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N.D. GOP lawmaker who was outed after sending graphic photo on Grindr won’t resign

Randy Boehning

Randy Boehning

Randy Boehning

Randy Boehning

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota lawmaker who sent a graphic photo of himself to another user of a gay hook-up site says he has no intention of leaving the Legislature.

GOP Rep. Randy Boehning of Fargo tells The Associated Press that he’s been “getting a lot of support” from his constituents and lawmakers. He says he will finish his term, which ends in three years.

Boehning says he won’t talk about the matter publicly anymore.

The 52-year-old contractor said in April that he is gay and confirmed that he sent an unsolicited photo of his penis to another man on Grindr.

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Boehning told The Forum newspaper that he thought his exchange with the man was being made public in retaliation for his vote against a bill that would have protected gays and lesbians from discrimination.

Boehning, who has served in the North Dakota Legislature since 2003, missed the last several days of the session that ended in April. He returned Tuesday along with other lawmakers to finish a budget bill.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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