Republican City Council candidate Brent Randall has been a vocal opponent to adding the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to Goshen, Indiana’s civil rights ordinance, noting that he feels members of the LGBT community are currently protected under existing law and an amendment is not needed locally.
News broke late last week that Randall has an active profile on an online gay dating site that boasts it’s the “world’s largest gay hookup site,” local news site The Goshen News reports.
Randall, the radio voice for Goshen High School football and basketball as well as the school’s head golf coach, admitted to creating his profile on Adam4Adam. He told the Goshen News, “I don’t even know if I consider myself bisexual or not. I just experimented a little since I was single again.”
“My life has changed a lot over the last six years since my divorce,” Randall said. “… (The profile page is) still active. I do check it. I do talk to people. I’ve never met anybody from that profile. I do enjoy meeting new people of all different walks of life.” he added.
“In the back of my mind I knew that profile was out there,” Randall said. “I really didn’t think it would come out. … It’s a bridge I really didn’t want to cross. The other side of that is I’ve been dating women too. It’s just something I’ve opened myself up for.”
Randall, 53, isn’t changing his position on the ordinance despite being outed.
“I don’t know why they feel they need special protections when there are other categories that might need protections,” he says of LGBT people. “My little experimentation over the last six years hasn’t changed my view on that.”
The Terre Haute Tribune Star has found at least one Republican candidate willing to stand by Randall:
Randall’s opponent is taking the high road, telling The Goshen News he believes it’s a non-issue:
“He is the same person today as he was yesterday and is the right person to serve on City Council representing District 5,” Goshen Republican mayoral candidate Mary Cripe says. “We are deeply saddened to see someone’s private personal life be exposed, by no choice of his own, for what can only appear to be political motivations. His entire life is turned upside down. Our only hope is that this is not some type of political tactic by the opposing party, as we all signed the Fair Campaign Pledge.”