Proposition 8’s pulling all sorts of people out of the closet.
The former mayor of Folsom, California, Fait took out an ad in his local paper this week to announce his homosexuality – and, yes, to fight the proposition:
Fait, 65, said he felt so strongly about his opposition to Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that seeks to ban same-sex marriage, that he decided to out himself to the community where he has lived for more than 40 years.
“I think people will be surprised,” said Fait.
“For weeks, I was trying to figure out what I can do and then I thought, well, I can do this.”
Fait paid $660 for the quarter-page ad that ran Wednesday in the weekly Folsom Telegraph, which has a printing of 17,000.
“I have lived in Folsom most of my life,” the ad began. “As a gay man, I have a personal interest in Proposition 8. My civil rights are at stake.”
Fait, who is single, says he hopes his action will help dispel some people’s preconceived notions on same-sex lovers: “People often have stereotypes of gay people. It helps sometimes when they realize that someone they have a business or community relationship with is gay.”