Now that the US House of Representative's Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer has come out in favor of gay marriage, one of his three daughters has come out as a lesbian.
Hoyer is a congressman from Maryland where same-sex marriage was signed into law in March by Gov. Martin O’Malley.
'The momentum in Maryland right now for the adoption of the gay marriage law is fast-paced,' Stefany Hoyer Hemmer tells Washington Blade. 'I'm 43 years of age, and I've been gay my whole life and I just figured this is a good time to lend my name to the cause.'
Hemmer, who works as a clinical nurse liaison for Maryland’s Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, says she's been out to family and close friends.
But she had never before made any kind of public statement about her sexuality. Although she consulted with her father before going public, she says doing so was entirely her idea.
The congressman went public with his support for marriage equality just days after President Barack Obama did so.
'I’m personally an advocate, and I’m certainly not one to hide my sexuality, but I’ve never out there with it politically,' Hemmer said. 'So, I think when my dad actually came out with a statement, it triggered a want in me to further the cause, and I think that he’s powerful enough, and I’m frankly, smart enough, to do it. So, yeah, that was really the impetus.'