Christine O’Donnell, last night’s victorious Tea Party candidate for the GOP Senate nomination in Delaware, was a major supporter of “ex-gay” ministry when she ran the evangelical organization Savior’s Alliance for Lifting the Truth (SALT) in the late 1990s’. However, what she conveniently forgot to tell voters is that her “ex-gay” staff member at SALT, Wade Richards, came out of the closet and renounced the “ex-gay” ministries in a August 14, 2000 Advocate magazine article.

“I’ve been through so much in my life already,” Richards, 21, told the Advocate in 2000. “But the one constant is I’m gay. I just want to spend some time being who I am.”

Richards made the decision to come out after he and Truth Wins Out founder Wayne Besen, who at the time worked for The Human Rights Campaign, debated on the Alan Colmes Radio Show. Richards was featured in the movie “Fish Can’t Fly”, which detailed the harm done by “ex-gay” organizations.

O’Donnell defeated nine-term Representative Mike Castle, a fixture in Delaware politics for a generation and a political moderate. O’Donnell also opposes masturbation.

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