INDIANA — A Republican candidate for Goshen’s District 5 City Council seat has confirmed that a profile page featuring his photos and info on gay dating site Adam4Adam is indeed his own.
The page contains a lot of general information — much of which is explicit — and Randall has actively used the site to connect with gay men.
Randal was married for 22 years before divorcing his wife in 2009.
“My life has changed a lot over the last six years since my divorce,” says Randal, who still regularly checks the profile. “I do talk to people. I’ve never met anybody from that profile. I do enjoy meeting new people of all different walks of life. I don’t even know if I consider myself bisexual or not. I just experimented a little since I was single again.”
Nevertheless, the 53-year-old Randal — who’s running against Adam Scharf, a Democrat, for Goshen’s District 5 seat currently held by Everett Thomas — went on record just last week saying that he was against amending the city’s civil rights ordinance to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” saying members of the LGBT community are currently protected under the law and no amendment is needed on the local level.
Despite his Adam4Adam profile, he still stands by his position:
“I don’t know if I thought this wouldn’t come up or would (when running for office). But I still believe in my heart of hearts that our gay and lesbian communities are protected currently under the law. If there are cases that need to be brought, let’s bring them. I don’t know why they feel they need special protections when there are other categories that might need protections. My little experimentation over the last six years hasn’t changed my view on that.”
He doesn’t know whether the Adam4Adam profile will wind up hurting his chances at the District 5 seat, but thinks Goshen is an open-minded community.
“In the back of my mind I knew that profile was out there,” Randall said. “I really didn’t think it would come out. It’s a bridge I really didn’t want to cross. The other side of that is I’ve been dating women too. It’s just something I’ve opened myself up for.”
Randall is the radio voice for Goshen High School football and basketball on Elkhart.com. He’s also head Goshen High School boys golf coach. And relationship development manager at Eby Ford Lincoln.
He wears many hats.
h/t: Goshen News