Republican political adviser and Georgia resident James Richardson came out as gay in a personal letter published in the Washington Post on September 4. He writes:
It’s not always easy to love Georgia, or love in it. Our state constitution explicitly forbids same-sex unions, and the local economy remains defiantly sluggish. Yet in spite of its blemishes, my would-be groom and I are deeply committed to our community, one whose values of faith and family we share.
Richardson, who previously has worked for Jon Huntsman, Haley Barbour, and the Republican National Committee, hopes that sharing his story might personalize the issue of marriage equality for Georgians and prompt traditional marriage supporters to reconsider the issue.
You can read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s op-ed on Richardson’s letter here.