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Ohio "Family Values" state legislator resigns after admitting to gay sex in his office

Conservative Ohio state legislator Wes Goodman who has admitted to having sex with a man in his office abruptly resigned from his position on Tuesday. Goodman is not an LGBT advocate and is a detractor of many of its stances.

He was a strong opponent of marriage equality and posted on his now dark website, that he believes in a "Healthy, vibrant, thriving, values-driven families are the source of Ohio's proud history and the key to Ohio's future greatness. The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting."

Goodman was confronted by House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R) after the allegations were made and he confirmed that he had consensual sex in the Riffe Center office according to the Columbus Dispatch.

“I was alerted to details yesterday afternoon regarding his involvement in inappropriate behavior related to his state office,” Rosenberg said in a statement. “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.”

He did resign for “inappropriate conduct” but no charges of sexual harassment will be filed since it was a consensual encounter and not with anyone in the office.

 “We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life. That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service,” he said in a statement. “For those whom I have let down, I’m sorry. As I move onto the next chapter of my life, I sincerely ask for privacy for myself, my family, and my friends.”

On Twitter, Goodman described himself as “Christian. American. Conservative. Republican.”