San Angelo's gay former mayor speaks out

Posted on 22 May 2009 at 10:03am

Here’s audio of a 30-minute telephone press conference given Thursday from Mexico by former San Angelo Mayor J.W. Lown, who stepped down on Tuesday to pursue a relationship with a man who’s not a legal U.S. citizen. Lown clearly was closeted as mayor but chose to resign and come out because he fell in love with his partner. I haven’t listened to much of the press conference, but here’s part of the statement made by Lown at the outset:

“In my mind it came to a decision of whether I pursue a promising political career and frankly, you know, sacrifice my humanity, and I just felt I couldn’t make that sacrifice. I had to give this situation the opportunity or I would regret it the rest of my life, and I couldn’t’ serve San Angelo under those conditions.”

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