Maryland Delegate Peter Murphy (D-Charles County) has come out of the closet in an article in the Washington Blade. Murphy, who was previously married to a woman and has two children, says that he's been out to his colleagues and family for years.
Murphy, who represents a conservative district, was not one of the group of gay and lesbian delegates who released an open letter this week encouraging their fellow legislators to support marriage equality. When asked if he'd be joining the LGBT caucus, Murphy said he didn't know it existed.
"I just come here to do my work," he said, "I'm not a big social person. I've never felt any pressure from anyone to be anything but what I am."
He added that officials at Equality Maryland, the statewide LGBT rights group, have known for years that he's gay and that he supports their issues. In addition to sponsoring the marriage equality bill, Murphy also supports the pending bill to ban discrimination in employment and housing based on gender identity.
Maryland has the most out gay and lesbian legislators in the nation.