"Through the years, I have publicly spoken about being abused as a child and the confusion this caused me as a teenager. There are literally thousands of Missourians who will understand how heartbreaking childhood abuse can be - though few might be willing to acknowledge it. I have put the childhood abuse, and the teenage confusion behind me. What others intended for harm has resulted in untold good. I have overcome, and will not allow evil to win. There are people who to this day try to turn politics into a blood sport. This sort of approach discourages many good people from public service. While it is disappointing, I will have no fear of those who wish to tear down others for their gain. I will have no part of it. My faith in a loving and just God has helped to guide my approach with people. There are those who constantly seek to divide us, but I am committed to renewing the Spirit of Missouri and bringing people together with sensible conservative solutions." - Missouri state Sen. Bob Dixon
, reacting to this weekend's report that he identifies as "ex-gay." (Tipped by JMG reader Scott)
Dixon's mother, former Missouri state Rep. Jean Dixon, is an anti-gay crusader who used her son's "ex-gay" identity in her battle against a 1989 local production of The Normal Heart
. She says she would fight any attempt to stage the play today.
Labels: 2016 elections, ex-gay, Missouri, religion