A Republican lawmaker who is a Mormon has come out as gay after more than 2 decades of struggle to accept it. Nathan Ivie, a 40-year-old Utah county commissioner and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, spoke about his sexuality in a Facebook statement, emphasizing that talking about it is never easy, but it is still a part of his reality and it does not mean he is unable to “continue to serve my county as Utah County commissioner with all of my heart. I know there are haters in every area of our lives, but we cannot let that be what defines us as a community.” The Utah-based faith opposes gay marriage. Earlier this year, however, the church announced it would review its current policy that opposes same-sex relationships. In the video, the Republican shares the struggles he has endured, including a suicide attempt at the age of 22 because he knew he was different from the age of 9 and could no longer deal with it. vie said his decision to post the public video was inspired in part by his work with families who have lost LGBT+ children to suicide. “That really makes you reevaluate your life, and what you’re doing as a leader to prevent that kind of stuff,” he said.