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Anne Arundel delegate who came out as bisexual during conversion therapy debate changes parties

Anne Arundel delegate who came out as bisexual during conversion therapy debate changes parties

Del. Meagan Simonaire checked a box Monday and switched from Republican to Democrat, a move she said will allow her to remain true to herself and her more conservative Anne Arundel County constituents after coming out as bisexual earlier this year during a debate on the House floor.

The registration switch – made in the presence of state Democratic Party officials – caps a turbulent six months from when Simonaire, 28, took the floor and urged the House to ban “conversion therapy” for LGBT youth — a position placing her at odds with her father, a Republican state senator.

Simonaire, who is not seeking re-election, said Monday she needed to be transparent with her...

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