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Thu., Sept. 6, 2007, 9:56 a.m.

Former governor: “I am a gay American”

From today's op-ed page column by James McGreevey, former governor of New Jersey who resigned amid a same-sex scandal and has now found peace in his life because he no longer has to lie about who he is.

Ultimately, like Sen. Craig, I resigned for the perceived good of my family, state and political party. And in so doing, I at long last accepted a fundamental truth, namely, that I am a gay American. In my soul, I found peace. In my heart, I found love. In my psyche, I disassembled the twisted separate strands of my life to create a healthy integrated person. And with my God, I found purpose.

I can only pray that Larry Craig and his loving family come to peace with his truth, whatever that may be. To those who judge him harshly, I ask that they fill their hearts with compassion and equanimity. The senator did not have a lover on the payroll, as I did; nor did he engage in sexual relations for money or use his office for unethical professional or personal gain.
I pray that the tide of American history continues to sweep toward the inevitable expansion of freedom that recognizes the worth and dignity of every individual — and that mine is the last generation that is required to choose between affairs of the heart and elected office.

Stay in the closet and save your public life or walk out and save your personal life?
Blog lines are open.

(AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer)




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