Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Dear Advocate, I'm Sorry

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Dear Advocate, I'm Sorry

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This February, Justin Goddard felt compelled to write an open letter to gays and lesbians. Naturally, he sent it to us

First off, I'm a straight man. A few years ago when President Bush sought to amend the Constitution to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman, I was a staunch supporter. I wrote to my elected officials, Sen. Jim Talent and Sen. Kit Bond, and asked them to support it too. At the time I belonged to the Eastern Jackson County Young Republicans and we were heavily involved in the movement. We wrote our representatives, signed petitions, and did whatever we could in order to show support. I knew that it was a long shot, and I was right: Nothing came of it.

In 2004 my home state of Missouri took matters into its own hands and passed legislation to put a statewide ban on gay marriage on the primary ballot that August. Of course, I voted for the ban. The ballot measure passed with an overwhelming 71% in favor, 29% against. I was ecstatic.

A lot has changed in my life since then. Mainly, I met and fell in love with a girl I met online. I believe that in every person's life there is a person that helps change the way he or she looks at life. …

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