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Utah County Commissioner Nathan Ivie performs an invocation during the inauguration ceremony at the Historic Utah County Courthouse on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Provo.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Republican lawmaker in an area of Utah where many residents are member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has publicly come out as gay.

Utah County Commissioner Nathan Ivie said Wednesday his announcement was inspired in part by his work with families who have lost gay children to suicide.

He said he is a member of the church but declined to discuss his faith. The religion opposes same-sex relationships.

Utah County is south of Salt Lake City and includes the church-owned Brigham Young University.

The 40-year-old Ivie shared the news in a video posted to Facebook in which he describes wrestling with his sexual orientation since he was a boy and surviving a suicide attempt at age 22.

Ivie says he and his wife of 13 years will be separating.

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