Wes Goodman, a Republican lawmaker from Ohio, USA, known for his Christian conservative and anti-LGBT views, has been forced to resign after being caught having sex with a man in his office.
The sex act is also an affair as Goodman is married to a woman who is at the helm of an annual anti-abortion rally called “March for Life”.
The politician is known for his push for “family values”.
The man he was reportedly caught having sex within his office is not one of his employees.
Goodman, 33, resigned for “inappropriate conduct” shortly after being caught earlier this week.
His Twitter account has now been locked and his campaign website has been taken down.
On Twitter, he previously described himself as “Christian. American. Conservative. Republican & Husband” and often tweeted about how “natural marriage” was only between a man and a woman.
On his campaign website, he outlined his views on “family”: “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.”
The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT advocacy group in the US, named Mr Jordan in their Hall of Shame in 2014 for attempting to block marriage equality in the District of Columbia.
Mr Goodman, whose Twitter is now private and whose Facebook page has been taken offline, expressed his commitment to so-called family values in a statement back in 2013. “Faith, family, service, stewardship, strong education, and investment in our local communities are what Ohioans value. My wife Bethany and I value those same things and are ready to get to work to serve you,” he said.
The lawmaker acknowledged he was stepping down in a statement. “We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life,” he said.
“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 continued. “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.”
“I was alerted to details yesterday afternoon regarding his involvement in inappropriate behaviour related to his state office,” House Speaker Republican Cliff Rosenberger 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.”