RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia delegate from Fairfax has become the second openly gay member of the state legislature.
Del. Mark D. Sickles announced that he is gay in a Washington Post opinion column on Friday.
The Democrat is among those vying for the nomination to run for the Northern Virginia congressional seat of retiring Rep. Jim Moran.
In a column titled "A marriage ruling that counts me in" Sickles cited the Feb. 13 decision by a federal judge in Norfolk who ruled Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
Sickles also said recent comments by some House Republicans contributed to the timing of his announcement.