When I decided to run for council so as to serve the interest of the people of the city of Glendale, I did not anticipate it would bring me to the painful point of publicly discussing intimate aspects of my personal life which, I believed then and believe now, are not relevant to my ability to serve.
Some twenty-five years ago, I went through a very stressful experience of having to come to terms with the fact that although I was a happily married man, I needed to confront my wife with the fact that I was gay. At that time, when society was less tolerant of alternative sexual orientations, I was ticketed twice for lewd conduct with a Consenting Adult. Though the infractions were misdemeanors, and I stress misdemeanors, I needed to address my public impropriety with my wife.
This is the infraction which Councilman Drayman has publicized. My wife Lorraine and I, both then and now, have a deep and abiding love for each other. We came to terms with my sexual orientation and decided it could not, and would not, destroy or shake our marriage in which we shared a powerful affection and respect for each other.