Republican lawmaker Nathan Ivie just came out as a gay man. He says that after struggling with it for 20 years, he has decided he's gay, reported NBC.
On Wednesday morning, Ivie, the Utah County commissioner, announced the decision via a video. In a video posted to Facebook, the 40-year-old said that has had the experience of growing up feeling at odds “spiritually and biologically" with his church.
Ivie is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. However, he declined to comment on his faith and whether he believes in the teachings of the Mormon Church.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints strongly opposes gay marriage and still considers same-sex relationships to be a serious transgression. The majority of his constituents in Utah County, which includes Brigham Young University, are members of the church.
Ivie revealed that he attempted suicide at 22 because of his "gay feelings." He says since he has revealed his orientation, his family and friends have been supportive.
Ivie has been married to his wife for 13 years. They have decided to separate, but they will continue to co-parent their two young children.
In his announcement, Ivie did not say that he was intending to change his political affiliation.
“It’s OK to be different, it’s OK to live authentically,” he said. “You can be gay and a Republican ... you need to trust that people will love you for who you really are.”