Elizabeth Smart's father announces he is gay and is divorcing his wife https://t.co/PxwHFYwvQM— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 16, 2019
Ed Smart, dad of Elizabeth Smart, announced he is gay, divorcing his wife, and also leaving The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He announced in a Facebook post:
"It is with this same spirit that I wish to share the news that I have recently acknowledged to myself and my family that I am gay, the decision to be honest and truthful about my orientation comes with its own set of challenges, but at the same time it is a huge relief."
Ed on leaving his church:
"As an openly gay man, the Church is not a place where I find solace any longer."
"Living with the pain and guilt I have for so many years, not willing to accept the truth about my orientation has at times brought me to the point where I questioned whether life was still worth living, I can no longer live trying to appease someone else's idea of who I should be, and have come to the conclusion that it was never my Savior's intent to change me from the way I was born."
Elizabeth has also released a statement:
"My parents taught me as a young child that they would love me unconditionally no matter what happened," she said. "While I am deeply saddened by their separation, nothing could change my love and admiration for them both. Their decisions are very personal. As such, I will not pass judgment and rather am focusing on loving and supporting them and the other members of my family."
Honestly, good for him.
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