The father of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart announced over the weekend that he is gay and divorcing his wife, Lois.
Ed Smart wrote a long message on Facebook expressing his emotions about this turning point in his life.
“I have recently acknowledged to myself and my family that I am gay," he said.
"The decision to be honest and truthful about my orientation comes with its own set of challenges, but at the same time it is a huge relief,”
He also revealed that he'll be leaving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, because it's no longer "a place where he finds solace."
Elizabeth Smart issued a statement in response to the news, but only commented on the aspect of her parents' divorce.
“While I am deeply saddened by their separation, nothing could change my love and admiration for them both," she said.
"Their decisions are very personal. As such, I will not pass judgment and rather am focusing on loving and supporting them and the other members of my family.”
(via Page Six)