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Va. state delegate comes out, becomes second openly gay state lawmaker

Saturday, February 22, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia delegate from Fairfax has become the second openly gay member of the state legislature.

Mark D. Sickles

Mark D. Sickles

Del. Mark D. Sickles announced that he is gay in a Washington Post opinion column on Friday.

The Democrat is among those vying for the nomination to run for the Northern Virginia congressional seat of retiring Rep. Jim Moran.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the state’s other openly gay legislator, state Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria also is vying for the nomination for Moran’s seat.

In a column titled “A marriage ruling that counts me in” Sickles cited the Feb. 13 decision by a federal judge in Norfolk who ruled Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Sickles also said recent comments by some House Republicans contributed to the timing of his announcement.

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41 more reader comments:

  1. Good for him!

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 4:48pm
  2. Dennis get it!

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 4:50pm
  3. Oh wow!

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 4:57pm
  4. Good. It’s time for ALL closeted citizens to come out!

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 4:57pm
  5. Now more room – new clothes!

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 5:01pm
  6. Alright….

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 5:10pm
  7. Thank you, Mark Sickles…

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 5:22pm
  8. Live Out Loud! <3

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 5:27pm
  9. What is a delegate? What branch of government and what is their function?

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 5:28pm
  10. oh, my… How lucky! We’ve recruited another one!

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 5:30pm
  11. Good job!

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 5:30pm
  12. THANK YOU SIR!! Virginia is for ALL lovers.

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 5:33pm
  13. Homosexual sex has nothing to do with love.

    Replied on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 10:59pm
  14. If that is your belief, you don't understand what real love is.

    Replied on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 11:14pm
  15. I knew it, Now, be good & live your life honestly.

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 5:59pm
  16. You make me proud to be from VA!

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 6:29pm
  17. Congratulations on getting out of that closet! Good Luck. May those homophobes Wake up and SMELL THE COFFEE! There’s a new day coming, and it’s right around the corner. I hope those Virginians love you enough to vote you in

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 6:40pm
  18. Good for him.

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 6:54pm
  19. better latent than never, right?

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 6:59pm
  20. For me, someone who holds an office and is as old as he is, just coming out of the closet makes him a little untrustworthy. He keeps secrets, and that is indicative of his character.

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 7:12pm
  21. You do understand he grew up in a time when being gay was still looked at as a disease? He may have been struggling to come to terms with it up until now for all we know. Someone's personal life being more private does not indicate he is a liar; if anything it means he's careful.

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 6:20am
  22. Of course!

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 7:18pm
  23. It’s not easy to come out, but now is the time and I’m proud of you for being true to yourself.

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 7:46pm
  24. congratulations!

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 8:04pm
  25. Now VA needs to stop violating the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution and follow the federal judge’s court order to allow same sex civil marriage in VA.

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 8:37pm
  26. Now they should just eradicate Virginia from the Union b/c we all know queers are not capable of doing anything but hair and nails. Here’s another secret… Betcha if you scratch the surface more there are more of us Queers higher up and have been here for years… Hmmmmm? makes you wonder huih?

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 8:59pm
  27. Good for him! No matter what anybody has to say this decision was probably a difficult one to make. So many people are jealous and want to deny another persons strength, which they lack. Makes you wonder about the stupidity of others and why he had to keep it private.

    Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 11:23pm
  28. Love!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:23am
  29. About time…. geesh he’s about 30 yr from being a senior citizen and still not out… your’re gonna love the new found space in your closet…enjoy…lol. and I’. Kidding.. good for him..just for all those uptight people who can’t take a joke..

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:00am
  30. in a transgender woman and gay proud havent meant the right guy but. proud of ya here from kentucky. always stay true to you and follow your heart. i no it takes a heavy load off yr heart be proud of yourself. a big pat on back. proud of ya hugs and love from kentucky.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:44am
  31. WOW! How cool….said the lady from Va.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:31am
  32. GOOD FOR YOU!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:29am
  33. Well done!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:40am
  34. AWESOME Thank YOU. We need more like you to step up to the plate.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:36am
  35. FANTASTIC!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 6:05am
  36. More power to your valor of openly declaring your life and facing your fears in such an open and hostile forum….it makes me ashamed to see our fellow Americans display such disgusting righteous divisional hatred for a personal choice they do not agree with. God told us all to let live and let him make the judgments and sentencing of his mandates …not mankind!!! PERIOD!!! OXOXOX

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 7:37am
  37. woow., that’s great :D

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 8:20am
  38. good for you!! Thank you

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:27pm
  39. cheers ! congrats !

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:48pm
  40. Nice!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:50pm
  41. You make me proud of Virginia!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:03pm