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    SAN ANGELO, Texas The mayor of a West Texas city abruptly resigned Wednesday, picking love over his love of office.

    J.W. Lown told the San Angelo Standard-Times in a telephone interview from Mexico that he was involved in a relationship with a man who does not have legal status in the United States.

    Lown, 32, said he didn't want to take the oath of office knowing he was "aiding and assisting" someone who is not a U.S. citizen. He was to be sworn in Tuesday but did not show up for the ceremony.

    "We had to do the right thing and come to Mexico and wait in line for a visa," Lown said.

    Lown, who has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Mexico, said he didn't know how long it would take to obtain a visa for his partner. He said they would return to San Angelo if "the people of San Angelo will welcome me back."

    Lown, who has his own real estate company, said he'd made thousands of decisions as mayor and weighed the one to resign "in the same manner."

    City Manager Harold Dominguez said he had spoken to Lown twice since receiving the resignation letter Wednesday morning.

    "My impression is that he is very happy with the decision he made," Dominguez said. "He gave the decision-making process a lot of thought, and he is at peace with it. He did sound happy."

    "I think it goes without saying we lost a great public servant with Mayor Lown," Mayor Pro Tem Jon Mark Hogg said. "He cared about and advocated for the city of San Angelo."

    Lown on May 9 overwhelmingly won re-election to a fourth term, garnering about 89 percent of the votes.

    The job of San Angelo mayor pays $600 annually. The mayor is elected at-large, serves a two-year term and has no additional power beyond that of other city council members.
    J.W. Lown, Popular Texas Mayor, Resigns For Gay Immigrant Lover


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    Oh my

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    awwwwwww
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    I think it's strangely sweet and noble of him and I think he showed himself to be a man of character.
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    i think so too.
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    Well, if Texas would legalize gay marriage, then they could get married, his husband would have a green card, and San Angelo would still have a mayor.

    Easy solution. But never gonna happen.

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    Not in Texas. It will one of the last states to allow gay marriage.
    If I can't be a good example, then let me be a horrible warning.

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    At least this time he did it himself.

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    Who cares if he is gay? He was with someone here illegally.



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    Quote Originally Posted by RevellingInSane View Post
    Who cares if he is gay? He was with someone here illegally.
    i guess he should have called the cops on him and had him deported?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    i guess he should have called the cops on him and had him deported?
    No. He should have shoved him across the border.

    Are you so ready to see hatred you create it? The point was, being gay is not a crime. Being here illegally is, but more would demonize him for having a gay lover than aiding in the commission of a crime.

    Go ahead. Look at that with hate tinted glasses too.



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    ^^^^
    isn't that what he did? he decided not to be sworn in as the mayor so he could move to mexico with this guy and wait for a visa. maybe he didn't do it right away because you don't really make that kind of huge decision unless you're sure the relationship is serious enough to warrant it.
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    I think he did the right thing by resigning.. obviously his relationship means more to him than his political career. He could have covered for him/used his political clout to paint him as something other than an illegal immigrant so he could have his cake and eat it too, but he didn't do that, did he?

    I think it was a noble gesture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    ^^^^
    isn't that what he did? he decided not to be sworn in as the mayor so he could move to mexico with this guy and wait for a visa. maybe he didn't do it right away because you don't really make that kind of huge decision unless you're sure the relationship is serious enough to warrant it.
    If he helped someone enter the country or stay illegally, he is a criminal. People do stupid things for love. Does it matter that he did it because he fell in love with someone who had not legal right to be here? Criminally, no?

    While I commend him for giving up everything to be with the person he loves, he is still a criminal.



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