite. I truly am a live and let live type of person. Unless what you're doing is having a negative effect on my life, knock yourself out, live your life, enjoy the hell out of it. But do NOT sit there, making rules or passing laws telling me what I can't do while you are engaged in the very same activities.
 
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To me the sex is irrelevant. Even that it was with a man. Sex isn't the issue. These people are voting on legislation that tries to strip away the constitutional rights of others. It's the hypocrisy !!! For him to publically take anit-gay stands and be in a position to vote on any type of anti-gay bills WHILE at the same time engaging in the very behavior he's legislating against just can't be allowed.

I'm a lot of things. The ONE thing I work the hardest on is NOT being a got damned hypocrite. I truly am a live and let live type of person. Unless what you're doing is having a negative effect on my life, knock yourself out, live your life, enjoy the hell out of it. But do NOT sit there, making rules or passing laws telling me what I can't do while you are engaged in the very same activities.
The Columbus Dispatch has always been and always will be a liberal newspaper. The Columbus Citizen-Journal was a conservative newspaper but Dispatch had the printing presses and printed their newspapers. Dispatch not liking a conservative viewpoint refused to print their newspapers just over 30 years ago. Columbus is a one newspaper town.