Brent Randall, a Republican candidate
for Goshen, Indiana City Council, has been outed as gay.
The Goshen News reported that
Randall, 53, has confirmed that he has a profile on the gay dating
Randall has campaigned against a
proposal to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to
the city's civil rights ordinance. He said that such an amendment is
not needed because the LGBT community is protected under existing
He told The
News that his views on the issue have not changed.
“I still believe in my heart of
hearts that our gay and lesbian communities are protected currently
under the law,” Randall said.
Mary Cripe, a fellow Republican who is
campaigning for mayor, said of the outing: “We are deeply saddened
to see someone's private personal life be exposed, by no choice of
his own, for what can only appear to be political motivations. …
Brent Randall has done so much for the Goshen community and we will
rally together to support him now and after the election.”
Randall's political rival, Democrat
Adam Scharf, called the revelation a non-issue as it relates to the