JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KPLR) - A Missouri lawmaker openly professes he's gay for the first time. He is hoping the admission would encourage his colleagues to strike down a controversial bill to limit discussion of sexual orientation in public schools.
The Kirksville Daily Express is reporting representative Zachary Whatt disclosed his sexual orientation then denounced the bill.
It prohibits teaching, extra-curricular activities or materials that discuss sexual orientation in schools unless they relate to human reproduction. The bill appears unlikely to pass.
On Tuesday the bill was ridiculed by the Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Host Stephen Colbert ripped the bill saying, "finding out that homosexuality exists is a slippery slope to tolerating it". See the full report here: