The daddy of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Good has come out as homosexual, describing the choice as a “large reduction.”
In a letter shared on his Fb web page Friday, Ed Good, 64, stated he now not feels snug being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which opposes homosexual marriage and same-sex relationships however preaches love and compassion for LGBTQ folks.
Good informed Salt Lake Metropolis’s KUTV that he “struggled with this for many of his life.”
Elizabeth Good speaks throughout a information convention whereas her father Ed Good seems on, in Salt Lake Metropolis.
“I’ve principally watched in silence for years as many LGBTQ people each out and in of The Church [of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] have been victims of ridicule, shunning, rejection and outright humiliation,” Good wrote.
He added: “I didn’t need to face the emotions I fought so arduous to suppress, and didn’t need to attain out and inform these being ostracized that I too am numbered amongst them. However I can’t try this any longer.”
My dad and mom taught me as a younger baby that they’d love me unconditionally it doesn’t matter what occurred. Their selections are very private. As such, I cannot go judgment and somewhat am specializing in loving and supporting them and the opposite members of my household.”
The Good household gained nationwide prominence in June 2002 when Ed went earlier than TV cameras to plead for assist discovering his 14-year-old daughter Elizabeth, who had been kidnapped from the household’s Salt Lake Metropolis dwelling. Elizabeth Good was discovered alive 9 months later. Good and his daughter have since grow to be advocates for different kidnapped kids.
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Good stated he is sorry for the ache triggered to his longtime spouse, with whom he has 5 kids. He filed for divorce on July 5, Utah courtroom information present.
“I like my household and at all times will,” Good wrote. “Lois has been a loyal spouse, and extraordinary mom, who has needed to endure an unattainable a part of this journey. I deeply remorse the excruciating ache this has triggered her.”
Elizabeth Good, now a 31-year-old mom of three, stated she’s deeply saddened by her dad and mom’ separation however that nothing might change her love for them.
“My dad and mom taught me as a younger baby that they’d love me unconditionally it doesn’t matter what occurred,” she stated, with out referencing her father’s orientation. “Their selections are very private. As such, I cannot go judgment and somewhat am specializing in loving and supporting them and the opposite members of my household.”
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Ed Good first got here out to household and pals through Fb messenger. The Deseret Information in Salt Lake Metropolis first reported concerning the publish. He stated in his assertion Friday that he is grateful for the love and assist he has obtained up to now.
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“It was, as I’ve stated, extremely arduous getting thus far and I really feel for thus many which might be struggling in my state of affairs making an attempt to make the choice of whether or not to return out or stay closeted the remainder of their life,” he wrote. “That call is deeply private however liberating.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.