PA lawmaker among nation's first openly gay GOP legislators

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 3, 2012 3:45 PM

(Harrisburg) -- State Representative Mike Fleck is one of the country's first sitting Republican state legislators who is openly gay.

Denis Dison of the Washington, D.C.-based Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute says Fleck is also currently the country's only sitting Republican state legislator who is openly gay.

The 39-year-old Fleck of Huntingdon County came out in a local newspaper interview published Saturday.

The devout Christian attended Liberty University, the evangelical school founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, and he represents a conservative district between Altoona and State College.

Fleck was re-elected last month to a fourth two-year term. Dison says several Republican state legislators in other states came out while in office. An openly gay Republican elected to the Ohio House will be sworn in in January.

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