In a move being called “courageous,” Massachusetts State Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg has come out gay.

In a guest column about liberty published in the July 4 edition of the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Rosenberg described himself as a gay man, reported.

“I rarely discuss these facets of my character because I don't practice identity politics. I practice policy politics,” Rosenberg wrote in a column titled The Bay State's Road To Equality.

“Five years ago, Massachusetts stood alone as the birthplace of marriage equality in America. Today, five states have joined us in providing full marriage equality.”

“I am proud to have been a member of the Legislature that helped start this national movement, not just because it marks the beginning of the eventual end to another form of injustice, but because it marks what I consider to be another milestone on our road to freedom – the eventual end to identity politics. As a foster child who grew up as a ward of the state, as a gay man, as a Jew, I understand what it's like to be cast as 'the other'.”

John S. Baick, a history professor at Western New England College, told the paper that while out politicians risk political retribution from conservatives, making such statements shows “personal and political courage.”

Rosenberg, the president pro tempore of the Senate, was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1986. During the state's 2004 fight for gay marriage, he backed granting gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

The senator has declined questions on the issue.