"It's been the most incredible day of my life," said Pennsylvania Rep. Mike E. Fleck of Springfield Township, Huntingdon County, who on Saturday announced that he is gay.
Fleck, a 39-year-old divorced Republican, who is about to begin his fourth term in the Pennsylvania House representing Huntingdon County and parts of Blair and Mifflin Counties, said the announcement "was about being honest with my constituents."
He explained, however, "It was a big step coming out. It is something I have been working toward for months."
The reaction has been overwhelming, Fleck explained in an interview late Saturday night.
He said he decided to tell the residents of the 81st District he was gay through an article in the Huntingdon Daily News, his home county newspaper. That article appeared Saturday.
He told his very personal life story in what turned out to be one of the longest articles that paper has ever run, and the reaction has been overwhelming.