Ever since Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in March, the journalistic fallout has been priceless. But the social and literal blowback has been a trainwreck.
Republican State Representative Jud McMillin, representing our state’s 68th district and co-sponsored the god-awful RFRA, resigned on September 29.
I say good riddance to bad rubbish, but — why did he resign? To witness about Jesus to lost tribes in the Amazon? To feed the starving children of Africa? To undergo radical sexual reassignment surgery?
No — although all of those things would be preferable to the reality. McMillin, a married man, was cheating on his wife. While in the act of cheating on his wife, he took explicit video with his phone. Then, he accidentally sent that video to everyone on his contacts list.
Isn’t he a special stupid snowflake.
He panicked, of course, scrambling to brush this teeny tiny “oops” under the rug with a mass text: “My phone was stolen in Canada and out of my control for about 24 hours. I have just been able to reactive it under my control. Please disregard any messages you received recently. I am truly sorry for anything offensive you may have received
Uh-huh. I’ll bet he’s sorry. He’s sorry for once again adding to the stereotype of an iron-fisted state legislator with a Napoleon complex who wants to bend everyone’s will to match his chosen set of ideals. Except that he’s a flaming hypocrite who can’t keep it in his pants. (Because that’s way less distasteful than the gays ordering pizza from someone who’s a blistering bigoted homophobe?)
The Indy Star
reported the following statement emailed by McMillan regarding his resignation: “[I have] decided the time is right for me to pass the torch and spend more time with my family. Now I want to focus all of my attention on making my family’s world a better place.”
Why? Because he was winning at making our world a better place and he just couldn’t stand all the tiger blood flowing through his veins?
His colleagues were nothing if not polite as they shooed him out the door. House Speaker Brian Bosma released the following statement: “Our caucus is thankful for Representative McMillin’s service to our state, and we fully support his decision to step down in order to focus on his family.”
Yeah — I’ll bet they do.
McMillin is also counted as one of the legislators who unsuccessfully attempted to lead an effort to make drug testing mandatory for welfare recipients. Not surprisingly for Indiana, he was sitting in the number three position of ultimate power in our state’s Republican-controlled House.
I do wonder, though, if the Mensa members who voted him into office were aware that a sex scandal had already dogged him at least once before when McMillin was a prosecutor in Ohio. In 2005, he stepped down from his position after admitting to sexual impropriety with a witness in a case that he was prosecuting.
The 38-year-old philandering former-failed-prosecutor-turned-state-representative will have plenty of time to meditate on the true meaning of family values in the coming weeks. I’m sure that, while sitting at home in Brookville, his family will have plenty to say on the sanctity of the traditional marriage that he has now crapped all over.
I know I’m glad we had such an upstanding example of what a morally upright heterosexual Christian man is supposed to be.